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Thursday, 8 March 2012

Topiaries for My Spring Mantel

Hello bloggie friends. 
Last week I showed you some materials I was working with to create something for my mantel. Well, I'm finished and here they are...

Two topiaries for my Spring mantel....

I used two styrofoam balls, lots of faux hydrangeas in three different colours, two ceramic pots, butterflies, and sheer ribbon.  I cut the stem from the flowers to stand the topiaries up in their pots. 

There was a lot of gluing! I used florist's foam inside the pots to anchor the topiaries and then I covered it over with Spanish moss. 

I am not finished decorating my mantel yet but you get the idea. Just a hint of pink for Spring.

I am thinking very seriously of making a matching wreath to hang from the mirror. I will share it with you if I do.
Thank you for visiting today and enjoy your weekend.

I am linking this with-
Sherry's Home Sweet Home
Courtney's Feathered Nest Friday
Kathy's Home and Garden Thursday
Cindy's Show and Tell
Beverly's Pink Saturday

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


Kays Kids said...

They look beautiful. So Pretty.

Terra said...

These are wonderful.

Zinnia said...

So cute! Wish you a nice weekend! Zinnia

Marilyn said...

Those are very pretty! And I'm sure each small flower was put on with love.♥♫

Stella said...

How lovely, Love the spring look. I think a wreath would look very nice so can't wait to see it.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...


Those are truly lovely! Well done and such a sweet pretty feminine burst of Spring look to them.

Celia M. c. said...

I have been waiting to see what you were going to do...they are beyond gorgeous!! Love the added ribbon and butterfly ... thank you for the inspiration!! xo HHL

Barbara said...

This is a wonderful idea...I am sitting here reading your post with a green empty planter sitting next to me. Mmmmmmm....I think I know what I will be doing with it! Thank for sharing and have a great evening!

Keri On said...

OH..they look lovely! So very cheerful!

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

aren't they sweet! Just precious and perfect for spring.

Pamela Gordon said...

Sandi, these are so sweet! What a great project.

Kathryn Ross said...

Oh, so, pretty, Sandi! I love making these kinds of things - just not the time in my life to make all the things I'd like to. Wonderful that spring is around the corner - getting all my flowers and bunnies out this week, too!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

HI Sandi...

Ohhh my...your hydrangea topiaries are sooo beautiful!!! I love the soft pink and white...sooo very spring like for sure! What a creative and talented lady you are! Thank you for sharing your new pretties with us and for the great tutorial. I would love to try my hand at one of these. They're looking beautiful on your spring mantel!!!

Thank you so much for coming by and leaving me such a sweet note, dear friend! I sooo appreciate your thoughtfulness and many prayers!

Love ya,

Lady Linda said...

So pretty and fresh and you Sandi. I love the look.
I bought a new teacup is pink! I just love pink and I guess I'm a pink addict.
Enjoy your weekend.
Love, Linda

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Oh those are so pretty, I thought the pink was a real hydrangea at first!

Johanna said...

Hi Sandi,
the topiaries are gorgeous. So very dainty and sweet. Thank you for sharing this inspiring idea.
Best greetings, Johanna

jeanetteann said...

Sandi, they are just delightful,so pretty
xx jeanetteann

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

The topiaries are beautiful Sandi.

Happy Weekend!

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

hi there! how are you : ) i love the topiaries!!! i love to make all kinds and these are just fabulous! thanks so much for sharing them with us! i am going to go check everything out! i just became a new follower and looking forward to knowing you better! hugs...

Kaye said...

Such a delicate color. So pretty on your mantle.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

How darling these are! Perfect for your mantel. It was a great idea mixing the colors! Have a terrific weekend!

Char said...

Hello Sandi,
I have missed our visits and am so honored that you came to leave a comment on my baby shoe.
I had to laugh when you said they wouldn't work for you because you have boys. Collection Gal in Texas wrote, she has boys with baby cowboy boots and is thinking of making something very similiar using the boots and some barbed wire. I think they would be adorable and too cute for words.
I can see the boy shoes with brown, tan, creams etc. Go for it if you love it. If you do, please leave a photo, I too would love to see them. Sweet as can be.
I love your mantel and your topiaries. Hydrangreas are one of my favorites and your work showcases them just perfect. The butterflies are a nice touch too.
Happy Spring to you and hopefully I will visit often. I have missed you,

Gabriela Delworth said...


Such a pretty floral topiary!


Lynne Moncrieff said...

Happy Pink Saturday
That couldn't be any prettier.

Kay Ellen said...

Pretty in Pink!!
Happy PS!

Kay Ellen

Tami Kenner said...

Hi pretty! It feels like Spring over here at the Rose Chintz Cottage!
Happy Pink Saturday...xo Tami

Marydon said...

Exquisite topiaries Sandi.

