Monday, October 19, 2009

Going Green with a Brown Thumb!

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After Symone’s Mommy and Symone bought my daughter a bouquet of flowers in honor of her first high school dance and we enjoyed those gorgeous blooms for a week, I knew that I needed to incorporate something green and living (or was once living) into my living spaces to break up all of the browns. But I knew that I have never been successful in keeping green plants alive, so I would have to come up with an alternative. And I found it in preserved sheet moss and preserved reindeer moss.

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I used some small urns purchased for 50% off from Hobby Lobby, a Styrofoam ball and a Styrofoam cone and hot glued the moss onto the foam using my LOW temp glue gun. That reminds me – do you know that there are low temp glue guns? I’ve read so much about burned fingertips in blog land that I don’t think a lot of people may be aware of them. I works the exact same way as hot temp glue guns, but it just doesn’t get as hot. I find them to be perfect for projects like this that involves using your fingers to press lightweight items into the glue.

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I used the sheet moss on the cone topiary and the reindeer moss on the ball topiary. I loved how the came out and adds just a bit of green to my living spaces. I’ll definitely be making more of these to place all around my house.

I am linking up to Kimba's DIY Day at a Soft Place to Land.

DIY Day @ ASPTL

8 comments:

L.Duncan@home23duncanboys said...

These are cute! I burned myself 3 times making that wreath the other night! I will be looking for a low temp glue gun now....THANKS!

Symone's Mommy said...

LOVE that...just the kind of green you need. Fits nicely in your decor.

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

These are so sweet - I especially like the tree cone shape one!

blessings
mary

Kimm at Reinvented said...

great project! I should try this too, as I have quite the "brown thumb!"

Mandy said...

Darling! I've been thinking about making a few of these...you did a great job!

Room to Inspire said...

These are great! What a great way to add a little green in your living space. Thanks for sharing.

Chelsea

sweetpicklesandchocolate said...

What an awesome idea! Keep up the good work.

Dayka said...

I love a good topiary! With the exception of bamboo plants, I don't keep potted plants around because my thumb is also brown. These look really easy and would be especially great for Christmas (OUR favorite holiday!). Nice meeting you, and thanks again for the comment.

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