Thursday, November 8, 2012

8 Holiday Decor: Cranberry Topiaries

Update: Turns out the cranberries don't last all that long, so click here to read about my re-do with some wooden cranberry garland!

How about some edible Christmas decor, y'all?!
Ok, not really. Kind of. But not really. I mean, I don't even know what you do with real cranberries besides turn then into craisins. All I know is I let Abigail eat one and she was not at all impressed. (Read: she immediately spit it out into my hand.) But I digress.
I saw some cranberry topiaries while browsing pinterest a couple weeks back and knew that I really wanted to make some of my own for Christmas. They were so pretty! Ever since finding that pin, I have been scouring the interwebz and local craft stores for fake cranberries. No luck. How can no one make bulk fake cranberries?! So weird. It seems like a pretty prominent holiday staple that someone somewhere would make some cheap, life size fake cranberries. (If you are reading this and know of a secret stash somewhere, please tell me!) But until I find me some fake berries, I settled for the real thing. It took me about $25 worth of cranberries for this project, so I really wish I could have found some that would last me more than just this season! The foam balls weren't cheap either; the big one was $15! I used a 50% off coupon for each of the balls though, so it didn't totally break the bank.
Here's how I made these little beauties:
I started out with my supplies, namely cranberries, toothpicks and a styrofoam ball. Pretty simple stuff here.
I stuck the toothpicks in until about a centimeter was still sticking out of the ball, then stuck the cranberry on top.
Lather. Rinse.Repeat. For like, the rest of your night. It's a pretty tedious task, but the results are worth it!
I covered almost the entire ball, leaving an empty area to hot glue to my candle holder.
Once it was glued onto the candlestick, I filled in the remaining empty visible spots. {Is anyone else singing Zombies in their head yet? I have been the entire time I've been working on this post...} And then I had my very own edible cranberry topiaries!
Hindsight is 20/20 and the next time I do this project I will spray paint the balls red before I get started so the gaps between the berries will be more subtle. But other than that, I love the way they turned out! If I can get my hands on some silver rub 'n buff, I think I am going to slap some of that on the candlesticks. I'm not sure I am 100% digging the white.
Anyone else getting super excited for Christmas? Already working on your Christmas decor? Already playing your Celine Dion Christmas album in your car? Oh, that last one's just me? You're missing out...
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  1. I think the contrast between the red on the cranberries and the white of the candlesticks is really nice! If it were me, I would be happy to just leave them how they are :) Do you know how long the cranberries will last like that before they start to turn on you?

    I would love it if you would link up at Martha Mondays, open now through Wednesday night!


    1. Thanks! I do like the white, I just have a lot of white going on in my foyer (white console) So I thought silver might look nice, but we did decide to keep the white!

      The cranberries only lasted about 10 days :-( You can check out my update in the link at the top of this post if you're interested! I redid them with faux wooden cranberry garlands and loved how they turned out.

      I am linking up right now :-)

  2. These are so pretty! I love the look of the cranberries and I have to give you major props for patience. That looks like a pretty tedious project. But, worth it in the end!

    Thanks for linking up to Dare to DIY! If you could link back, that'd be great!

    1. All linked back now :-) Thanks for stopping by to check out my stuff! This was definitely a very tedious project, but I would totally do them again for a huge holiday dinner party or something! I loved how they turned out!

  3. They look so beautiful! I've wondered the same thing when looking for fake cranberries . . . an untapped market for sure. Someone somewhere will be rich if they can mass produce some fake ones! But your topiaries are so lovely--they are so striking and so pretty!

  4. Thank you all! Glad you all stopped by :-)



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