When I saw the May Craft It Forward Flower Topiary ideas on the Scrabooks etc website, I knew I had discovered the perfect idea for this year's gifts for my nieces' recital. I started with a plain styrofoam ball and ended up with this.
I used up all my double-sided patterned paper scraps for the flowers (which I cut on my Cricut) and made quite a dent in my stash of brads and glue dots. I am very pleased with the way they turned out. I had these cute Borden's cups that I picked up at the Texas State Fair last year (knowing they could be used for goodie gifts at some point). I filled them half full with shredded paper, then added candies and cute erasers to fill them up. I wrapped the cups in plastic wrap and tied each with ribbons in my nieces' favorite colors.
I have to admit, they took quite a while to put together, but I think part of the reason is that I was using scraps of paper so I had to continually set my Cricut for the paper size and guestimate how many flowers I could get in each size.
I think the girls really liked them. In fact, Natashia said she thought she would make these topiaries next year at recital time for her dance instructors! All three girls performed beautifully at the recital a couple of weeks ago!