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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Copying an Expensive Centerpiece



Today I am linking to Sunday Showcase @ Under The Table and Dreaming. Be sure to visit and see all the wonderful things everyone has been up to.

I love to browse through high-end furniture stores and drool over their beautiful furniture, vignettes and accessories. Usually their accessories are out of this world and the price is too. I was browsing through Robb & Stucky's and I saw a moss ball arrangement that I just loved and thought I could create something very similar.
With a price tag of almost $300.00, I definitely wanted to try.

This is my creation. It is really quite large. The moss ball is about the size of a bowling ball. Theirs was much larger and in a garden urn, but my house wouldn't accomodate something that big.


I started with a bag of pods and leaves, some berry stems, moss rocks, and 2 bags of moss all from the DT, and a couple of small wreaths that I already had. Then I made a ball out of newspaper. Just make it as big as you want and tape it really well with packing tape and you have a great ball to decorate.


Just spray adhesive on a secion of your ball and then press the moss on. I also spray the moss and press it even tighter to the ball once it is on. Continue all the way around.


This is what it looks like when you are all done.


I took a footed metal bowl that I found at GW a while back for $2.99 and placed foam in the center, then started layering all the pods, leaves, moss rocks and everything that was in the DT bag around the rim. I had some reindeer moss that Gloria had sent me and so I put some of that around too. Love it and love the color. Then I placed a really small wreath on top of the foam as part of my center.


Then I added a little bit larger twig wreath that I placed a few of the berry stems into.


I stuck a wooden skewer into the bottom of the moss ball and then into the foam, and ta-da, I was done.


A little sneak peek of where I have it. Come back for Table Top Tuesday and I'll show you the whole vignette.


If you missed my post yesterday. I so hope you will go and read Laura @ Decor To Adore's post. It's her life story and one so inspiring and such a blessing that I hope all of blogland will read it.

I am also linking to:
Metamorphosis Monday
Just Something I Whipped Up
Making The World Cuter
Cottage Instincts
Twice Remembered Cottage
The Persimmon Perch
Keeping It Simple
Thrifty Treasure

Thanks so much for stopping by. I always look forward to your visits.

74 comments:

  1. Hi Marty,

    That turned out really nice.

    Thanks for the step by step installations too.
    I'll add it to my list of "I'd sure like to do that's". =)

    blessings

    barbara jean

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  2. Marty, look how crafty you are. That looks great. I love the twig wreath and the moss and all of it. Great texture.

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  3. I love how this turned out! This is my kind of greenery...you can't kill it. Well done!

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  4. Oh, Marty, you smart little one! This is so pretty! You are so good at just looking at something and then creating it! I love this.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  5. You did an amazing job! Beautiful centerpiece you created.

    Barb

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  6. Love it - gorgeopus....
    Shirlene

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  7. Marty, you are so smart! That looks so great. I've seen those in stores, and they are so expensive. You did a great job. laurie

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  8. The newspaper ball is pure genius! My first thought was "where did she get a styrofoam ball that size?"--you are a smart girl!!

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  9. WOW Marty, this is gorgeous!!! You did an awesome job with this. Isn't it amazing at how much some of these arrangements can cost! You were really smart and did it on the cheap. Great look, I'll come back and check on your vignette. Have a wonderful weekend,
    xo,
    Debra

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  10. That looks so pretty. I love it, I will give it ago!!
    Thanks
    oxo

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  11. It's gorgeous! I am going to have to try the newspaper ball, I hate spending money on the foam!

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  12. Marty how fun is this girl..WOW!! now you know I will try this one for sure...it would also look great at Christmas and with a few sea shells...oh my poor olden brain is spining now ha ha!! I pray your having a great great weekend my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  13. well, that is just gorgeous! well done.

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  14. Oh, Miss Talented One...you are so awesome at making these beautiful things for your home.
    I love this!!
    xo bj

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  15. Your centerpiece turned out great. I really like it. I love moss and grapevine and you put them together so well.

