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Star Topiary Tree

By: Margaret Riley
Margaret Riley
Margaret Riley
Margaret Riley has been an author of  many books and magazine articles about crafting, Margaret Riley has also owned two craft and hobby stores; designed, demonstrated, and taught for numerous craft companies; and assisted with the filming of craft-related television shows. She excels in a variety of arts. A resident of Tallahassee, Fla., Margaret enjoys cooking, gardening, and camping.
A unique topiary project for your home this holiday season.
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Supplies

Apple Barrel ® Colors - Turquoise, 2 oz.
Item #20210
Versatile, high quality acrylic paint for crafts. Excellent coverage. Fast-drying. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are AP certified non-toxic and waterbased.

$0.99

Apple Barrel ® Colors - Petunia Purple, 2 oz.
Item #20226
Versatile, high quality acrylic paint for crafts. Excellent coverage. Fast-drying. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are AP certified non-toxic and waterbased.

$0.99

Apple Barrel ® Colors - Plum Kiss, 2 oz.
Item #20246
Versatile, high quality acrylic paint for crafts. Excellent coverage. Fast-drying. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are AP certified non-toxic and waterbased.

$0.99

Apple Barrel ® Colors - Yellow, 2 oz.
Item #20502
Versatile, high quality acrylic paint for crafts. Excellent coverage. Fast-drying. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are AP certified non-toxic and waterbased.

$0.99

Apple Barrel ® Colors - White, 2 oz.
Item #20503
Versatile, high quality acrylic paint for crafts. Excellent coverage. Fast-drying. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are AP certified non-toxic and waterbased.

$0.99

Apple Barrel ® Colors - Black, 2 oz.
Item #20504
Versatile, high quality acrylic paint for crafts. Excellent coverage. Fast-drying. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are AP certified non-toxic and waterbased.

$0.99

Apple Barrel ® Colors - Territorial Beige, 2 oz.
Item #20558
Versatile, high quality acrylic paint for crafts. Excellent coverage. Fast-drying. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are AP certified non-toxic and waterbased.

$0.99

Apple Barrel ® Colors - Pure Silver, 2 oz.
Item #20762
Versatile, high quality acrylic paint for crafts. Excellent coverage. Fast-drying. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are AP certified non-toxic and waterbased.

$0.99

Apple Barrel ® Colors - Caterpillar, 2 oz.
Item #21342
Versatile, high quality acrylic paint for crafts. Excellent coverage. Fast-drying. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are AP certified non-toxic and waterbased.

$0.99

FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ - Gold, 2 oz.
Item #2786
Sparkling fine glitter acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Use on all porous surfaces. For brightest shimmer, basecoat with similar FolkArt color. All colors are certified AP non-toxic and water-based.

$2.59

FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ - Peridot, 2 oz.
Item #2789
Sparkling fine glitter acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Use on all porous surfaces. For brightest shimmer, basecoat with similar FolkArt color. All colors are certified AP non-toxic and water-based.

$2.59

FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ - Tourquoise, 2 oz.
Item #2790
Sparkling fine glitter acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Use on all porous surfaces. For brightest shimmer, basecoat with similar FolkArt color. All colors are certified AP non-toxic and water-based.

$2.59

FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ - Purple, 2 oz.
Item #2791
Sparkling fine glitter acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Use on all porous surfaces. For brightest shimmer, basecoat with similar FolkArt color. All colors are certified AP non-toxic and water-based.

$2.59

FolkArt ® Texture Paint - White, 4 oz.
Item #2860
Raise the bar on your crafting projects! Our new texture paint applies smoothly like cake icing and dries with texture. FolkArt Texture Paint is a full-bodied formula used to add decorative dimension and texture to home accents, crafts and school projects.

$7.09

Mod Podge ® Sparkle, 2 oz.
Item #CS11217
Add a touch of sparkle to your decoupage projects! Waterbase formula dries fast & clear, holds tight, protects and gives a smooth finish. Great for all-around crafts and kid's projects.

