Saturday, January 29, 2011

I {HEART} TOPIARIES

so...the other day while in target...the hubs starts piling these super cute mini stuffed conversation hearts from the dollar spot into the cart...i'm wondering what the heck is he doing?...then he says "let's see if you can figure something out to do with these"...ummm...was that a challenge?....because it sounded like one to me!...

well...in the great words of barney stintson from how i met your mother...challenge accepted!....and before we were even out of the store...i knew what i was doing...topiaries!...

look at how this little cutie turned out!...and best part...super easy and cheap!...now that should teach him to challenge me!...so...if you're keeping score...the bean...1...hubs...zero....

 
wanna make your own?...

you'll need one of the stuffed hearts with all the obnoxious tags ripped off...bucket...these are from the dollar spot too...and some ribbon...

 
also...grab a wooden dowel...this one's 1/4" inch in diameter by 12" inches in length...tulle...an empty ribbon spool...and glue gun...

 
take ribbon and add some adhesive to it...you could do glue or what i used...my atg...then adhere to the top of the dowel at an angle...and start wrapping around...

 
keep going until all covered...snip off the excess...now...you could always just paint the dowel...but it's actually quicker to cover with the ribbon...

 
shove the empty ribbon spool in the bucket...it's a nice snug fit...now...i always have these on hand...but if you don't have any...then you could just cut a piece of styrofoam and put in there...

 
put a big 'ol blob of hot glue on one end of the dowel...no need to be too pretty...

 
then put dowel into the hole of the ribbon spool...now add more blobs of glue all around the dowel...to keep 'er in place...hold the dowel straight until the glue cools...don't want it all cattywompus....

 
find the center on the point of the heart pillow...make a little "x" shaped slit...

 
slide pillow on the dowel...

 
cut about two feet of tulle...smoosh up and shove in the bucket...then fluff to make pretty...

 
all done!...super cute, huh?...and a little over two bucks make!...can't get much sweeter than that!...

 
look at all the yummy colors these little pillows come in!...

 
had to do up one with my fav color combo!...red and turquoise....

 
now these topiaries will be at the heart of every conversation!...

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23 comments:

buglvr2010 said...

So adorable....I love these. Better get to Target!

Biz said...

Super cute!
Biz

Kim V. said...

OK - I have to go to Target now. I think my nieces will love these!!! Awesome idea!

Kim said...

Love it!! So funny for your husband to want to challenge you!!!
~Kim

Just Cake Girl said...

Very cute :) Love it!

Jean said...

How cute and I love How I Met Your Mother by the way.

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [30 Jan 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Audrey Frelx said...

So cute!!! Bet your hubby challenges you again now!!!

Shawnee said...

Very cute project. I love How I Met Your Mother, too. Barney is soo funny.

Lindy Harnarain said...

Adorable! Love this idea

Ricki said...

What an adorable and easy project! Love it!

IPOHC said...

This is so cute! And how clever to use the ribbon spool to hold your dowel! Great job!

Jeana
inplaceofhercrown.blogspot.com

Amy said...

Sooooo cute! I'm gonna try it today!

~The Bargain Babe said...

Love the dollar spot at Target. Your pillow topiaries look wonderful.

tt.scraps said...

I heart Target. And reading your blog. Super cute.

4kids4 said...

Oh these are wonderful! If I can just get to Target before it starts snowing in the morning!! TFS! BTW, don't you just love Barney Stintson??? Wait for it...

~Sharon C.

myapyapooh said...

This is so creative, you do very nice projects.

I left you a blog award on my blog

Cheryl B said...

Target's Dollar spot needs to put you on payroll cuz everytime I go looking for the stuff to make some for me they are all sold out!!! Funny thing is yesterday I was thinking "man I wish I had a phone number for Greenbean, I would call her right now and ask her to brainstorm and help me come up with a craft using CD's that won't play" any suggestions?;)

cjbarclay at gmail dot com

Jarna said...

Awesome project!

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Heidi Kingery said...

These are so cute and easy! I wish my hubby piled stuff in the cart for me to use! LOL

Bea said...

these are great - looks like you and your hubby are a winning team!

Sara said...

super easy!!!
http://skeesblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/valentines-decoration.html

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