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Easy DIY Topiaries You Can Make Yourself

I’m sharing how I made an easy Topiary for my porch Decor last Spring! Because I was unable to find any authentic looking faux topiaries, I decided that I would make my own.

Here are my step by step instructions to create an amazing faux topiary .

Easy DIY Topiaries with step by step instructions that you can make yourself in a few minutes.

Here is the stem I used to make my DIY Topiary.  It's the perfect size for one large Topiary.

Here’s a close up view of the stems I purchased.  They were $5.99 each but were on sale for 50% off.

It all began as I was walking 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 also spotted some cute pots, also 50% off.


Note: This is a re-post from my previous blog but I felt it was well 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.

DIY Topiaries are completed.  I used several different stems to complete this project.  They look great on the porch.

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DIY Topiary Tutorial

I love making topiaries and here is a grapevine topiary tutorial and this Boxwood & Lemon Topiary

DIY Topiaries are great for Spring and Summer Decorating and have a fresh garden feel.

The supplies

  1. The green stems – Hobby Lobby had a good selection of mini’s. Note: For an online option that is similar click here.
  2. Sheet Moss
  3. Styrofoam balls – I had these white ones at home but if I were buying, I’d probably choose green ones.  
  4. Floral wire
  5. Hot Glue Gun & Sticks
  6. 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.  
  7. Clay pots or other container.
Here are some of the supplies needed to make authentic looking faux Topiary.

If you enjoy DIY tutorials be sure you didn’t miss this super easy one.

Here is how I divided the faux greenery to make a small topiary.

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 stem 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

Here I show how the styrofoarm should fit into the pot to make a faux topiary.

Add a bead of hot glue to the Styrofoam ball and press firmly into the pot

I used hot glue to secure the styrofoam to the pot so the topiary would be secure.

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, be sure to measure from the bottom of the pot up to decide how tall you want your topiary to be.  Then just push the stick into the ball, keeping the stick straight up.  

Make sure to measure your stick to the height you wish your DIY Topiary to be.

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, just keep wrapping until the stems are securely attached.   If it still feels loose, just apply a little 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 that 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.

I used faux moss to over the base of the DIY Topiary.

Add a bead of hot glue to the Styrofoam ball and attach pieces of moss to cover the entire surface of the ball.  Be careful to not burn your fingers on the hot glue.  I’m speaking from experience here!  EEEEKKKKK!

TA-DA

Here is a completed DIY Topiary.

If necessary, you can separate and style the stems to your desired shape. I found they naturally look authentic without any styling.

My first small and large topiary.

One large and one small topiary.


Here are the first two topiaries that I made.  The small one cost me approx. $4.50 excluding the wire, stick and hot glue which I already had.  The larger one was approx. $8.00 because of the larger pot and I used the full stem.  

Here are several of the DIY Topiaries.

You may notice that I used another style of stem on the second topiary from the left.  I also used one of my faux aged pots and you can see instructions for this 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  

View of my DIY topiary on my vintage ice box.
Country Church Print available here.
Showing my DIY Topiary as a dining table center piece

I hope you enjoyed this DIY project. I appreciate any questions or comments. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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How to Make and Decorate with Topiaries - Decorating Tips

Sunday 13th of February 2022

[…] Next up, is the very impressive Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse. I had to take a double take when it came to these topiary trees. Rachel did such an amazing job creating natural looking topiaries, I almost did not believe they were faux. She even used real sticks from her yard, which just adds to the natural look of these beautiful topiaries. Can you believe they costed her under $10 to make? Pays to shop those Hobby Lobby sales. For a closer look and complete directions on how to make these for your own home, visit The Ponds Farmhouse: Easy DIY Topiaries You Can Make Yourself. […]

Rachel

Sunday 13th of February 2022

I'm so excited that you shared my DIY Topiaries. Thanks so much.

Peggy Bostic

Saturday 20th of March 2021

Love these! I can hardly wait to try my hand at these. WHERE did you get the Amazing Grace picture??? That is beautiful!!

Thank you for my creative inspiration for today!

Peggy

rahrags@gmail.com

Sunday 21st of March 2021

Peggy, Thank you so much. Grace was my first cow painting. I have prints available http://www.thepondsfarmhouse.com/store/Grace-p124641004

Betsy M Stitzer

Thursday 11th of March 2021

These are so cute. Im going to try them. My question is where did you get the picture with church and saying was grace that taught my heart?

rahrags@gmail.com

Thursday 11th of March 2021

Betsy, I see that you found the source Thanks so much for ordering the print.

Cynthia Solomon

Monday 18th of January 2021

Rachel...these are so adorable...I don't think I can make just one ;P). Thanks so much for sharing so a doable idea! These would also be super cute doing them in spring/summer florals! Many blessings!!

rahrags@gmail.com

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

Cynthia, I'm so glad you like these. They are so easy. Thanks so much.

Debbie

Thursday 24th of September 2020

I have never considered purchasing these; the greenery always seems so artificial. But these are perfectly charming. I’m inspired to make a few. Can you give me some idea of the proportions? How long should the stem be compared to the size of the pot?

rahrags@gmail.com

Monday 28th of September 2020

Debbie, I've seen them all sizes but I'd say at least double! Thanks for stopping by and good luck with your project. Rachel