$3.49

Other Supplies
Ruler
11 inch piece of 1/4” dowel
3-inch round Styrofoam™ ball
2-inch round Styrofoam™ ball
5-3/4 inch Styrofoam™ star
3” x 3” Styrofoam™ square
4 1-1/2 inch wood flat disc
2 1-1/4 inch wood primitive star
4 1-inch wood gingerbread men
4 7/8 inch oval disc
8 ¾ inch wood flat disc bead
4 5/8 inch wood barrel bead
4 corsage pins
1-1/2 yards Nylon Wired Edge Ribbon (color of your choice)
16-gauge floral wire
18-inch silver 22-gauge galvanized steel wire
Foam glue
No. 8 fabric round scrubber brush
No. 10/0 liner brush
No. 4 and 8 flat shader brush
¼ inch stencil brush
Palette knife or wood craft stick
Palette paper or foam plate
Paper towels

Instructions

Tip: Use the round fabric scrubber to apply paint to all Styrofoam pieces. Push the paint into the pores of the Styrofoam for complete coverage.

  1. SQUARE: Paint Styrofoam square Pure Silver. Let dry.
  2. Using No. 4 flat shader, paint 1/4-inch border around each edge with Black & White. Let dry.
  3. Paint each of the 1-1/2-inch wood flat discs: Caterpillar, Plum Kiss, Turquoise, and Yellow. Let dry. Paint Gold Glitter Paint over Yellow disc, Peridot Glitter Paint over Caterpillar disc, Purple Glitter Paint over Plum Kiss disc, and Turquoise Glitter paint over Turquoise disc. Let dry.
  4. Glue painted discs in center on each side.
  5. Using palette knife or wood craft stick, apply Texture Paint onto each corner.
  6. 3-INCH BALL: Using permanent marker, measure a 1-inch wide stripe around ball. Paint stripe Yellow.
  7. Paint above Yellow stripe Plum Kiss and below stripe Turquoise. Let dry.
  8. Using liner brush, add Caterpillar line on each side of Yellow stripe.
  9. Paint four flat disc beads Caterpillar. Let dry.
  10. Using corsage pins, attach four painted flat disc beads around Yellow stripe.
  11. 2-INCH BALL: Using a No. 4 flat shader, paint a 1/4-inch stripe around center using Black and White. Let dry.
  12. Using scrubber, paint above and below checked stripe Caterpillar. Let dry. Using liner brush, paint Plum Kiss line on each side of checked stripe.
  13. To paint circles: Using stencil brush, dip into Plum Kiss. Place on surface and turn in one spot. Lift.
  14. STAR:  Paint star Pure Silver. Let dry.
  15. Using palette knife or craft stick, apply Texture Paint to top of star points. Let dry.
  16. Paint oval discs for the eyes using White Turquoise, and Black. See picture for placement. Once eyes are dry, glue a pair to each side.
  17. Using liner brush, paint a Black mouth and eyebrows.
  18. Using handle end of liner brush, add a Plum Kiss dot to each end of mouth.
  19. GARLAND:  Paint four flat disc beads Caterpillar. Let dry.
  20. Paint gingerbread men Territorial Beige. Using liner brush, add White wiggly lines for “icing” lines on head, arms, and legs.
  21. Using stylus, add Black dots for eyes and three buttons.
  22. Using liner brush, add Black mouth.
  23. Using palette knife or craft stick, add Texture Paint to top of arms and head.
  24. Paint stars Yellow. Let dry.
  25. Using stylus, add Black dots for eyes.
  26. Using liner brush, add Black eyebrows, mouth, and small dashes (stitch lines) around star edge.
  27. Using stylus, add Plum Kiss dots at each end of mouth. 10. Using No. 4 flat shader, paint two barrel beads Plum Kiss and two barrel beads Turquoise.
  28. TOPIARY TRUNK : Paint dowel Purple. Let dry.
  29. ASSEMBLY:  Push dowel through center of 3-inch ball. 2. Push dowel through center of 2-inch ball leaving a space between the two Styrofoam balls. 
  30. Apply a dab of glue to end of dowel and push into center of square leaving a space between it and the 3-inch ball.
  31. Apply a dab of glue to end of dowel and push star onto it leaving a space between it and the 2-inch ball.
  32. Make a 10-loop bow and secure with floral wire. Attach between 3-inch ball and square.
  33. Using a small bit on a drill, drill holes on each side of stars and gingerbread men in order to string them onto the wire garland.
  34. String beads on to 9-inch piece of wire as shown. Using liner brush handle, curl wire closest to last item on garland. Push wire through end of star being cautious not to break point end of star. Curl wire on opposite side.
  35. Topcoat Texture Paint with a layer of Mod Podge Sparkle.
  36. Repeat steps 7 for second garland.
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