How to make an autumn topiary with your own hands
Crafts on the autumn theme look original and interesting at any time of the year. The availability of material and the simplicity of making miniature trees, funny animals, volumetric compositions allow you to create stunning decor for decorating the interior. Autumn topiary is one of the many creative options from the gifts of nature. Anyone can make a bright tree in a pot with their own hands, even a child. To do this, you need to properly prepare the material and accurately follow the step-by-step instructions of the master class.
Collection and preparation of autumn material for topiary
You can start collecting material for seasonal crafts from mid-summer. During this period, most fruit trees produce crops, fruits appear on chestnuts, oaks and firs. You can get a sufficient number of seeds, seeds, shells just by wandering around the forest plantation, park or in your own garden.
To create a topiary, only whole materials that are not affected by pests and rot are suitable. So that the assembled components are destroyed as slowly as possible, they must be prepared before use. Each type of natural element has its own rules:
- Chestnuts. After collection must lie for at least 3 weeks in a cool place. Drying is necessary so that they do not bristle and lie flat on the base. During this time, their upper layer will be strengthened, the shape will become flattened.
- Fruit bones. Rinse the material well and remove any remaining pulp. If necessary, the seeds of cherry or plum are boiled for 5 minutes. Then they must be fried in a pan, in the oven or left for the whole day in the sun.
- Acorns. Single-seeded oak fruits should be washed and cleaned with dirt, leaves, larvae with a brush. Then they are thrown back on a towel, allowed to soak in water and roasted in an oven over low heat for 1 hour.
- Walnuts. For the topiary, halves of the shell are suitable. To split the nut into even parts, you need to stick a knife between the halves and gently hit it with a hammer. We remove the core, clean the inside of the shell from the veins, leave it to dry for several hours.
- Bumps. So that the unopened coniferous fruits after drying do not change their appearance and begin to open, they must be treated with wood glue. The material is lowered into the mixture several times, the glue is allowed to drain and laid out on an oilcloth to dry.
Master class with phased creation of autumn topiary
Decorative topiaries have become favorite crafts for creative people. Simple workshops are held at various events, city holidays. Parents make miniature trees with children for the fall holiday in schools and kindergartens. To independently make a craft from natural materials, it is enough to study the proposed master class and perform all the steps step by step.
Preparation and foundation selection
A variety of containers are suitable as a topiary stand. It can be a bucket, a beautiful mug, a flowerpot, a cut-off plastic bottle, an old casket and other interesting ideas. But the best option is a flower pot. It is better if it will be combined in color and texture with the future trunk and crown. So that the tree does not lean to the sides and does not fall, the base must be weighted with filler.
You can decorate the pot in the autumn in several ways. The easiest option is decorating with fabric. Matter should completely envelop the container. The edges protruding from above must be glued to the inner rim. The base can also be painted in the color of the crown or decorated with gold ribbons from organza, artificial bunches of mountain ash, different leaves. The combined design will look original.
Barrel - grinding and painting
The axis holding the entire construction of the craft plays an important role in creating the topiary. A natural and natural mini-tree will look if the trunk is made from a real branch. In the landing behind the house or in the park you can find a rare and beautiful specimen that exactly repeats the outlines of a mighty oak or maple. It should be a thick branch with slight bends.
Natural material for the future trunk must be carefully prepared. We remove the bark from the branch and clean it with sandpaper until a perfectly smooth surface is obtained. To make autumn topiary more natural, some stiff sections, knots can be left. Then they will have to be treated with epoxy. Then the workpiece is painted with a brush or from a spray gun in the color chosen on the topic. A golden, bronze, dark brown barrel will look great.
For the manufacture of the barrel, you can also buy ready-made sprigs of corius. Unusual natural material is part of a hazel bush and has a bizarre shape with varying degrees of curvature.
The spherical base for the crown can be bought in the store or made with your own hands. The purchase option will be made of foam. Thanks to a huge range of sizes and degrees of density, this is the easiest way to find the perfect shape. To prevent the ball from melting upon contact with glue, it is wrapped with twine.
Many creative people want to make truly original, original crafts. Therefore, as a basis, they prefer to use home-made products. You can form a crown for an autumn topiary of any size from the following materials:
- Paper. We coat the sheet with PVA glue, crush it into a tight ball. Then gradually add paper strips until you get a ball of the right size. Glue the protruding edges and wrap the workpiece with a dense thread.
- Papier mache. Newspapers and glue will make a big dense ball for fixing any decor. Tear the paper into pieces and gradually glue it onto any round element.
- Scotch. We make an even ball of paper and wrap it with tape to the desired size. The option is suitable for fixing volumetric decor, for example, flowers from napkins, maple leaves, plastic apples, pears, because it will not work to make a perfectly flat workpiece.
- Threads. A fragile, delicate base is only suitable for gluing almost weightless material. We inflate the inflated ball with yarn moistened with glue, and let it dry. Then we bleed air and we get the former form.
- Wool. To make the ball, you need special felting wool, tools and material skills. You need to start preparing the craft by studying the detailed instructions for felting from wool.
- Polyurethane foam. We cover the lampshade from the lamp with cream or oil, fill it with mounting foam, evenly distribute. After drying, remove the form, trim the edges.
Installing the barrel in the base - with which solution to fill
The filler for the stand can be any. Simple pebbles of gravel, sand, crumpled paper, foil will do. The most reliable and durable of all options is gypsum casting. More time will be spent on the preparation of the solution and its drying, but this will make the craft stable and durable.
