Today's Works-For-Me-Wednesday tip is about how to make an inexpensive fall topiary, but I first have to mention this: I think we need to establish some kind of workers' comp for bloggers! I have officially sustained my first injury:
(Please ignore my old lady hands! They have been that wrinkly since I was born, and now, at the ripe old age of 32, they look positively ancient.) Let's focus on the large glue gun-induced blister on my finger instead.
I sustained this injury while attempting to create my fall topiary. I bought one of these green cones at Michael's, spray painted it black (so that the green wouldn't show through if I missed any spots)...
...and gathered my glue gun (nasty little thing) and a few pounds of nuts (2 1/2 lb. to be exact) from the grocery store. Then I turned on a DVR-ed "Desperate Housewives" during Nina's nap, and about an hour later I had this adorable topiary!
I liked it so much that I went back to the store, bought some more supplies, and made a second topiary. I figured one day I might have a traditional mantle again, and that I would want one for either end. Each topiary probably cost a total of about $10. Works for me!
(And if anyone knows of a good insurance plan that covers glue gun burns, I am open to suggestions!)