Sarah made them. The "party" ended up just being our family of seven plus my parents, which was perfect for our reserved Nella. She had a great time with all of her new "Nin-Nay" (as she pronounces it) stuff. She even got a Minnie potty so that we can try to get that girl out of diapers! We'll see how that goes...
For decoration, I decided to try to make one of these Minnie topiaries on my own. Here's how I did it.
~a large styrofoam ball
~two small styrofoam balls
~a piece of styrofoam for the bottom of the clay pot (I used a cone that I had leftover from a previous project. I cut the tip off s it sat flat.)
~fake flowers that I pulled off of a Hawaiian lei
~a 3/16x 36" dow rod that I cut down to 3/16x12'
~a small clay pot
~Krylon "watermelon" hot pink spray paint
~black spray paint
~a large permanent marker
I started by spray painting the clay pot a hot pink. It took several coats, and was covered with dead grass at the end, but I got it done! Between coats of hot pink, I spray painted all of the styrofoam balls, and the dow rod, black. After all of the paint was dry, I drew black polkadots onto the pot with a permanent marker. Then I began the assembly. I placed my extra piece of styrofoam at the bottom of the pot, and hot glued it in place a little.
I used toothpicks to hold the smaller balls onto the larger one as Minnie's ears. I then stuck one end of the dow rod into Minnie's "head," and the other end into the secured piece at the bottom of the pot. I needed a filler, so I used old tissue paper to stuff down into the clay pot. This is really the trick to hold the extra piece in well! I then hot glued the fake flowers onto the tissue paper & made Minnie a quick bow to give her a finished look. That was a quick & simple project to liven up the party table. The best part was that it was WAY cheaper than the $20 that the etsy shop has them for! For those of you who know me in real life, you know I'm way too cheap for that price!
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