Make Miniature Heart-shaped Moss or Ivy Topiaries

  • 01 of 09

    Make Miniature Favor and Dolls House Heart Topiaries From Paper, Moss and Wire

    A moss covered miniature heart is trimmed and decorated to make a miniature topiary.
    The moss covered miniature heart topiary is trimmed and decorated with small roses and a bow. Photo Copyright 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    Miniature topiaries like this moss covered heart, can be easily made from wire shapes and painted paper (for ivy topiaries) or from hearts covered with reindeer moss, railroad scatter or grass, or colored flocking. The topiaries shown in these instructions take very little time or materials to make, and can be set into the printable miniature Versailles boxes, to make simple plants for a dolls house or model scene, a model horse jump decoration, or as shower or wedding favors.

    Instead of hearts, the same method can be used to make a range of specialized topiary shapes. Experiment and see which shapes you like to work with best.

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  • 02 of 09

    Materials to Make a Miniature Ivy Covered Topiary

    Star punch, heart shaped wire, and painted green paper used to make miniature ivy topiaries.
    Star punch, green painted paper and heart shaped wire used to make a miniature heart shaped ivy topiary for a dolls house or as a wedding or shower favor. Photo Copyright 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    To make a miniature ivy covered topiary you will need:

    • Star Shaped Paper Punch or Punched Ivy Leaves - you can buy pre punched ivy leaves from miniature floral suppliers like Hanky Panky Crafts or the Miniature Garden Center. If you don't have access to ivy leaves, you can substitute 1/4 inch or smaller stars punched with a paper punch.
    • Green Painted Paper - paint a sheet of lightweight paper dark green on one side and a lighter sap green on the other side. Punched stars from this will resemble ivy once applied to the wire frame.
    • Green Paper Covered Wire - 24 gauge or heavier.
    • Cylinder to Shape Wire - the lid of a paint bottle, or a sewing weight like the one shown will make a heart suitable for 1:12 to 1:6 or 1:9 scale topiaries.
    • PVA (white) glue
    • Ribbon and Small Flowers to Decorate the Topiary - if you wish
    • Small Plant Pot or Planter to hold the topiary. I used the printable miniature Versailles Planter for the topiaries shown.
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  • 03 of 09

    How to Shape the Wire Frame for a Miniature Heart Topiary

    Paper covered wire is wrapped around a cylingder to shape the rounded lobes of a heart topiary frame
    A length of paper covered wire is shaped around a cylinder to make the lobes for a miniature heart shaped topiary support. Photo Copyright 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    Begin your miniature heart topiary by shaping your wire into a heart shaped frame on a stem. Leave a straight end, roughly 2 inches long, and bend the upper part of this length around a cylindrical shape as shown in the photo. Pinch the wire after the curve you have made, then shape the second lobe. Remove the wire from the form, and adjust the lobes on the heart so that they are roughly a match for each other. Bring the free end of the wire in to the main stem and bend the stem where it touches the free end to make the point on the end of the heart. Paint the base wire beneath the heart brown to make a stem for your topiary.

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  • 04 of 09

    Finishing the Miniature Ivy Heart Topiary

    Miniature heart shaped ivy topiary in dolls house scale or for a wedding favor.
    A miniature heart shaped ivy topiary made from paper. These little topiaries are easy to make for wedding or shower favors or table decorations as well as for dolls house decorations in several scales. Photo Copyright 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    To finish the miniature ivy heart topiary, have a set of tweezers handy and coat a one inch section at the lower point of the heart with glue. Use the tweezers to lay some stars around the wire, into the glue coating the wire. Set the stars so they point out at different angles from the wire, and cover the entire wire so you cannot see it. Continue to add stars, moving up the wire to the center lobe of the heart.

    Start at the base of the other lobe and set stars up the wire on the other side of the heart until you have completely covered the wire. As the stars overlap, and you never see an entire star, they will look almost like ivy leaves. When you have finished covering the wire, leave it aside to dry. Finish the topiary by painting any exposed paper edges you can see on the heart. Tie a small ribbon bow beneath the heart, or tie a bow separately using the bow tying frame, and glue it to the wire stem below the point of the heart.

