Here are the items that I used to make this Valentines topiary.
2. small gravel
3. potting soil
4. grapevine heart wreath
5. ivy plant
6. floral wire
I was originally thinking that I would dry brush white paint onto a terra cotta pot,
but when I looked through my pots I found this red one.
Red just happens to be the main accent color in the cabin
and it works perfectly for Valentines Day!
I started off by putting a layer of small gravel in the bottom of my pot,
because the pot does not have a drainage hole.
This should help the soil and roots of the plant to not get too wet.
Then I grabbed a stick from the yard and attached it to the base
of my grapevine wreath with floral wire.
Most craft stores carry heart shaped grapevine wreaths.
I had picked this one up at a thrift store a couple years ago.
Next I added a layer of potting soil over the gravel in my pot
before transplanting the ivy plant into it.
I purchased the ivy plant at my local grocery store.
Then I pushed the stick, with the heart shaped wreath attached to it,
into the middle of the ivy plant, through the soil all the way into the gravel.
Then I took a few of the longer ivy vines and
began to wrap them around the grapevine wreath.
I wrapped a couple vines around each side of the heart
until I liked the way it looked.
It was quick and easy and the only purchase I made was the plant.
I had everything else on hand already.
Once I placed it inside on my table, I trimmed some of the longer vines.
Those trimmings are in little bottles of water.
They will grow roots quickly and then I can plant the rooted trimmings
into a pot with soil and have another ivy plant!
I love the pop of green and red on the table
and it makes a nice Valentines decoration for the cabin.
I also think this topiary would look very pretty in a silver champagne ice bucket.
It would give it a more sophisticated, chic look.
What do you think?
Do you decorate for Valentines Day ?
'til next time,