Have a lovely PS weekend ~

~Giveaway ends 3/15 ~

Linda Young said...

So very pretty! I don't have a mantle, but you've got me thinking about making topiaries for the top of an old bookcase that has a mirror above it!
Be blessed!


Hi Sandi!

I just love the softness of your creations! they look darling on your mantel....and what fun it is to decorate our homes for the changing seasons! yes!!!!!!

thanks so much for should also make a wreath..that would look incredibly sweet in the montage!

happy approaching spring!

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Hi Sandi,
You did a marvelous job! They are so fresh and pretty! Your mantle is gorgeous!!! Isn't it wonderful that spring is soon to be here?
Jil ♥

Marie Arden said...

Elegant and pretty. You are a clever bunny!

RobinfromCA said...

Such a cheerful spring vignette - and you made those! The little sparkly butterflies are the perfect touch.

Happy Pink Saturday,

Poppy said...

Oh how lovely! I love the soft subtle colors on your mantle,Sandi! The pretty topiaries are looking so elegant with the ribbons and butterfly... really lovely!Thanks for letting us take a peek at your mantle! Have a wonderful weekend!Hugs~Poppy

Loretta said...

Wow, your mantle is soooo pretty, and so is your blog! Which layout do you use for it? I'd love to know. Thanks in advance.

LV said...

You did a beautiful job. You have more patience than I do. I would never master anything like that.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Lovely ... I love hydrangeas you can do so much with them.
Happy PS

Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes And Cozy Home Kitchen said...

Those are very pretty Sandi! I love the pink flowers you used. A matching wreat sure would tie this area together, but they are pretty just on their own.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. Have a great weekend!

rosechicfriends said...

Hi Sandi!
Oh your topiarys are just beautiful. Been meaning to stop by, but have been dealing with a kidney infection and cold. They really have gotten me down and not feeling much like reaching out to bad. I must admit blogging is a struggle as well for me right now and im in need of a change..not sure what i will be doing...praying and seeking the Lord for direction.

I do hope this finds you your header with your Rose Chintz!!!!

Be blessed my friend,

Blythe Ghost said...

Very pretty and feminine ... they would be perfect for a wedding!

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Sandi! Your topaiaries came out so lovely! Well done! Thanks for the tutorial!

Hope you get a moment to stop by and see me!

Have a lovely (pink) weekend!


Barb~Bella Vista said...


They are absolutely beautiful. I just love them.

Oh, the china you have in your header are the same plates I just placed in my plate rack on the sun porch. So lovely!

Have a great weekend,
Hugs, Barb

Ms. Burrito said...

So pretty!

Broken Leg with a bit of pink. Have a great weekend.

Holly said...

These are so beautiful, Sandi! I love hydrangeas!
Thanks for the beautiful post.
Happy Pink Saturday!

Marti McClure said...

Hi Sandy, your topiaries look adorable on your mantle! Happy Pink Saturday. ~Marti

Trish said...

Sandi, they are BEAUTIFUL!
So soft and pretty on your mantle!
Lovely spring creations, indeed.

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Olivia said...

Oh honey your topiary is just delightful! Big squishy hugs,

racheld said...

How very charming! I think we're all in mood for some pastels and GREEN.


Cathy said...

What lovely hydrangeas. Absolutely beautiful. You did a great job with your pretty topiaries.

What a wonderful Pink Saturday post. Have a great weekend.


Sares said...

Very pretty! I'm into using pink and pastels this time of year now too. Happy Pink and have a great weekend!

Rosewalk Cottage said...

So pretty Sandi! I like the way you mixed the colors. So soft. HPS.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Very pretty and so spring-like. I love hydrangeas!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

These are so pretty and just sing of Spring!
By the way, do you still have snow up there?


jeanne said...

Good morning Sandi, Your mantel is looking much like spring. Very pretty.
You make creating a topiary look so easy. I think the wreath idea would be lovely. I am making my mantel over soon. I will have to share it as well.
Happy Sunday.
Hugs, Jeanne

dana said...

HPS!! What gorgeous creations!!! They certainly are springy....great job!


Karen said...

Yes, the idea of the wreath sounds wonderful. Your decorations are really pretty. Thanks for the pics!

Magnolia Cottage said...

Hi Sandi,
Your hydrangeas look beautiful on your mantel! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day!


Suzann said...

Hello Sandi.
So pretty!!! Love them on your mantel.
Hope your weekend was wonderful!!!
Suzann ~xoxo~

Vicki said...

Oh, my goodness, your topiaries are so pretty. They seem to be saying, "Welcome Spring!" Great job on them, Sandi! Blessings always~ Vicki

Lisa notes... said...

How creative you are. Those are beautiful!

Melissa said...

Love your topiaries. Thanks for stopping by and HPS! To you.

Sherry said...

Very pretty Sandi! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

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