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How to make a Tea Pot Topiary!

Welcome Amigos!

I’m so excited to share with you how I put together the centerpieces for my GF Yaso’s Mad Hatter Bridal Shower.  Please make sure you check out the pictures if you haven’t already!

Here’s what I was able to put together using mostly stuff I had lying around the house!


So cute, am I right?!  And it would work for a bunch of different celebrations other than a tea party… maybe Easter, Princess Party, Book Club, Baby Shower – lots of options there!

First things first.  Do you have a tea pot?

I didn’t have anything like this, so I started going to a few thrift shops once a week to scour for unique pots and tea cups.  Each of these was $5 bucks or less!


Randomly, the polka dot one was from Ikea!

I didn’t want to ruin the actual pots, so I made bases for the topiary sticks using plastic cups filled with plaster of paris.

Find the largest cup that will fit the lip of the pot.
Find the largest cup that will fit the lip of the pot.


I filled the cups 1/2 way with water and then added spoonfuls of the plaster until there was a pudding consistency.  For the stick?  An extra long chopstick that’s used for cooking.  I grabbed a pack of 5 for $1.50 at Daiso, a Japanese dollar store nearby, but I’ve seen these all over the place.  You can also use a dowel for a steal and cut it down to size.

To keep the chopstick in place, I simply taped it to one of my kitchen cabinets for stability.  The level is out, but really I just eye-balled to make sure it was straight, from all angles.

It looks like an ordeal, but it took me about 15 – 20 minutes to do 4 of these cups.  They set up quickly, so do one at a time.  Give em a good 2 hrs before moving them just to be safe.

Next up?  The actual topiary balls!

I snagged a bunch of shredded paper from my office and used flour!  That’s it!!!


Fill a plastic shopping bag 1/2 full with your paper (don’t use all your paper just yet!) and gradually add water until the paper is mildly saturated.  Then add flour until the paper starts to break down and feel a little slippery.

To form the actual spheres, take some dry shredded paper as the center and then cover them with the wet, slimy mixture.  They will dry much faster this way!


After a few hours of sitting outside some of the spheres began to sag under the weight.  I just rotated them, but I didn’t stress about it too much because…

As soon as they’re dry, you’ll cover them in moss!


Using my trusty glue gun, I simply attached chunks of moss at a time.

Make some holes (I actually busted out the drill!) and thread them on your topiary chopstick.

Now you can decorate them anyway you like, but I used ribbon and book pages to embellish mine.

Cut out butterflies with a paper punch.  Two punches for each butterfly will give you a 3D effect when they’re stacked.

Make your ribbon flowers.  I learned how here.  Here’s my tip, though, DON’T cut your ribbon until AFTER you make the flower.  That will save you sooooo much ribbon!!  With one dollar spool from Joanne’s I was able to make 12 small flowers since I didn’t waste any!!

With very thin, pliable wire, wrap your chopstick around the base of a sphere 4-5 times and glue the end onto the ball, hiding it in the moss.

Can you spot the wire there??
Can you spot the wire there??

Attach a butterfly or two on the wire so that it looks like it’s flying around your topiary!


Then attach your flowers and butterflies using a glue gun.  I did two variations… one with flowers on the actual topiary spheres and one with flowers hiding the chopstick.


Using double stick tape, I secured the plaster of paris cups to the inside of the tea pot.  That worked well for the larger tea pots, for smaller ones, you might want to add some small pebbles, rice or colored sand for extra support – especially if it’s windy outside!


How super cute is this on the table?!  And then you can give them to the guests as party favors/gifts or hey, keep ’em for yourself!!

I’ll share more party ideas in a few days!

But what do you think?  Totally doable, yes?!?

Happy Creating!  Jessica

A Mad Little Bridal Shower!

Hello Friends!

So, it happened.  The shower has come and gone (bittersweet) and now I get the fun part of sharing all the special little details with you!  Yay!

For today, maybe just a few pictures and tutorials will be out in the next few posts.  Coolio?


There’s me on the left, with “my girls!”  We’re having fun with our summer hats and perfect weather!


