The Heart Topiary Tree That Almost Wasn’t!! DIY VALENTINES DECOR

The Heart Topiary Tree That Almost Wasn’t!!  DIY VALENTINES DECOR


Coming up on this episode of Designed to
the Nines… I am just absolutely loving how my huge heart-shaped topiary turned
out in the end but I did have some challenges along the way so if you want
to see how I overcame those challenges and how you can avoid them then you’re
going to want to stay tuned! Welcome to Designed to the Nines, I’m
NataLee Callahan in it this is the first time we’re meeting welcome to my channel
in today’s episode we are going to be building a giant heart topiary and of
course we’re always keeping budget in mind and I’m really excited about this
and I picked up a couple of supplies at mostly Walmart this time I picked up
this pot for two dollars and 97 cents and it’s cute but I thought we could
dress it up just a little bit so I found this terracotta saucer which will
actually serve two fold this is kind of lightweight plastic and this is
terracotta so it’s a little bit heavier but I thought we could make a little
pedestal base by using this… somewhere around here I’ve got a dowel so I will
need to find that but I’ve got a really cool fun tool that I’ve never used
before that you are gonna use and experience with me for the very first
time so I’m excited to try that so the first thing we’re gonna do is paint our
little terracotta saucers just on the outside we don’t really need to do the
top or the bottom because it won’t be seen just the edges then we’re gonna
glue the pot to the saucer and create a base and I just like the way this looks
a lot better while we’re painting things up I’m going
to use this antique wax by Waverly to put on the dowel to kind of give it more
of like natural feel and I decided to use that instead of stain because I feel
like it will dry a little quicker than stain and that will speed up the process
for us next up I start by gluing together two
pieces of this white crafting foam that I already had on hand however I end up
not liking this product at all for this project so stick with me to the end I
have a better solution for you so if you end up recreating this look you’re
definitely gonna want to know what that is
then I took some leftover wrapping paper from a Christmas and I cut it out into
17 by 22 inches this is approximately the size of the heart that I am aiming
for and then I fold it in half with a grid exposed this will help when you’re
drawing out your heart as a template I happen to already have this Dollar Tree
felt heart on hand that I kind of used as a guide but it was really not
necessary using a sharpie I traced this template onto my foam and now you’re
gonna want to meet me outside for my new tool I decided to do this outside but
you don’t necessarily need to do that you just need to be careful because we
are going to be using a hot knife so this is plugged in it’s turned on and
this is meant for cutting styrofoam with it was not very expensive and I’m going
to be using this for a couple of projects so I decided to go ahead and do
that you can do this without this hot Knife you can use just a regular
serrated edge and cut it or utility knife but I decided to use the hot knife
because it’s gonna make the job easier and I’m gonna go ahead and use that tool
for other things now we’re gonna use this for the very first time I’ve never
used a hot knife before I hear it’s pretty awesome to work with but we’ll
see how it goes so so we’re gonna just take our hot knife be very careful you
don’t want to burn yourself I don’t know how hot it gets we’re just
gonna start by poking it ooh oh my word it melts like butter this is
awesome holy moly this works better than I thought oh I made a boo-boo but that’s
okay this doesn’t have to be like super super perfect so this is a good thing to
practice on because we’re gonna be putting some boxwood greenery over the
top of it but with some practice I do want to be precise because I have some
projects where I’m gonna need to be pretty precise it is seriously cutting
so smoothly oh it’s a little stinky so it’s good that we’re doing this outside
it just melts it away that’s crazy this tool it’s so cool! okay here comes
our heart boom so that’s our first area now we’re gonna do the outside
it melts quickly so don’t leave it in the same spot for a long period of time
and we’re gonna go ahead and just finish this out okay so this part is gonna seem
a little crazy and just just hear me out and go with it I’ve got some moss I
picked up at the Dollar Tree and it comes in thick clumps and we can glue it
on like that but I think I want a finer misting and
then we have styrofoam and it’s white and we don’t want the white poking
through with our boxwood that we’re gonna put on top of it so my thought was
that we’d break up the moss by throwing it in the food processor and then we’d
put like a coating of moss on this so we’re just bringing this our moss
processor so we’ll just kind of break this up into chunks in here and we’ll
pulse it all right so we’ve got our styrofoam
heart here and we are just gonna take some matte Mod Podge whatever a Mod
Podge you have and I’m just gonna toss it on here (laughing) I’m making a mess that’s why
we’re outside we’ll take some of our moss and just kind of press it on and we
don’t need to be perfect about getting this Moss on just because it’s just kind
of to help fill in some of the gaps and we’re gonna be putting green over the
top of it anyways yeah this just not feel like it’s gonna stick very good I’m
not feeling confident about this see this is the thing with crafting like a
lot of DIY-ers will show you the beautiful end product
but not the process of getting it to the beautiful end product so I don’t know if
I’m liking this I like the idea of the moss the reality of the moss I’m not
sure why that’s drying I am gonna tell you what we’re gonna be covering with
and maybe we can start on this side while it’s drying and see if that helps
so these bushes are 97 cents at Walmart and you actually get kind of a lot on it
so I pretty much bought everything they had and I cleared them out twice so I
bought a lot and we’ll see how many we use so I’m not gonna lie to you this
part is going to take a long time but the key here is to avoid sticking the
boxwood straight out you want to place them in on an angle also I cut the tips
off of all of them to allow it to be a little bit tighter and for me to use
less boxwood overall because you can spread it out a little bit better This is the project that never ends…I’ve
got glue all over… my fingers like this I am optimistic about the end result but I
would definitely approach this differently if I were to do it again…so stick with me for my lessons learned so now that I’m ready to work on the other side I’ve decided it’s
time to assemble our topiary so I’ve got our pot here that we put together
and then I’ve got a bag of sand now back when there was a category-5 hurricane
headed straight for our community we got a whole bunch of sandbags so I have a
ton of it on hand it’s free thankfully the hurricane missed and did not hit our
community so we didn’t really need them but now I’m gonna take advantage of it
this is plastic and it’s pretty lightweight so we want to give it a
solid base plus we want to support our dowel so I’m just gonna put some of this
sand in here now feel free to use rocks or whatever you have on hand I don’t
know if I can lift this (laughing) I’m a wimp! I am a wimp! Alright.. okay…. I got it! Alright, so we know that this is gonna be nice and
sturdy because that was heavy for me to lift and I’m gonna fill this about half
up there’s like a nice seam that’s a perfect place for me to stop get this in
there and then we’re gonna put some foam on top of this that we’ll cover up with
moss I’m just going to take the two tops of the hearts that were scrapped and
kind of measure that so we’ll cut that kind of to fit we’ll use our hot knife
again and we’ll just cut it down as we need because our knife will help us waste not want not we could have used a fresh piece of styrofoam but I just
didn’t see the purpose in it especially since we’re gonna just take the
remainder of our moss and put it in here to cover it up dollar tree Moss I’m
kind of tired of bending over and we need to do the other side anyways and so
now it’s time to attach this we’re gonna attempt to put this on we’ll see what
happens uh-oh okay I’m gonna troubleshoot this okay
so this ended up being my solution it’s not pretty I’m not happy about this but
what I did is I bought a dowel that was rather large and I knew it was gonna be
kind of cutting it close but unfortunately it’s just a little bit too
big if I were to go back I’d probably do a 5/8 dowel instead of a 7/8 dowel but I
really wanted it to be beefy kind of like an actual topiary would grow off of
an actual branch so I mean it’s not pretty I think when it’s all said and
done you won’t be able to tell but we’re gonna have to cover that up and what I’m
gonna do is just cover it up with some more of this moss but unfortunately this
is not going to poke through that so we’ll end up having to hot glue on all
of the boxwood in this area and because that’s their
really our only option at this point If I were to make another one of these I
would do many things different lucky for you you get to learn from my mistakes
yay first I wouldn’t use white foam I would use the green floral foam it’s
much sturdier stiffer and already green to begin with second you really don’t
need to blend the moss and I wouldn’t even glue it on I don’t know why I
didn’t do this in the first place having worked professionally as a floral
designer for several years I should have known better but I should have just used
floral pins to pin the moss into place finally I would attach the stiffer green
foam to the dowel before ever putting on any greenery at all while I would give my final aesthetic
result an a-minus I would probably give myself a c-minus at best for execution
so I hope you can learn a little bit from my mistakes if you enjoyed this
episode I really think you’ll love my way cool dirt cheap Valentine’s decor
ideas you can check that episode out right here and until next time bye

