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’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.
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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.
If you enjoy DIY tutorials be sure you didn’t miss this super easy one.
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
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, 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.
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.
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!
If necessary, you can separate and style the stems to your desired shape. 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 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.
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
I hope you enjoyed this DIY project. I appreciate any questions or comments. Thanks so much for stopping by.