This is one of our favorite Christmas crafts – a Shiny Brite Topiary! We made ours in a Christmas teacup, but you could “plant” it in a holiday tin, a painted terra cotta pot, or just set it out with no pot at all.
How To Make A Christmas Teacup Topiary
Tools & Materials
Styrofoam cone, 3-7/8″ x 11-7/8″
Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Craft Paint, Thicket (Green) #2918
Metallic ball ornaments (ranging from ½” to 1¼” diameter) (We used 30 small, 45 medium, and 24 large ball Shiny Brites.)
Hot glue gun & glue sticks
Christmas Teacup & saucer
1. To cut the Styrofoam cone to fit in the teacup, shave 1½” off the bottom using the serrated edge knife. If you aren’t using a pot, you can skip this step. Shave off enough to fit the bottom of the cone snugly into the teacup. Hot glue the bottom of the Styrofoam cone inside the teacup.
2. Paint the cone with the green “Thicket” paint using the foam paint brush.
3. Wrap the painted cone with the evergreen garland. Hot glue the garland into place as you go. You might need a lower temp hot glue so the Styrofoam doesn’t melt.
4. Hot glue the Shiny Brite ornaments to the garland wrapped cone. We recommend starting with the largest balls at the bottom. Then switch to the medium ornaments. Then add the smallest one. Finally hot-glue the 2” ball ornament to the top of the cone.
5. Look for any gaps or spaces between the balls and fill them in with small pieces of garland.
Do you craft for Christmas? What have you made? We’d love to hear about your craft ideas. Leave us a comment!
Jennifer & Kitty