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  16. Marty, this is gorgeous!! I just went to DT Tues. night and bought some of their moss to make me some small "wadded up newspaper" balls, too! After seeing your big daddy one though, I just may change my mind and make a single bigger one for me! I love how you added the twiggy wreaths and berries to your base ~ great GW container, too!

    Thanks for stopping by ~ I've got you entered twice for my giveaway!!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  17. HI!!!Every show I watch lately has a moss ball in it, so I bought a bag of it at JOANNS the other day and some craft thing I am going to make, I'll show mine later, it's not a ball but I will now be making one since you showed me how~!!!!
    LOVE YOURS!!!!I saw the Moss ball on Tori Spellings reality show, Kendra'a reality show and now here!!!!I can buy bags of moss at the dollar store???REALLY????How cool!!!!I paid either 2.99 or 3.99!!!!No fair!!!!
    hugs,
    jamie
    I will pop over and read Laura's, I have read the one from a year or so ago!!!!lovely story!!!

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  18. Marty, that is absolutely gorgeous - wow, wow, wow! I am saving this post because I love moss balls and love all the interesting things you used to put it together. You gave excellent instructions. Did you use reindeer moss on the whole ball? Also congrats on being "featured" (from a previous post). Linda (p.s. Can I say "wow" one more time?!)

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  19. Marty, this is so amazing, beautiful.
    Debby

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  20. Marty, I've done this type of thing for clients- can you BELIEVE what they charge for this stuff?? You did a fabulous job and I can't wait to see the vignette it became a part of!
    xoxo Pattie

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  21. I love this! You were really creative to think of making the ball out of newspaper.

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  22. Marty...you are a very clever girl. I am glad I am not the only one who goes browsing for inspiration. Your moss ball is gorgeous!

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  23. Marty,
    This really turned out nice. I love that old phone, too. Can't wait to see the whole space :)
    Robin

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  24. WOW that is beautiful! I recently bought 2 bags of moss, and a small urn and was waiting to find a large styrofoam ball, now I know I dont have to, thanks for the inspiration! Heading over to read Laura's blog now! Sue

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  25. I love this, Marty! This is a great twist on a typical moss ball or topiary and I love that you copied a high end catalog's version. There may be hope for that demented looking topiary I made awhile back {I think it's because the stick isn't straight}.

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  26. Awesome! I love this, especially next to your little old phone. A very pretty vignette! :)

    ~Liz

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  27. Hi Marty! You are so clever! This is so pretty! The newspaper is a great idea! Catching up...congrats on your porch! But I am not surprised! You amaze me with your wealth of fabulous ideas! And I love it that your flowers have lasted so long and been so pretty! Have a wonderful Sunday!Hugs...Debbie

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  28. Marty! Thanks for stopping by Keepin' Up With The Moody's and becoming my 15th follower. I will return the favor, because you are one crefty gal! I LOVE working with moss, and I definitely see a decorative ball or topiary in my future. Thanks again! I look forward to getting to know you better!

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  29. Marty, you are one clever lady! Great job and beautiful piece. I'm impressed that you made one of these. I need to get more crafty. LOL

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  30. Hi Marty, You are amazing, that is such a creative, thrifty idea. It really came out so beautiful, love the moss with the grapevine, rustic, yet so elegant on your table! Thank you for an inspiring idea!
    Hugz,
    Kim

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  31. What a great project! The combination of all the natural elements is just awesome and brings nature inside. Love everything about it, including the scale!

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  32. I love that Marty! Its just my style! Natural and woodsy... And you made it look so easy...

    Thanks
    ~Rainey~

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  33. Your centerpiece is beautiful. Wish I had seen them before the wedding.

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  34. That is so pretty, Marty! If you bought it, it would cost a pretty penny!!! You are just too talented/ha

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  35. Marty, I love your new centerpiece! I always get such great ideas from you.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  36. Good golly, Marty! I'm so copying this. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  37. Oh Marty! I LOVE this! It looks fantastic! Can't wait to see the whole vignette!!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  38. Gorgeous centerpiece, MArty. You are so talented and creative and you sure can save so much money recreating expensive stuff.....Christine

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  39. OK Marty,
    You smarty pants you! That looks fabulous! I can't believe you thought that up and put it together so easily!
    I bet you start a new blogging trend!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  40. I love this! I should make one myself...great reminder.

