Easy DIY Topiaries with step by step instructions that you can make yourself in a few minutes.
When I couldn’t find authentic-looking faux topiaries, I made these myself. I’m sharing how I made an easy Topiary for my porch Decor last Spring!
Here are my step by step instructions to create an amazing faux topiary .
It all began as I walked through Hobby Lobby and spotted these mini greenery stems. Immediately, I saw that they were just what I was looking for. Because they were on sale for 50% off, I selected several to begin my project. As luck would have it, I spotted some cute pots, 50% off.
Note: This is a re-post from my previous blog, but I felt it was worth repeating. I’m still using these topiaries all over my house.
Here is a recent photo of the original topiaries and they still look great.
See How to Keep Preserved Moss looking brand new for years on this post.
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DIY Topiary Tutorial
- The green stems – Hobby Lobby had a good selection of mini’s. Note: For an online option that is similar click here.
- Sheet Moss
- Styrofoam balls – I had these white ones at home but if I were buying, I’d probably choose green ones.
- Floral wire
- Hot Glue Gun & Sticks
- Straight sticks – I gathered these from my yard. You can purchase sticks at Hobby Lobby but that will increase the cost effectiveness of the project.
- Clay pots or other container.
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Cut Stems to Apply
I began making my first topiary using a small pot. I cut the stems apart and used 1/2 for each small pot. For the larger pots, I left the stems intact and used one complete branch for each topiary. Since shopping for stems may be an issue at the time, here is another authentic Rosemary Stem available online.
Glue Styrofoam balls to the pot
Add a bead of hot glue to the Styrofoam ball and press firmly into the pot
Then add a little hot glue around the stick at the top of the ball.
Cut your stick to the size you want
When making your topiary, measure from the bottom of the pot to decide how tall you want your topiary to be. Then push the stick into the ball, keeping the stick straight up.
Then cut the floral wire approx. 12 inches. Hold the stems at the top of the stick and begin to wrap the stems to the stick. Using the wire, keep wrapping until the stems are securely attached.
If it still feels loose, apply hot glue to the wire to keep it from slipping. (Disclaimer!! This photo isn’t a video. It’s just the only shot of me wrapping the wire I could find! LOL If you’d like to see the video version, you can check it out on my Instagram Stories Archive.)
Hot glue the Moss to the Styrofoam ball.
Add a bead of hot glue to the Styrofoam ball and attach moss pieces to cover the ball’s entire surface. Be careful not to burn your fingers on the hot glue. I’m speaking from experience here! EEEEKKKKK!
You can use finger protectors to keep your skin safe.
You can separate and style the stems to your desired shape if necessary. I found they naturally look authentic without any styling.
One large and one small topiary.
Here are the first two topiaries that I made. The small one cost me approximately $ 4.50, excluding the wire, stick, and hot glue I already had. The larger one was approx. I used the whole stem for $8.00 because of the larger pot.
You may notice that I used another stem style on the second topiary from the left. I also used one of my faux-aged pots; you can see the instructions here. Please feel free to ask any questions. I hope you enjoy experimenting with different stems and different size pots.
WARNING!! Creating these topiaries may be addictive! I now have them all over my home! I’m trying to resist the urge to make more. LOL
Additional DIY Topiaries
I hope you enjoyed this DIY project. I appreciate any questions or comments. Thanks so much for stopping by.