August 2013 Up-Cycle

Teacup Topiary

When a simple “thank you” won’t suffice, show your appreciation with a gift instead. These moss topiaries will be treasured reminders of your gratitude. Tied up with beautiful ribbons and bows, these topiaries are a “thank you” that won’t be forgotten.
teacup topiary


  • Teacup & saucer
  • Spanish moss or sheet moss
  • Florist foam
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Kitchen knife/scissors
  • Glue gun & glue sticks
  • Wire-edged ribbon
  • Stick or cinnamon stick


  1. Cut small piece of florist’s foam with a kitchen knife to snugly fit in cup.
  2. Force stick into florist’s foam to make a hole. Add hot glue to bottom of stick then insert stick into center of florist’s foam.
  3. Using a glue gun glue moss over florist’s foam, concealing foam completely. Trim excess moss with scissors as desired.
  4. Use hot glue to cover foam ball with moss. Trim as desired with scissors. Leave a small space to insert stick.
  5. Add hot glue to top of stick and insert stick into Styrofoam ball.
  6. Wrap ribbon around stick just below moss ball. Tie into a bow and trim tails.