This is an easy DIY Project tutorial to make Fresh Boxwood Topiaries or Boxwood and Lemon Topiaries.
Including the lemons is optional if you prefer a simple boxwood topiary.
You will find this inexpensive and easy tutorial helpful and it will spark your imagination for other topiary options as well.
DIY Boxwood Topiaries
For this project I’ve combined fresh boxwood and faux lemons to create an Italian table accent. Using fresh boxwood will limit the life of your topiaries, however I love the look of the real boxwood. It’s almost impossible to find a good faux boxwood in my opinion.
In addition, there are tips for keeping boxwood fresh longer and you can see how to keep any greenery looking fresh here.
If you prefer, you can use preserved boxwood but supplies are usually much more expensive. I’ve tried preserving boxwood without great success, however I may give it another try, just not today.
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Using Fresh Boxwood
This is a great time of year to cut boxwood because it will keep fresh longer when brought indoors. Boxwood cut in the summer months will fade and dry out very quickly.
I have cut boxwood at Christmas and have kept the stems in my home until June with great success.
With that being said, the leaves will eventually become brittle so you will want to place your stems in an area that they are not easily disturbed.
To keep them fresh longer, check out this post that I shared above.
Supplies for Boxwood Lemon Topiaries
- Cone Shaped Styrofoam (I used some that I had recycled from this previous fresh greenery topiary).
- Preserved Moss
- Spray Adhesive
- Fresh Boxwood Stems – cut in a variety of lengths from 2 to 14 inches
- Cordless Hot Glue Gun
- Hot Glue Sticks
- Faux Lemons – You can use real lemons if desired
- Floral U Pins
Begin by covering the styrofoam cones with preserved moss. Spray small sections of the cone with spray adhesive and press the moss onto the cone to adhere. Continue until the cone is completely covered with moss.
This will assure that your topiary looks full and lush. Without the moss, you will have difficulty covering the styrofoam and makes working with the boxwood difficult.
Assemble Boxwood Topiaries
The boxwood stems should be basically straight stems. You don’t want stems branching off from the main stem because they will not lay close together.
Begin at the bottom of your cone and attach several longer stems running upward on the the cone. Using the U pins, you can attach 4-6 stems with each pin.
You will need to add some short stems intermingled with the longer stems because the cone narrows as you go up.
Continue around the base of the cone until the area is filled.
Next, you will want to fill the upper area of the cone using a mix of shorter stems.
At this time, you will want to attach the tops of longer stems with the U pins as you add the shorter stems. This will assure that all the stems hug the cone.
Finally, at the top of the cone, you will add a few short stems and you can trim away any wild stems that are sticking out using scissors or pruning shears.
You can add additional stems using hot glue to cover any exposed U pins and to fill any areas that need additional coverage.
Continue to fill in with small pieces of boxwood until you have a desirable cone shape.
See Video Below for visual instructions.
As an option, you can add lemons to your boxwood topiaries. They can be intermingled with the boxwood or added to the bottom of the topiaries as I’m showing here.
Lemon Topiaries Containers
First, determine the container for your boxwood topiary. There are so many options such as a terra cotta clay pot, a wooden base, a large candle holder, vintage tea cups, vintage bowls, small cake plates, etc. Just be creative with your choices.
For this project, I am using small white saucers which I will add to vintage milk glass vases for height.
For this same technique, you can use a plastic or heavy duty paper plate and set the plate on any item that works with your decor.
Instead of placing the topiary directly inside a container, for this technique, you need a rim for the lemons to be attached.
They will stick to the boxwood but they don’t adhere securely and you risk the weight of the lemons pulling away leaves from the boxwood.
A slight rim, such as the one on these plates, allows the lemons to have a resting spot and your topiary will be sturdy.
Note: Real Lemons will not adhere to the topiaries as easily as faux lemons. They may require floral picks to secure.
Attach Faux Lemons
To begin attaching lemons, center the topiary on your container or plate. Add a small amount of hot glue to the lemons allowing them to attach to both the greenery and the plate.
Continue around the base of your topiary until it is filled with lemons.
Next, using hot glue add sprigs of the boxwood to fill holes around the lemons.
I love topiaries that look natural and I’ve made several versions.
What to do when the boxwood is dead!
As I said in the beginning, using fresh boxwood means these topiaries will not last forever. If you use some of the tips I mentioned above they will last much longer.
However, eventually you will want to remove the dead stems. If you think you will make this project again next year, here is what to do.
- Remove all dead stems and U pins
- Remove the lemons from the cone
- Gather a plastic bag and place the cones, any loose moss and lemons inside
- Add a few silica bags and securely tie the bag
- Place with your craft supplies and label what the contents are
It will be easy to just add new fresh boxwood next year.
You can also use the moss covered cones for other projects in the meantime.
DIY Fresh Boxwood Lemon Topiaries
I hope you like the DIY Fresh Boxwood Lemon Topiaries as much as I do.
The topiaries are the same height however to add additional height for this vignette, a brass candlestick was added.
These topiaries were used on this Italian Themed Tablescape, and I can’t wait for you to see the full table.
See VIDEO TUTORIAL
Other Topiary Ideas
- Corn Stalks Topiaries
- Real Cedar and Orange Topiaries
- Easy Topiaries You Can Make Yourself
- Sweet Gum Ball Stems
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I hope you’ll check out the Italian Tablescape these were created for.