I had burlap roses fever for awhile, but after this topiary with burlap roses, I’m cured. There must be 500 roses on this thing. At least that’s what my burned and bruised fingers are telling me.
I bought this topiary thinking I could simply rehab it with fresh greenery and Spanish moss. But I liked the way the roses on the tin vase looked so much that I decided to make a few more. Silly me.
First, I pulled off all the dusty, crumbling, sneeze-inducing stuff. Then I primed and painted the urn. To ensure that the styrofoam cone wouldn’t show, I covered it with scraps of drop cloth fabric.
For each rose, I started with strips of burlap approximately 20 inches long by 3 inches wide. Fold in half lengthwise and just start rolling and twisting. Hot glue to a scrap of fabric and pin onto the foam with florist greening pins. TIP: Work quickly to push the pins through the rose before the glue hardens, but beware of the HOT glue. Then use a straight edge screw driver to push the pins into the styrofoam.
After the first couple of rows, I made the roses smaller by shortening the length of burlap by an inch or two for each successive row. I kept the width of the burlap at 3 inches.
To cover the base, I folded a piece of burlap in half lengthwise and glued in place, pleating as I went around the circle. Then added a few small roses around the trunk.
I stuffed some scraps of burlap here and there between roses to fill in any gaps.
3 yards of burlap and untold hours later, I was finished. Almost. The urn looked too white against the creamier color of the burlap, so I added my usual glaze and topped with clear spray. To cut down on burlap fuzz, I also lightly misted the clear varnish over the roses. Hmm, looks like I forgot to take pics after the glaze. Oh, well, just imagine the urn a little less white.
This topiary with burlap roses will be for sale at the December market coming up this weekend. Hours are Friday & Saturday, 10- 6 and Sunday, 11- 5, held at Woodstock Market, 5500 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth, GA. Stop in and say hi- I”d love to meet you!