See those adorable tea pot topiaries peaking there?  I’ll show you how I made them with stuff I basically had on hand!


Check out the cotton candy buckets, rose cakes, hanging circle and book page garlands… yup, all that knowledge will be yours to yield!


A fun little perch for the Bride to be!  She didn’t have to wonder where to sit… right in front of blueberry scones with “Eat Me” tags.  The less thinking the better, no?!

You can also see that I set up a few coffee machines in the back for hot water and cafe… it’s a tea party and you need lots of tea, of course!  But who wants to be running back and forth heating up tea kettles??  Not me!


Each guest went home with a vintage tea cup, embellished with a butterfly cut-out and a sweet wish for the bride.  Here you can also see the book runner made with pages of a book and some glue!  Easy stuff that looked so whimsical!


No shower would be complete without a little roasting of the bride!  Here we’re testing her knowledge of the groom.  She did great!!  And that sash?  Ya, I’ll let you in on how I made that too!

I must thank this guest for having her hat cover my belly in every shot!!


Guests are filling out fun little advice cards to put in a glass canister as a gift to the bride.  Makes for great Sunday morning laughs during the first year!!



No tea party would be complete without a little signage!  You can make your own with arrows printed on colored paper and a spare cardboard roll – I used a fabric roll since it was sturdier and I had one on hand.  Just wrap it in crepe paper and glue your arrows on!

I’m super happy with how everything turned out!  It did take a bit of planning, but hey, I’m all about a fab party with unique, personal touches.

Have a wonderful day my gems!

And check in on Thursday morning for Week 4 of the 6 week room challenge!!  Needless to say that it’s getting close to the wire and I’m working hard to get ‘er done.

Tootles!  Jesica

Mad Hatter Bridal Shower Invitations

Howdy Partners!

Are you all just dying because spring is here?!  ‘Cause I am!  I have this long Spring Cleaning list and crazy preggo nesting syndrome.  Possibly, the greatest combination in the history of my life.  I’m going to get SO MUCH DONE.

Speaking of getting things done, I’m merrily crossing off cute little ideas for my friends bridal shower.  And the first one I want to share with you are the invitations that went out two weeks ago.  Side note – isn’t it so much fun to get an rsvp?!  I’ve got myself a little excel spreadsheet and everything!

Anyhoo… I was inspired by the theme (duh), lace, girlie colors, flowers and cursive font.  I wanted to do a play on being Madly in Love… really, we’ve all got to be a little mad to get married!  Can I get an amen?!

Here’s what I came up with!


Here are the handy helpers that made my job much, much easier!


First things first, and this may surprise you, but get the envelope.  I decided to make my own with an envelope maker, a pack of Snow Cap White textured paper, and a roll of adhesive tape runner.  Once you’ve decided on a size, then you can get to designing the actual invitation!

Step 2, was the hardest part since I’m no graphic designer.  I used Word to put together a fun invitation layout and printed out the copies on my home printer.

Using a straight edge paper cutter, I carefully cut out each invitation and affixed them to a separate sheet of colored, texture paper, (which I also cut into separate strips with my cutter).


For the invitation wrapping, I bought an assortment of purple hued paper in 12×12 sheets.  In this size, I could make the invitation part 6 inches long, and still wrap it with a 12″ long strip.  Less cutting, people, that’s all this means.

Using a continuous paper punch, I made a lace pattern on each side, making sure that the design matched on both sides.

For the finishing touch, I printed out a bunch of “Open Me’s” and then used an label shaped cutter for that!


With a few inches of ribbon 0.25″ thick, I simply secured the tag, folded each cover to the middle, and made a pretty simple loop instead of a bow.  I tried a few options, but I ended up liking this way the best, but seriously a bow would have been bomb too!

Why so many colors?  Well, I kind of liked the idea that everyone would get something different.

I think they turned out really special!

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What do you think?  Wanna make your own invitations?!

Did it take me some time?  Yes.  But you know what?  It’s worth it.

At least I think so.

Happy Creating everyone!!  Be inspired!  Jessica