A few notes about supplies: If you don't want to silver leaf the votive cup, you could just paint it, or use some other small container to your liking. Just make sure one of the styrofoam balls can fit in the cup. Also, cut the dowel to approx 6 inches long.
To silver leaf the votive cup, first sponge the Mod Podge on the inside of the cup, and leave a few areas bare. Set aside to dry.
When the Mod Podge is dry, but still slightly tacky, start applying the silver leaf. Tear the sheets into small pieces and spread around the inside of the cup with a soft bristle brush. This size cup took about three sheets of silver leaf.
This is the votive cup finished. Now let's make the topiary!
Poke a hole in one of the styrofoam balls. Pull the flowers off of the stems. I used Hydrangea flowers and stacked two together for each motif.
Put a little moss under the flower and pin a button through the flower, then pin the unit onto the styrofoam ball. I used two pins for each button. Work your way around the ball, but don't cover up the hole you made.
Put a little hot glue in the hole and poke the dowel back in. Now do the same with the other ball. Add some moss to the votive cup.
Put some hot glue on the bottom of the plain ball and center it in the votive cup.
Cover the top of the ball with more moss and add some buttons and flowers to the moss.
Now find a place for your lovely topiary to be admired!