For my Chai in Chennai themed brunch, I made an elephant topiary that was the main centerpiece for the event. The best features about this particular topiary is that it is long-lasting and durable.
Below are the detailed steps on how to make the elephant topiary centerpiece.
- Purchase a topiary form such as this one. It comes in a variety of sizes. I used the medium sized one since I wanted a larger centerpiece decoration.
- Cover the topiary in tape or mod-podged paper. I used a wide width masking tape. It is my go-to tool for a lot of my projects. I liked the fact that the masking tape covers easily has a matte finish that easily adheres onto hot glue.
- Cover the entire surface of the topiary, as mentioned in Step 2 above.
- Use hot glue to adhere preserved moss onto the topiary. I used a preserved reindeer moss in a spring green color, purchased here. I have to warn you that this will be your most time-consuming step.
I made a decorative box to place on top of the elephant’s back. Below are the instructions.
- Find an appropriate sized box and a pretty fabric. In this instance, I used an empty candleholder box and Indian brocade fabric.
- Use double-stick tape or glue dots to adhere the fabric snugly onto the box
- When covering the box, make sure the fabric at the corners is neatly folded.
- Select a pretty ribbon to add around the center of the box.
- Adhere the ribbon with double-stick tape or glue dots.
- Adhere a silk flower to the top of the box.
My favorite part of this project was adding the finishing touches to the elephant! Below are the steps for accessorizing the topiary:
- Select a pretty fabric and ribbon that will be draped onto the body of the elephant. Adhere the ribbon onto the fabric using a fabric glue or glue dots.
- Add a coordinating ribbon to the feet of the elephant
- Give the elephant an elaborately decorated tail using a tassel or flowers. In this instance, I joined two stems of artificial orchids to create the tail.
- Embellish the front of the elephant. I used a tiered necklace from my jewelry box. This particular one was originally purchased from Anthropologie.
There you have it! After a few hours and perhaps burned fingertips from the hot glue gun, you have an elaborately decorated elephant topiary. Although, my hubby prefers to call it a Chia Pet! Nonetheless, it was a nice way to add a pop of color to the party.