Of all of the places I have lived overseas, only twice did I fall in love with autumn: in Almaty (Kazakhstan) and in New England (USA). My English is limited, but even if it weren’t, I would still have a hard time describing the beauty and harmony of the autumn colors in both of those places I lived. Greg grew up in New England, so he is used to all the beautiful reds, yellows, oranges and golds that come with fall. He also lived in Colorado for a time. I showed him pictures of autumn in Kazakhstan, and he said that it looked like a combination of New England and Colorado. All I can say is that the fall colors in both places are absolutely gorgeous!
Say what? Oh, you are wondering why I’m talking about autumn all of a sudden? Well, it is because the Dollar Store started bringing in fall flowers, and as you may have guessed, I bought a bunch. Ok, maybe I bought a little more than a bunch, but it was all for a good reason: to make this DIY fall flower topiary and to fill the hanging flower basket I recently finished.
Now be honest – don’t they look lovely? I know some people think that Dollar Store decoration is just cheap crap, but with a little bit of imagination, you can actually turn them into gorgeous decor for your home! Take my faux succulent wreath as an example…or the scary mummy decor…ok, ok, it’s not time for Halloween stuff just yet, so let’s not lose the subject. So what was I saying? Hmmm… Dollar Store… yes they have started bringing fall flowers, so before they run out of them, you might want to grab some of those gorgeous flowers and make these easy and affordable fall projects! 😉
I’m sure you’ve had enough of my yapping, so before you all run away, let’s start with the DIY fall flower topiary tutorial, shall we?
DIY Fall Flower Topiary
For my DIY fall flower topiary I used:
- Fall flowers – I got mine from Dollar Store as their fall flowers are affordable and look great in a topiary like this.
- An 8 inch foam ball – the size is up to your desire, as anything from 6 inch to 10 inch will work. I made mine with an 8 inch ball, as that seemed like the best size for me.
- A flower pot or an urn – I had a galvanized metal flower pot on hand, so I used that. If you like the galvanized look, Amazon has some nice ones.
- Some hot glue.
Once I gathered all the materials, I started pulling all the different colors of flowers and the suitable greenery out of the picks.
Then, one-by-one, I started hot gluing them on the foam ball.
…and again……you get the point, right? I carried on until I almost filled the entire foam ball with flowers.
A little hint about this “filling the ball with flowers” step: pick the flowers randomly, because randomness is good when it comes to flower arrangements. Also make sure you hot glue some green leaves here and there, as it creates a really nice contrast. Now back to the tutorial…
Once I got the foam ball almost filled with flowers, I hot glued the rim of my pot…
…and placed it on the ball.
And with that, my fall flower topiary was done. You see how easy that was? The whole thing takes less than an hour.
Do you know what else is easy? My cute little DIY pumpkin next to the topiary 😀
I wish I made one slightly bigger topiary, so it would fit perfectly in this urn. Well, I guess I’ll be visiting the Dollar Store once again – hahaha 😀
Now let’s move on to the hanging flower basket tutorial, shall we?
Hanging Flower Basket
The basket had 2 locks for its lid, one in front and one in back. But as it had no lid, there was no point keeping the locks, so I started taking them off without damaging the basket.
Once the locks were removed, I taped the arm strap and gave the basket 2 coats of Folkart Chalk Paint in White Adirondack color. Then I set the basket aside for the paint to dry.
Next, I hot glued 2 Dollar Store foams together. I took 14 Dollar Store fall flower picks and started arranging the flowers as randomly as possible. Once finished with the flower arrangement, I placed the foams into the basket and my second project was also complete.
So what do you think? Both projects were pretty easy, right? As mid-August will be quite hectic due to the new deck construction, I need all the “easy” I can get nowadays. So I will have more of these quick and easy fall projects this year. 😉
And here is my cute little DIY Pumpkin once again! Don’t worry, soon I’ll be posting the tutorial for it 🙂
As usual, some close-up pictures for you…
Now, you may ask why I named the post “Hanging Flower Basket” while there are no pictures of it hanging. Well, the plan is to hang this basket on the front door this fall. I’m afraid that if I hung it out there now, the neighbors would think I was a nutter, and Greg would complain that I’m stealing his summer, LOL!
I hope you liked both of my fall projects today. I am not sure whether my next post will be the sisal rope DIY pumpkins or something else, but I know it will be something pretty easy again 😉