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DIY Real Cedar & Orange Topiaries

I love to add fresh greenery to the house during the holidays. Cedar adds such a wonderful fragrance and looks great for several weeks.

Here is a step by step tutorial on how to make DIY Real Cedar & Orange Topiaries for your Christmas decorating.

You can see how to use fresh cedar to make this garland and to refresh this wreath for Christmas as well.

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Materials Needed

Make your Own Base for Cedar & Orange Topiaries

First, find a tree limb or branch which is the same diameter or larger than the base of your cone and using a chain saw or pole saw cut a section long enough for the number of bases you need.

Then cut the branch into 1 inch sections using a chop saw.

Note: Not into chain saws and such, just purchase some precut bases from the links above.

The finished base should look like this.

Next, find some straight sticks or you can use a dowel rod for the trunk of your topiary.

Then, drill a hole in the exact center of the wooden base using a cordless drill with a drill bit the same diameter as the sticks or dowel rods.

Then twist the stick into the drilled hole until it feels secure. If necessary, you can add a drop of wood glue.

Next, you will place the Styrofoam cone on the base by inserting the stick into the center of the bottom of the cone. Press down to the desired height.

Begin making DIY Real Cedar & Orange Topiaries

Before you begin making the topiaries, you will want to prepare your cut cedar and learn how to keep it fresh longer. If you haven’t read How To Keep Christmas Greenery Fresh, you can see it here.

Now, begin by gathering 3 -4 sprigs of your precut real cedar into bundles. Using the floral pin, gather the ends of the branches inside the pin head and press into the cone.

The bottom of the stems should reach the bottom of the cone because you don’t want the cone to be visible at the bottom. Continue adding bundles until the cone is covered around the base and the cedar looks like a skirt.

You can watch the full video tutorial on my YouTube Channel by clicking below.

Add Dried Orange Slices

For this next layer, you will need a glue gun and dried oranges slices. If you missed my post on how to dry fruit, you can see it here.

Add a drop of hot glue to the orange slice and press to the cone just above the cedar. Go all around the top of the cedar with orange slices. Don’t worry if you see gaps between the oranges. Fill in between the oranges by adding a drop of hot glue to sprigs of cedar and cover any exposed areas.

Round 2

Repeat with another row of cedar using the floral pins to apply and then another round of oranges. Once again, fill in any gaps by using hot glue to attach small sprigs of the cedar.

Finish top of Cedar & Orange Topiaries

For the final step, I gathered some small pinecones to add to the top of the topiaries however, you can purchase small pinecones if necessary. In addition, other items can be used for the top of the topiary, such as a metal or wooden star would be cute.

Using hot glue, adhere two to three small pinecones to the top. Then fill in around the pinecones with small sprigs of the real cedar to cover any exposed cone.

In addition, you can trim any areas that need to be shaped to give the topiaries an appealing appearance.

DIY Real Cedar and Orange Topiaries

The finished topiaries look great as a table centerpiece mixed with other natural elements.

Placing them in small urns is another way to use your DIY Real Cedar & Orange Topiaries.

One last note; If you’d like to keep your topiaries beyond the holiday season, you can use faux cedar and the orange slices will last for years. The is a link at the beginning of this post for some authentic looking faux cedar.

Placing them in small urns is another way to use your DIY Real Cedar & Orange Topiaries. See this post for a DIY Dried Orange and Herb Garland or this post on how to make a Cedar Garland that won’t fall apart.

In addition, you would like the post on How to make a Kissing Ball here.

If you liked these topiaries, you would like this tutorial for Felt Christmas Trees.

Thanks for your support and happy holidays.

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Tuesday 30th of November 2021

These trees are gorgeous! I love them.


Wednesday 1st of December 2021

Renae, I really appreciate this.

Wendy McMonigle

Saturday 16th of October 2021

Hi Rachel, this post is so amazing. I am so glad I found you. I can already tell we will be great friends. Its funny you say to collect the Christmas craft supplies early. My girlfriend and I were doing the Dollar Tree tour today! I love your style and will enjoy receiving your blog posts.

Sunday 17th of October 2021

Wendy, Thanks so much. I'm so glad I found you as well. I loved your pumpkin placemats and can't to see your other creative ideas.

Sarah @ The DIY Mommy

Sunday 27th of December 2020

Wow! These are stunning!

Monday 28th of December 2020

Sarah, I'm so glad you like them. Rachel


Sunday 20th of December 2020

These are absolutely gorgeous! I used dried oranges throughout my home this Christmas season, too and have really loved the fragrant, natural accent. Your topiaries are fabulous! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! Pinned!

Sunday 20th of December 2020

Cecilia, I really appreciate this. Thanks so much.

Debbee M

Saturday 19th of December 2020

Beautifully done. Thanks for the lovely photo's and easy to follow tutorial. Pinned! Have a most happy and healthy holiday.

Sunday 20th of December 2020

Debbee, Thank you so much.