    Hope you are doing well and have a great week!

    xoxo
    Pat

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  41. Beautiful job and for a whole lot less than $30, you got much more than just a moss covered ball.

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  42. How pretty! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  43. Great job...I love topiaries and yours looks wonderfl.

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  44. Amazing! Love it and thanks for the tutorial. Be blessed. Cindy

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  45. wow marty! that is so awesome- i love it! i love all the mossy projects i see lately, but never think to do them myself. i really need to try it out- it's a great way to bring some green indoors!

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  47. THat looks great! Love how green it is.

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  48. That is just stunning! I love the whole look and the tips on making it.
    Thanks for sharing the idea!

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  49. That is so cute! I totally love it! :)

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  50. Wow Marty. I'm impressed. I absolutely love it. I'm going to see if I can find the materials to make me one.

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  51. Love the way that turned out! So cute! I'm totally lovin' that antique black phone in the background of the last pic. COOL!

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  52. You created a timeless piece......and when I looked down and saw that you had made the base of the moss ball out of rolled up paper, I about died!! Great job, Lana

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  53. This looks fantastic. Thanks for the tutorial!

    Stopping in from Sunday Showcase.

    ~Ela

    http://www.lifeinmypjs.com

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  54. I just love this centerpiece. Gorgeous! The natural elements are right up my alley! Fabulous job Marty. I want one =) Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase Party. I greatly appreciate it! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  55. Hi Marty. Just wanted to let you know I'll be featuring your centerpiece tomorrow! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like! Simply gorgeous! Thanks for joining the Sunday Showcase! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  56. Great ideal and great job, I love all the texture. Can't wait to see your tablescape, see you for Tabletop Tuesday. Have a great day.
    Sandy

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  57. Marty that looks great! I've never thought about using spray adhesive. I am so inspired by this! I love looking at all the tabletop decor in furniture stores too! Fantastic job!

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  58. Don't you just love it when a design in your head turns out so beautiful? I love this and thanks for all the design details. It will make it easier to make my own!

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  59. That is amazing! I love it. I can imagine the price at Robb and Stuckey...

    Thanks for the tutorial..

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  60. i love this. i think im going to make something similar for my entry table. thanks for sharing!!

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  61. wow your's looks great... I want one too..

    Sonny

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  62. Wow that is great!! I love it!

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  63. Your Moss Ball arrangement is beautiful, Marty. You are so creative. Thanks for showing the steps. I think even I can do something like that. Lookforward to seeing you vingette tomorrow.
    I will visit the blog you recommended too. Have a great day.

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  64. I wish that I had a camera with me when I see an arrangement that I'd like to copy. I saw an arrangement with moss balls at Pottery Barn at Christmas and made my own version. I used green styrofoam balls for mine-but newspaper, even better!

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  65. Fabulous!!! And thrifty too. My kind of centerpiece. When I was in Phoenix last summer we went into Robb & Stucky's. It was pretty pricey. I just love when people knock off stuff for cheap. Can't wait to see your entire vignette tomorrow.

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  66. Hi Marty!

    I just love this and thank you so much for the tutorial! And I love that you made the ball. A syrofoam ball that size is so over priced!

    I am adding this to my "to do crafts" file!

    See ya later for TTT!

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  67. I love this! Great tutorial!!! I will defniately be trying to do this.

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  68. I have always wanted a moss covered topiary! You are such a clever and crafty girl to make the base out of newspaper. Well done.

    Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. I am truly blessed because of it.

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  69. OMG!!! You need to sell all the cool stuff you make online. You would get rich. I love it. It looks like it cost $300.00

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  70. Marty I realllly love this, it has great texture and color, Perfect!! Kathysue

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  71. I love all things moss and I absolutely LOVE this project!! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  72. Loved this so much, I did it! Posted pics on my blog. Thanks for inspiring!! :)

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