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Easy DIY Topiaries You Can Make Yourself

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 .

Faux rosemary fern to make topiaries.
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 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.

Farmhouse Style Topiaries - Budget  Friendly DIY Project and cottage style home decor.

See How to Keep Preserved Moss looking brand new for years on this post.

Easy, Budget Friendly DIY Topiaries to make yourself.  Inexpensive Craft Project for cottage style decor.


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DIY Topiary Tutorial

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

Farmhouse Style Easy To Make Topiaries for Spring Decorating.

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.
Supplies for Budget Friendly Topiary craft ideas.

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

Supplies for Budget-Friendly DIY Topiaries that are easy to make.

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

Supplies for DIY Inexpensive Topiaries

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, 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.  

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, 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.

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

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.


Here is a completed DIY Topiary.

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

My first small and large topiary.
One large and one small topiary.

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.  

Here are several of the DIY Topiaries.

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  

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

Additional DIY Topiaries

Corn Stalks Topiaries
Fresh Boxwood & Lemon Topiaries

Real Cedar & Orange Topiaries
Grapevine Topiary
Sweet Gum Ball Stems

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

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Seven on Saturday 1/28/23 - Perfecting Places

Saturday 28th of January 2023

[…] 2. Rachel makes the prettiest topiaries! […]

Kim Hume

Thursday 26th of January 2023

Rachel, I love this topiary DIY. Yours are so pretty! I just stumbled across this post this week, and would love to share it this week in my Saturday roundup!


Friday 27th of January 2023

Kim, I appreciate this and would be happy for you to share. Thank you.

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. […]


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!


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Sunday 21st of March 2021

Peggy, Thank you so much. Grace was my first cow painting. I have prints available

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?

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Thursday 11th of March 2021

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