Monday, February 4, 2013

H2H Challenge: Home Decor

Hello! Today I'm happy to share my project from the H2H Challenge Blog which is Home Decor this week. I've been looking forward to making a topiary with our new Textiles, and this challenge was the perfect fit for it. Here is how it turned out:

 Isn't that fun?! Plus it's pretty easy to make. I used a 3" round smooth foam ball, a wooden skewer, and a small ceramic pot from Michael's. But the star of the show has to be the awesome Chantilly Textiles, I love them! They are very light and easy to cut and use for all your paper crafts and projects.
I cut out yellow squares approximately 1" and pink squares about 1 1/2" out of the textiles. You'll need a lot of these, but I just cut more as I went on until the ball was completely covered. I used my Inscriblio tool to push the square into the foam since it has a small ball at the tip and didn't push all the way through the fabric.
You could also use an embossing stylus, but I couldn't find mine (lol)! Simply place a square onto the foam ball, and push it into the foam with your stylus!

Continue doing this and space out the larger pink squares into flower clusters and then fill in the space around them with the smaller yellow squares.
Add the wooden skewer to serve as the stem, and wrap a strip of the green fabric around it by using strong double sided tape at the top and the bottom. Tie a strip of the green fabric into a bow on the stem to make the "leaves".
Add foam to the bottom of the pot, and stick the stem into this for stability. Add some candy hearts to make it festive! The final touches include this fun little butterfly at the top.
Now we'll get to use our Cricut by cutting out the butterfly from page 58 of the Artiste booklet. I used the light pink paper from the beautiful new Chantilly Paper Packet and cut it out at 1 1/2".  I got some of my pink craft wire, and cut a piece and twisted it together from the middle but left the ends separated to make the antennae.
On the back side, I used a strong double sided tape to attach the wire which will also be used to attach it to the foam ball.
I embellished the front of the butterfly with some Bitty Pearls. Cute, huh?
The last step is to cut Valentine from page 72 of the Artiste booklet at 1 1/4" and adhere it to the front of the pot. For this, I used the dark pink paper from the same Chantilly Paper Packet.
Once Valentine's Day is over, I can easily remove the candy and Valentine sentiment and replace it with some mini eggs and attach "Spring" or "Happy Easter" to the front! So versatile, and easy, what do you think?
I hope you enjoyed my project and that you're inspired to play along with the H2H Home Decor Challenge! You can shop HERE if you want some of these awesome new textiles to play with.

Happy Crafting!


  1. This is fabulous Rachel! Can't wait to see more!
    Jayne x

  2. Your topiary is gorgeous! We're so glad that you're our Guest Designer @ H2H this month!

  3. Rachel this is absolutely stunning and so very creative! Excellent. I so enjoy looking forward to all the wonderful creations and ideas on this blog. The guest designer spot is well deserved. Great going.


  4. Wow! great use of the new fabrics. Thanks for the tutorial. So glad you're designing with us at H2H.

  5. Shut the front door......this is GORGEOUS; FANTASTIC; SPECTACULAR; OVER THE TOP; AWESOME...... I think you can understand what I think of this project.
    Thanks for posting with instructions!


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