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Paper Topiary Tutrial

Do you like, ever see projects and think, “I’m totally going to try that”? Well…this year I plan on making some fun projects and today it’s all about the topiary. 
To make the topiary you will need:
Paper Strips; 
  • Use trimmer/guillotine to cut any CWC paper of your choice in to 0.5 x 4 inch strips.
  • Staple the ends together – yes you really need to do this.
  • Use a complimentary colour to ink all edges once stapled, I used Ranger Distress Ink – Abandoned Coral  (optional step).
You’re going to need a lot of strips so get cutting and stapling. For the Topiary I used a 5 inch Styrofoam ball. Although each step takes time, it doesn’t require any expert techniques so any crafter, from beginner to expert, will be able to create one.
Take your stapled strips and a using a hot glue gun attach them (staple side down) one by one to the styrofoam ball.   
You’ll know when you’ve done enough as it will look perfectly symmetrical. You can then pop the topiary ball on to a wooden dowel and secure in to any type of base (I used a pot which was in my cupboard). 
I had some strips left so decided to make a card with the leftover scraps of paper. 
I had a lot of fun making these projects and you can see both on display at: GREAT CREATE EXTRAVAGANZA
FRIDAY 10th & SATURDAY 11th March 2017
Hall 2, Yorkshire Event Centre, The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate
10am – 4pm each day. Disabled access from 9.30am
Tickets for entry can now only be purchased on the day.
Lots of Love


  1. Lorre-Anne Archibald

    10th March 2017 - 1:58 pm

    Love love love it need to have a go at this xx

    • Jennifer Kray

      10th March 2017 - 7:27 pm

      Hi Lorre-Anne 🙂
      Thank you for taking the time to visit and leaving me a comment. It really is a simple project and looks fabulous when finished. xx

  2. Sue Smith

    11th March 2017 - 2:55 pm

    Love this make of your Jen! It would look great as an Easter decoration! xXx

  3. Maxcine

    12th March 2017 - 4:45 pm

    Great tutorial Jennifer it looked amazing on the CWC stand. XxxxxX

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