In a sea of candy-coated and pastel Easter decorations, making a neutral-colored egg topiary is a refreshingly subdued yet festive way to welcome spring. It's a versatile item that would look equally beautiful in a living room, kitchen or entryway. The best part of this project is that it doesn't require much crafting experience or time.
Things You'll Need
- 4-by-6-inch terracotta pot, 1
- Floral foam
- Serrated kitchen knife
- Straight stick that measures at least 1/4 inch in diameter and 10 inches in length
- 1 package of craft moss
- Burlap (enough to wrap your pot)
- Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
- Ribbon in any color and width you like (enough to wrap your pot)
- Jute twine
- Craft foam in a sphere shape, 4 inches
- 30 2-inch papier-mache eggs
- 1 hat pin or glass-head pin
Tip: A willow, bamboo or wooden dowel will work for the stick, and papier-mache eggs are available seasonally at craft stores.
Establish the Base
Use the serrated kitchen knife to cut your floral foam brick down so that it fits snugly into the base of your pot. Insert your straight stick into the center of the foam.
Create a Mossy Finish
Use your scissors to cut a couple pieces of craft moss that are large enough to cover the floral foam base. Overlap one piece of moss over the other for a layered look. Cut a slit in the top piece of moss so it will fit around the stick. To avoid the visible straight seam (as shown), use your scissors to create a jagged, more natural-looking edge.
Wrap the Pot
Cut a length of burlap that is long enough to wrap around your pot with about 1 inch of overlap. The height should be enough that it covers the base of the pot. Secure the burlap in place with hot glue. The glue will seep onto the pot, which will keep it from slipping.
Warning: Always be mindful of your fingertips when using hot glue, especially when it can seep through the fabric.
Secure the Ribbon
Add color by wrapping ribbon around the center of the burlap. Bring the ribbon ends together in the same place where your burlap ends met, and secure it in place with hot glue.
Finish the Base
Cut a long length of jute twine from the spool and tightly wrap it around the pot, centered over the colorful ribbon. Secure the jute by tying a decorative bow at the front of the pot. Cut away any excess cord tails. You can secure the bow to the ribbon with a dab of hot glue if you like, but it's not necessary.
Build the Topiary
With your base complete, grab the 4-inch foam ball and firmly press it 2 to 3 inches into the stick.
Wrap the Foam Ball
Take the foam ball off the stick. Unwrap a sheet of craft moss, and put the foam ball in the center of it. Begin wrapping the moss around the entire sphere. Do not cover the hole in the sphere where you pierced it with the stick. Fold the moss over and around the entire surface, using the tacky side of the craft moss and hot glue to secure the moss in place.
Note: Depending on the brands, some foam may melt a bit when it comes in contact with hot glue. Using a small ball of the same foam as a test is always wise, but using the hot glue gun in zig zag motions while dispersing the glue (rather than one concentrated blob) will lessen any noticeable pits that may occur. The moss is an extremely forgiving surface, so if some depressions form, you may not even notice it.
Trim the Moss
Use your scissors to cut away any lumpy or over-folded areas of moss. The moss will just act as a background, so it doesn't need to be a perfectly even surface. Stick the moss-covered sphere back onto the stick.
Wrap Eggs in Jute Twine
To wrap some of your papier-mache eggs in jute twine, begin with a squirt of hot glue at the tapered end of one egg. Working with your jute still on the spool, fold a 1/4-inch end of the cord and carefully press it into the glue. You can secure it in place with a hat pin while the glue dries. Then, tightly wrap the jute around half of the egg, occasionally squirting hot glue along one side of the egg, before pressing the cord into it.
Finish the Jute-Wrapped Eggs
When the egg is half-wrapped and the hot glue is dry, turn the egg upside down and wrap the second half, squirting hot glue as you go. When the egg is fully wrapped and the glue is dry, cut the jute with your scissors and remove the pin. Your first jute-wrapped egg may take you a few minutes to complete, but the more you make, the quicker you will get.
Leave Some Eggs Unwrapped
Wrap roughly 15 of your 30 eggs in jute. The increased size of the jute eggs will ensure that your sphere surface is completely covered.
Attach the Eggs
Working from the bottom up, begin gluing the eggs (both the jute-wrapped and bare papier-mache) to the craft moss sphere. Turn the eggs in different directions as you glue them down.
The Finished Egg Tree
When you are done, pull off any hot glue strings, and scrape any visible glue off with your fingernail.
Tip: If your glue was particularly messy, use a hair dryer to heat up the excess glue and remove it with your fingers.
- Megan Andersen