This week’s chosen guest blogger is Lucy Designs.  She shared with me these awesome gift box topiaries and I knew I had to show you how to make them…





I’ve been working on some Christmas projects where and just finished up these gift box "topiaries". They can be the gift, or you can put gifts in each box, or just use as decoration year after year.

Each box is attached to the lid below it so they come apart for you to fill with your gifts, candy, whatever!

Here’s a rundown of the process…

I ordered some bulk paper mache’ boxes…

and some large craft birds.

Here are the boxes after they’ve been primed and painted with their base coats.  I used spray paint for this and also spray painted the insides for a finished look

For the bases, I gathered some wooden pieces and parts and played around with them until I had bases for all of the gift box topiaries.

Here are most of the bases all primed with spray primer and ready for paint

Here are some of the lids as I was painting. This set of lids goes to the boxes that are Mod Podged with the vintage sheet music. After these were painted I glazed them to give them an antiqued look to match the sheet music. I just brushed on some slightly watered down brown paint then wiped off.

To embellish the tops of the boxes I added feathers. I bought this duster a while back when using feathers for another project because they were the perfect color. I just rip the feathers out as I need them.

I also gussied up all the artificial birds with glitter glue that I brushed on or dotted on to give them a little extra somethin’ somethin’.

I also added other elements to the tops of all the boxes using sprigs of different craft picks, beads and/or artificial leaves along with the birds.

Of course we’ve all been seeing the sheet music being used everywhere so I had to do a sheet music one. And check this out…

I did NOT even notice this was the song until the Mod Podge was on and I was about to apply it to the box! How cool is that?….meant to be!

I ended up making six of the large size topiaries, the boxes are 8", 10" and 12". The small boxes are 4", 6" and 8" and I made four of them, all in various designs

Another one with sheet music but this time just on the lids. This one has some of my freehanded diamonds.

The base is a wooden bowl and a wooden round piece glued and screwed together

Some more bright, fun ones with "painted" ribbons as if the boxes were wrapped. The small one on the left has a wood candlestick as the base. The large square on the right has another wooden bowl and a wooden plate piece I had for its base.

So there you have it…Topiary gift boxes!

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  1. Love these and hope to make them for NEXT YEAR!!!! Already outta time this year. Where did you order from? I'd love to place a bulk order and get this project on my list for February! Thanks!!!!

  2. My jaw hit the floor when I saw these! I love love love them! I've been looking for projects to decorate my holiday mantle and these are a must make!

  3. What a great centerpiece for the table. Or of course on a mantel, I wish I had a mantel.

  4. She is so so fabulous- I found her on facebook and was so happy when she decided to start her blog!! Super talented!!!

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