It was Courtney over at A Diamond in the Stuff who got me hooked on these ribbon topiaries. I made one for Independence day and now I can't stop... Here's a Thanksgiving version that has to be removed because Christmas is next! I tried putting the whole thing away but the space where it stood seems so colorless and empty without that blossom of color...
The best part of this project is that it is so simple, yet satisfying. The feel and look of different ribbon types is addictive. I can sit with my boys while they are snacking and not join in because my fingers are busy! I can bring a roll of ribbon to soccer practice in my purse and snip while I'm watching!
For this easy project you need a foam ball (mine was 5", from the floral section of the craft store), a pot (mine was from Goodwill), a half styrofoam block to stick inside the pot (stabilize dowel), decorative moss to cover the styrofoam, a wooden dowel (mine was 3/8"), straight pins, and bunches of ribbon in various sizes and textures cut up in 4" (10cm) pieces (5 or 6 rolls). The different textures really add to the project. Thicker ones stick up better and help support the satiny ones.
All you do is pin loops of ribbon into the ball, one at a time, until the ball is covered. Twist the loops so they overlap in different directions. A colorful burst of fun!