Dried Orange & Moss Topiaries
It’s Fall Y’all! That’s right it’s officially that time of year when the leaves start to change color and there is a slight chill in the air. Everywhere you look it’s “pumpkin palooza” and my home is no exception.
I look forward to the changing of seasons and bringing out my autumn decor to display. I personally love all of the pumpkin spices, the bright orange hues and bringing the outdoors in. This year I was inspired by the very state I live in Florida aka the Sunshine State and its abundance of citrus. Not everything has to be pumpkins. Why not incorporate oranges, apples or pomegranates into your decor? Hey for that matter, let’s throw in some pinecones too! Yes, we have pine trees in Florida, they’re right next to the coconut trees.
I recently shared on my blog how to dry your own orange slices, link here. Now I would like to share with you how I crafted these beautiful topiaries using the dried orange slices, moss and cinnamon sticks. These topiaries are fun to make and can be used any time of the year for your home decor. Try drying grapefruit, lemons or limes to make a variety of topiaries and use them in your spring decor. There is no limit to your imagination.
Hot glue gun
18-20 dried orange slices (learn how here)
4.7″ Dia styrofoam ball
2.6″ Dia x 3.7″ h floral foam
0.437″ x 12″ h wooden dowels
5-6 cinnamon sticks 6″ h, I purchased mine at Costco
Bag of moss
4.5″ Dia x 4″ h terra cotta pot
Raffia or ribbon
Take the wooden dowel and push into the styrofoam ball until it reaches the center (be careful not to push all the way through to the other side). Remove the dowel, add glue to the top and place back inside the ball to secure.
Once all of your orange slices are secured to the foam ball, place a dab of glue in between the oranges (onto the foam) and tuck your moss in between. Be sure to cover all of the visible foam with the moss, you may need to add moss to the center of some of the orange slices as well.
Now take your 2.6″ Dia floral foam, add hot glue to the bottom and place inside the terra cotta pot. Be sure to use enough glue so that it stays secure. Center the dowel on the floral foam and push all the way down to the bottom of the pot, remove and add glue to the dowel secure it inside the foam.
Measure the length of the exposed dowel and trim your cinnamon sticks to approximately the same size. It’s okay if they are uneven at the base, the moss will cover it up. Once your cinnamon sticks are the correct size, glue them onto the dowel and repeat this step until the dowel is no longer exposed.
Take the remaining moss and tuck it inside the pot and all around the sides. Add glue to the top of the floral foam and add the moss on top to cover completely.
Finish your topiary by tying the raffia or ribbon around the cinnamon sticks.
And there you have it! Beautifully scented orange topiaries that you can enjoy for years to come!
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