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  • 05 of 09

    Materials Needed to Make a Miniature Moss Covered Topiary Heart

    Scouring pad or furnace filter material cut to the size of a miniature heart topiary frame.
    A piece of a scouring pad or furnace filter is cut slightly larger than the heart shaped wire frame for a miniature topiary. Photo Copyright 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    To Make a Miniature Moss Covered Topiary Heart You Will Need:

    • Reindeer Moss or green railway scatter or grass, or green flocking.
    • Green Paper Covered Wire - #24 gauge or heavier.
    • PVA (white) glue
    • Green Fiber Scouring Pad or piece of furnace filter material.
    • Sharp Scissors
    • Polymer Clay Blade not essential but useful to cut open the scouring pad.
    • Ribbon and Small Flowers to Decorate the Topiary - if you wish
    • Small Plant Pot or Planter to hold the topiary. I used the printable miniature Versailles Planter for the topiaries shown.

    Begin by forming the wire heart shape as was shown in Step 3 for the miniature ivy topiary. When you have a heart frame formed, cut a piece of green fiber scrubbing pad (see photo) or furnace filter material just slightly larger than the wire heart frame. (See Photo)

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  • 06 of 09

    Cut a Pocket in the Scrubbing Material To Insert the Wire Heart Frame

    Scouring pad furnace material slit in the center to make a pocket for a wire topiary frame.
    The base for a miniature heart topiary, made from a section of furnace filter or scouring pad material, is split in the center with a polymer clay blade to form a pocket for the wire topiary frame. Photo Copyright 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    To make the base for the moss covered heart topiary you need to cut a pocket into the center of your fiber scrubbing pad or furnace filter material so that you can insert the wire frame for the topiary. You can do this with one blade from a pair of scissors, or with a thin polymer clay blade, working it into the center of the scrubbing pad from the base to form a small pocket. Take care not to cut yourself when making the pocket in the material. If you can't make a pocket, glue two sections of scrubbing pad over either side of the wire heart and allow the glue to dry.

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  • 07 of 09

    Shape the Base for the Miniature Moss Heart Topiary

    A wire frame inserted into a pocket in a piece of scouring material makes a miniature topiary base.
    A wire frame is inserted into a pocket in the center of a piece of green scouring pad material and then the pad is trimmed to the shape of a heart around the wire frame. Photo Copyright 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    With the wire heart frame inserted into the center pocket in the green scrubbing material, hold the assembly up to the light so you can see the outlines of the wire frame and use your scissors to trim the green material to the shape of the heart, just outside the wire of the frame. You should end up with a heart shape as shown in the photo.

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  • 08 of 09

    Cover the Miniature Moss Heart Topiary With Moss

    Clumps of reindeer moss are stretched out and glued over a heart shape to make a miniature topiary.
    Clumps of reindeer moss are stretched out and glued to a base to make a moss covered miniature heart topiary for a dolls house or as a wedding or shower favor. Photo Copyright 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    To cover the miniature topiary frame and base with moss, gently spread apart some clumps of reindeer moss. Apply a layer of glue to the heart frame, spreading the glue over the top edges and sides of the heart as well as the front. Begin at the top and apply the moss over the top edge and front face of the heart so that the finest strands of the moss are at the top of the heart as shown. Continue to cover the front and sides of the heart, using large pieces of moss. Don't worry if your heart shape is lost when you cover it with moss.

    Flip the heart over and coat the back side of the heart with moss. Check to see that the heart base is entirely covered with moss and set the heart aside to dry.

    If you are using railway scatter or flocking to coat your heart shape, cover the basic shape with a thin coating of pva glue and sprinkle flocking or railway scatter over it, until it is evenly coated. Allow the glue to dry, then shake the heart and add more scatter to areas where the heart is not completley coated.

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  • 09 of 09

    Finish the Miniature Moss Heart Topiary

    A moss covered miniature heart is trimmed and decorated to make a miniature topiary.
    The moss covered miniature heart topiary is trimmed and decorated with small roses and a bow. Photo Copyright 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    When the glue has dried on the miniature moss topiary, use your sharp scissors to gently trim the moss to form a three dimensional heart. Try to avoid clipping off too much of the fine moss on the top and sides.

    When the heart shape is correct, decorate your heart with tiny rose or other flowers. The ones shown are in roughly 1:6 scale, often sold by miniature haberdashers as 'mulberry' paper roses. You can also easily make your own paper roses to decorate your topiaries. The stems of the roses can be trimmed so that they can be inserted into the firm green base of the moss topiary. You can also tie tiny bows and glue them to the moss layer.

    Paint the stem of the topiary and trim it to the correct length to fit in your chosen planter. Tie a ribbon to the base of the heart topiary if you wish.

    These little heart topiaries make great table decorations for parties and can be decorated to co-ordinate with party or bridal trims. They are easy to make in a range of sizes by varying the size of the wire frame.