77 thoughts on “The Heart Topiary Tree That Almost Wasn’t!! DIY VALENTINES DECOR

  1. What are some of your best decorating hacks? What are some diy challenges you have had? Like this episode? Check out this one next! https://youtu.be/6Fr2Uo1arXI

  2. So fun to watch it live! I really love how big it is and I would totally make this to go next to my front door! I appreciate that you showed the struggle! 😊👍

  3. If I missed you saying it, I apologize. About how many bundles of the topiary stems did you need? Love this project!

  4. Question: regarding the Hot Knife, did it prevent the Styrofoam from crumbling apart causing static and ending up sticking to everything? WoW if so I’ll be trying to find one for my Craft Room!
    I appreciate You Tubers for keeping it real & helping us learn thru their own mishaps. I’d much rather watch someone such as yourself than watch a video instruction leaving out mistakes and only showing the perfect end result. For those of us Amateurs, that leaves us wondering what & where we went wrong❣️
    Lovely finished product & awesome instructions.
    {{{ HUGGZ }}} ~Su
    (might be my 1st time posting)

  5. I love your honesty because too many people show the end results and never the goofs and there are MANY goofs. Your project turned out great though. 👍👍👍

  6. I'm not into hearts or decorating for Valentine's day, but ths top doesn't have to be a heart. It can be a ball shape or any number of things. So, bottom line, it's a good project. Thanks for the idea.