You can mix the mixture directly in the pot. It should be thick enough to hold the spherical craft well. Put the prepared and painted barrel in the liquid mass, leave the pot to dry until the moisture evaporates completely (3-12 hours). Then we decorate the base with sisal balls.
Crown / ball decoration and barrel fixation
To give decorativeness to the craft, the bare base must first be wrapped with sisal. Natural coarse fiber is best taken as close as possible to the autumn theme. Suitable brown, orange, yellow. Spread some sections of twine with glue and apply material to the workpiece.
The first layer of decor is made from chestnuts and nutshells. Materials can be pre-painted or left in kind. We glue the parts to the sisal on the entire surface, alternating randomly among themselves, not forgetting to leave a small area for the trunk.
Until the craft is overgrown with decor from crumpled and fragile materials, the crown must be planted on the prepared trunk. We make a hole in the base up to half the ball, coat the branch with glue and send the topiary crown inside. Until the glue has dried, the base must be given the desired position.
At the next stage, we proceed to decorate the tree with the main elements of the composition. First we fix the sisal balls. So that they become stiff and do not fall apart, when rolling, you need to moisten your hands with glue. Then evenly to the chestnut meadow we fix maple, grape leaves, acorns. We mask all ugly cracks with sisal balls painted with bones.
Autumn leaf topiary
Materials for simple crafts can be found in any park in the city. With the onset of autumn, bright leaves, clusters of mountain ash, beautiful branches are always available in any quantity. You only need to buy a flower pot, a foam ball, several strips of foam as a filler in the container.
First of all, you need to make a solid frame of crafts. To do this, fill the pot with foam, ram it well and insert the branch. At the other end we put on a ball of foam. The resulting cracks can be filled with a glue gun or left as is. The weight of the topiary from the leaves will be small, so you should not be afraid of the fall of the structure.
Decoration of the workpiece is very simple. We make a hole at the base of the crown with a small clove, drip glue into it and insert the leaves in any order. Add branches of mountain ash. You can decorate the pot itself. It can be a satin bow, threads, fabric, colored paper.
Topiary of fresh autumn flowers
Do-it-yourself autumn flower crafts made of natural flowers will be a great gift for any celebration. A product made from natural materials can be gifted to the teacher, friends or relatives. The original bouquet simply cannot fail to turn out worthy and beautiful. Its creation takes a minimum of time and financial costs. With the correct formation of the crown and base, living chrysanthemums will retain moisture and freshness for a long time.
Materials and tools
To make the craft, you will need a small flower pot, floristic sponges, stabilized moss, fresh chrysanthemum flowers, plant stems, tree branches. The following tools will be required to fix the materials:
- Gerbera wire;
- Paper clips and staples;
- Stretch film;
- Anchor tape for bouquets;
- Elastic tape for creativity;
- Scissors, hot glue, threads.
Creating a Topiary
First of all, we need to prepare all the initial elements. We make the trunk from a gerbera wire, add branches and stems, wrap everything with a special waterproof tape. If the crown is small, you can do with one thin stick. If desired, decorate it with a green ribbon.
The base can be quickly made from a floral sponge. At the bottom of the pot we lay a piece of polyethylene and lay the material in the form of a hemisphere with the slide up. We insert the barrel into it and fix the place of interaction with a special tape.
We will also make a spherical base for the crown from a floral sponge. We send piaflor to a container of water, wait until it is completely saturated. We carefully form the circle and insert the barrel into it. To keep humidity as long as possible, we tightly wrap the resulting base with stretch film.
It is better not to harvest chrysanthemums for crafts in advance. When the whole retaining structure is ready, we cut off the caps at an angle of 45 degrees and place them in the crown base. To facilitate the transfer of live stems, you can make small holes in the sponge with a toothpick. It is better to distribute flowers according to their size, so you can avoid the formation of voids. At the final stage, we line the surface of the pot with stabilized moss and decorate the pot to your taste.
When immersing the flowers in the crown base, between the chrysanthemum hat and the ball of the sponge should remain at least 3 cm. Otherwise, the living topiary will quickly lose its freshness.
Beautiful examples and ideas for creating a topiary on the theme of autumn
The inspiration of many needlewomen comes precisely during the creation of the next masterpiece. There are many original ideas for making autumn topiary. Everyone chooses a suitable craft design, focusing on the availability of material, season, complexity of composition, the need for processing elements.
A chestnut tree with some fruits looks boring. But if you add to it leaflets of burlap, bows of twine, walnut shells, you get a beautiful and colorful topiary. A great idea is to make a tree out of cones. Some of the material can be bleached, painted with gold paint, add sprigs of needles.
To make crafts from several components, you will need to stock up not only with cones and chestnuts, but also with acorns, nuts, autumn flowers from corrugated paper, thin leaves from napkins.
An extraordinary solution is a topiary made of one type of material. The berry tree looks beautiful, but it takes a long processing of the fruits before starting work. A complex craft on the theme of autumn - a tree of maple leaves. You can simply insert them into the base in any form or roll up stunning roses. The material for this craft also requires special processing.
Remind of the autumn tree of dried flowers. To create a topiary, dried spikelets, beautiful leaves, flowers and whole inflorescences, poppy boxes and other materials are suitable. If desired, the composition can be revived by simple coloring.
Decorative topiary can have a variety of shapes. For its manufacture, a round base is often used, but there are cone-shaped, bouquet-shaped, square options. Its main element is the crown. It can be decorated with any available materials. Autumn theme is diverse and free to choose the main and auxiliary elements of decor. It is not necessary to wait for the season, the raw materials needed for crafts can be found at any time of the year.