It took a little time, but overall I think it looks adorable:
What do you think?
-little tin buckets from Michaels (I thought they were $1, but they were actually $1.99)
-balls made from tissue paper from a purchase at TJMaxx, I purchased half spheres from the Dollar Tree (2 halves for $1) and clumped the tissue paper on top, adjoining the paper to the half sphere with packing tape
-red streamers from Dollar Tree (two spools for $1 at the Dollar Tree)
-dowel from Walmart cut in half (maybe $1.50 or $2)
-foam (from Dollar tree, it was two round pieces, I trimmed them down with a pocketknife, and covered with candy)
-candy (might end up costing the most because I keep catching my son helping himself to a "treat!")
Here is how to make one yourself:
I made the topiary "balls" using the technique described on the blog I'm Sharing the Wealth. I will say they are slightly time consuming, but perfect to complete while watching TV. I had the half sphere balls from the Dollar Tree already, but it looks like using all paper would work well too!
I painted the dowels with acrylic craft paint (off white) and trimmed my dowels with a pocketknife-long story-but the pocketknife might be the #1 tool for this project! I think each dowel is about 12" long.
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I speared the balls with sharp scissors, being sure to hit the side of the ball with the foam (not the tissue paper!)
I tied bows under the ball on the dowels.