© by Noreen Doll.
An Edgar Allen Poe topiary is perfect for Halloween. He was a master of creepy story telling, and The Raven is one of his works.
You can even use some recyclables to make this easy topiary.
What You Need
A Black Bird
Newspaper – Cut into 2 inch squares
Tacky Glue or other glue
Recycled Tin Can
Wood Dowel – 10 1/2 inches long, 1/4 inch diameter
Plaster of Paris
Black Spray Paint
What You Do
1. Push one end of the dowel into the styrofoam ball to make an indentation for the dowel later. Remove the dowel from the ball.
2. Put enough Plaster of Paris and water (follow directions on the box) into the can to fill the can about 2 inches.
Use the Plaster of Paris OUTSIDE to prevent it possibly going down your drains and creating a stoppage. Clean the plaster from items with your garden hose.
3. Mix the water and Plaster of Paris and quickly stick the dowel into the middle.
Hold the dowel for a minute or two to be sure it will stay standing straight in the center of the can. Let harden.
4. Cut newspaper into 2 inch squares. Crumple each square around your finger tip, and using the glue, attach it to the styrofoam ball until the ball is completely covered – except for a small area around the dowel opening.
Put the squares fairly close together, and don’t leave big spaces. Let dry.
5. Using the black spray paint, spray the dowel and the can, inside and out. Use a second coat if needed. Let dry.
6. Put a small dab of glue in the dowel hole, and attach the styrofoam ball to the top of the dowel of your Edgar Allen Poe topiary.
7. Using the wire on the black bird’s feet, attach the bird to the top of the styrofoam ball.
8. You can tie a ribbon around the can or dowel, but I prefer it plain.
You can use an Edgar Allen Poe topiary for a centerpiece on your Halloween table.
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