Homemade Topiary


Topiaries were originally created by cutting fresh plants into various shapes in order to decorate a landscape. This ancient art of creating shapes from plants and flowers can be incorporated into making a homemade topiary with silk flowers. A topiary can be used to spruce up your home decor, as a wedding centerpiece or given as a gift. It is not difficult to make a homemade topiary.

Step 1

Spray paint a 12-inch wooden dowel and a 6-inch, heart-shaped floral foam with dark green acrylic spray paint. Set aside to dry.

Step 2

Glue a 7-inch length of ribbon around the top of a 6-inch clay flower pot overlapping ends as necessary. The ribbon should be as wide as the top edge of the flower pot. Fill the flower pot with floral clay, making sure it fits snugly into the pot.

Step 3

Insert the wooden dowel into the center of the clay in the flower pot; push the dowel clear to the bottom of the pot. Put the heart-shaped floral foam onto the wooden dowel by pushing the center bottom of the foam onto the top of the wooden dowel. Be careful not to push the dowel through the foam.

Step 4

Cut the stems off of the silk hydrangeas and glue the flowers all over the floral foam covering it completely. Let dry completely.

Step 5

Place a handful of Spanish moss over the top of the flower pot to cover the clay. Glue three or four silk leaves to the wooden dowel directly above the moss so the leaves lay on top of the moss.

Things You'll Need

  • Silk hydrangeas
  • Silk leaves
  • Heart-shaped floral foam
  • Wooden dowel
  • Clay flower pot
  • Floral clay
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue
  • Spanish moss
  • Green acrylic spray paint


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Residing in Southern Oregon, Amy Madtson has been writing for Demand Studios since 2008 with a focus on health, pregnancy, crafts and gardening. Her work has been published on websites such as eHow and Garden Guides, among others. Madtson has been a childbirth educator and doula since 1993.