  7. Turned out great! Love that you keep it real. Gives me the encouragement I need to keep diy-ing even when sh*t happens. You are an inspiration girlfriend!😊

  8. It awesome! Such a sweet project..flaws in executing a craft project is fantastic examples sometimes good sometimes we cuss🤣🤣🤣 it’s great in any case ♥️

  9. I enjoyed watching this video. Making mistakes and getting frustrated and learning is what we humans do. Thank you for sharing.

  10. NataLee you are simply adorable!
    Absolutely love that you showed the mishaps in the real world it happens to the best of us!!! 🤔
    Thanks for sharing EVERYTHING!
    I might have to give it a try, Wish me luck! 🤞

  11. The transparency was Fantastic.. love loved the DIY! I must try it..
    I’m not usually that brave. I don’t usually try DIY’s that big, but you didn’t make it look easy, you made it look like I can try to make it too.
    Thanks a million 🙏🏻

  12. Your videos are fun to watch. I like seeing the mistakes too, instead of a flawless DIY every time. This one turned out great.

  13. Wow! To purchase something similar, online…rhymes with Mayfair….was $75….and was only 10 inches high! It did have 5 little led battery operated lights nestled in…but one could add that in to the project pretty easily!

  14. The result was fabulous as always. Had fun watching your trial and error…. true crafters know this is reality lol!!!! Great job!

  15. I think you overcame a huge challenge! I think your Valentine's heart topiary turned out stunning! Great job NataLee!! Thanks so much for taking the time to make this video. xo

  16. I've been a crafter for many years and I really appreciate you showing your "mistakes". I think many young ppl see diy videos that do not show mistakes and become frustrated when their project hits a speed bump. At that point they give up and miss out on all the fun! I enjoy every one of your videos. Keep up the great work!

  17. Way to trouble shoot, in the end the topiary was beautiful! Yes to the hot knife, it was fun to see you get so excited! Only “diyers” would understand!😂 I’m so glad you got to use some of that hurricane sand. Awesome job cutie!💕

  18. Ugg mistakes!! Sometimes I have to walk away and think things over. Loved your video. I appreciate the “what I’d do next time.” Great lesson!!

  19. How funny, I love topiaires was thinking of doing a live ivy heart topiary for Valentines. But yours is gorgeous!
    P.S. love your mossessor processor…

  20. You could’ve just used your hot knife to bore a hole in the bottom of your heart for your dowel to fit into 🤷🏻‍♀️ Turned out adorable, though!

  21. Natalee, I commend you for being so vulnerable on camera 🎥…you’re a better woman than me🤣😂🤷🏾‍♀️❗️..Excellent job❗️Foremost, I don’t believe in DIYs epic failures just golden opportunities for improvement. I always take the scenic route to project completion🤫🤷🏾‍♀️. …I can recall making a gown from a vogue pattern. Hours into the project (and not much time to spare: work, sleep and the actual event I need this gown for in a few days)I couldn’t understand the next step. In a full panic, I gather up my fabric, pattern pieces, instructions and flew to JoAnn Fabric. In short, the Associate (clearly a well experienced Seamstress) liberated me from myself. “There’s multiple ways to the finish line. My only goal is to make sure the garment is secure on my body. How I connect the pieces to totally up to me”💡🤦🏾‍♀️❗️My point, in my mind all of my projects are simplistic (1,2,3 done🤪😂). Inevitably, the reality is something (or several) derails my DIYs, artistic expressions, recipes etc. Natalee, your Valentine boxwood topiary is beautiful 🥰❗️Honestly, I would have either spray painted or covered the foam in tissue paper than attached the boxwood w/ floral pin, staples or paper clips (yup, b/c I’ve changed my perspective). Finally, attaching the heart (shop your or my garage 🤣😂)to the dowel, you could added a huge bow. Natalee, thank you again for sharing your beautiful DIY topiary. Hind sight is always 20/20 😊.

