NEWS FLASH-- Item #157 on my “love-love-LOVE” list: topiaries! Whether made of moss, ivy, eucalyptus, wire… you name it, I love it! So while I was racking my brain to think of a creative way to display seashells, I decided that what else I COULD do but make them into a topiary!?!
I picked up this topiary—covered with tacky Styrofoam “candies” (NOT on my “love” list)—at a thrift store or garage sale some time ago, and decided to use its
|(minus the yellow spots where the previous "toppings" were glued)|
I then used my trusty hot glue gun to cover the cone with burlap, not only because I didn’t want the Styrofoam showing between the shells, but also to give the shells something to stick to (the foam is made up of those little balls that I was afraid would start falling off!)
Then I started assembling the shell “jigsaw puzzle”! Starting from the top down, I ran a bead of hot glue around the back edge of each shell and stuck it in place, as snugly against the previous one as possible :) (Sorry, I can’t make it any more complicated for you… it really was that simple!) When I reached the bottom, I went back around and filled in any small gaps with the tiniest shells. A couple dozen seashells (and a couple burnt fingers) later:
I glued some larger shells around the base of the topiary “trunk” to hide the Styrofoam at the bottom.
I also glued a strip of burlap around the pot, to add a rustic contrast against the silver.
A simple project with a lovely result! I love the beachy touch it brings to my “mantel”!
P.S. I have now added another favorite to my “love-love-LOVE” list—my hi-temp glue gun!