  22. I am cracking up that you graded yourself and gave a C- for execution! 😂 I love it! I think more DIY projects go this way than we care to think about. Lol. It's so super cute, so I give you an A+ for an awesome Valentine topiary.❤ 👏👏👏❤ Great video, as always. Xoxoxo

  23. Your report card cracks me up! I give you an A for effort, creativity and humility! You’re the best!❤️❤️❤️

  24. I love how real you kept it by showing your mistakes. I mess up constantly so it was refreshing to see ☺️ I didn’t even know that tool existed for cutting styrofoam, how cool ! Turned out beautiful ☺️💕💕

  25. I loved the finish product!!! I thought I was the only one on Earth 🌍 that this happened to.I became tickled laughing with you.I would give you an A because you worked right through it!!

  26. This came out SO CUTE! I L♥️VE it! ♥️😍♥️ Thank u for sharing all the things you would change for the next time. That was a lot of work but well worth it! 🙌🏻

  27. I LOVE it when you share the process, not just the result. It's great, I not only learn about this project, but I can also apply what I learn to other projects. 

    I was having a dickens of a time finding elegant bread and butter plates for my Christmas china ( lovely knock-off Lamonosov pattern of delicate cobalt blue traceries and gold accents on pure white porcelain). Most of the small plates tended towards bright colors and juvenile Santa patterns. So, I borrowed your awesome bunny plates idea and Mod-Podged on some tiny iridescent snowflakes to the back, and then layered on gorgeous black and white snowy white birches scenes. Then I rimmed the plates with gold (a cake decorating stand worked a treat, and I got a nice neat rim that still looked hand-crafted). If you will pardon me bragging, the plates were very elegant. 

    Your process, not the final result, is a wonderful springboard for your viewers' creativity. Until I saw your YouTube, I didn't even know dishwasher-proof ModPodge existed! So, thanks, and keep up the good work. 

    My best decorating hack: buy 6'x9' tight painter's canvas drop cloths ($10 each). Wash and dry them in the oversized load machine at the laundromat. Hand-pleat and staple the 6' edge onto a scrap piece of wood to form 9' draperies. Mount the scrap wood on brackets, secure two drapery tie-backs near the top of the window frame just outside of the actual window molding. Use functional blinds or sheers on the window itself. I also added a 1-yard band of wide upholstery tape to cover the stapled pleats on the scrap board. Tah-dah! Lovely "Belgian linen" 9' tall drapes.

  28. I love topiaries and this one is sweet. I will try it and I am going to invest in the knife. Do not have a lot of strength in my hands anymore.

  29. Girl, you get an A+ in my book! Even through you had a few bumps in the road, the final look is PERFECT 👌 – well done! Love it! ❤️

  30. 💗The heart topiary turned out beautifully!! I have been there where it just seems like the project will never end, but seemed so easy and simple to do before you started lol🤣😂. I've never heard of putting moss in the food processor. Good idea! And that hot knife looked like a lot of fun to use. Thanks for sharing sweet friend 💕💛

  31. I actually think that you should give yourself an A+ for execution! As many people of already stated authenticity is what people want to see. I appreciate the fact that you persevered through and that the end product was beautiful.

  32. Very nice. Thank you for letting us see your creative process. You could have use a heart form. I used one to make a double heart for a wedding. 😎👍🦋

  33. I greatly enjoyed the laughs. The topiary turned out beautiful. Thanks for sharing the don't does and the laughs. Have a blessed day.

  34. Oh my word..I laughed SO hard! 😂 I just love you Natalie & your honesty. Thanks for your transparency. I truly would have done all your mishaps just because other YouTube tutorials. The chopped moss and glueing for example but DON'T really show you the mistakes they made or the in progress project.(I watched that diy moss video 🙄) To me your real and it was really truthful but funny. This made my day! Plus, I LOVE the topiary!❤️😍👍

  35. Almost every time I make something for the first time, I’m thinking about what I might do differently. Thanks for sharing your tips ❤️

  36. Love, love this! Exactly what I wanted to do forValentines! Maybe too much for me though!😩. You are outstanding! So glad I get to enjoy yours! Lol!
    I love your channel. I began watching at the very beginning! You amaze me! A plus!

  37. You did a great job with showing us everything. I really do appreciate it. That heart would make a pretty wreath to hang on a mirror also. I love how it all turned out.

  38. I think you did a fantastic job on this and it turned out absolutely beautiful 💕 I love seeing all the challenges that crafters go through…it's real life!

  39. I think I enjoyed this video more than any other Valentine video I've seen so far. Loved your reaction to using a hot knife for the first time – gotta get one of those! I'm thinking of making a smaller topiary – maybe with 2 wire wreath forms from DT – wired back to back – fill inside with floral foam so the boxwood would have some "tooth" to hang on to. Thanks for showing us that crafting isn't always perfect.

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