How to Make Topiary Trees


A topiary is the art of making decorative shapes from flowers or plants, silk or real. Making a topiary at home can be done with with silk flowers and craft supplies to create a popular home decoration; making your own is less expensive than purchasing a ready-made topiary from the store. A few simple steps and basic supplies will have you creating a masterful topiary in relatively little time.

Step 1

Select an urn-shaped vase approximately 4 to 6 inches in diameter. Place a piece of floral foam in the vase and pieces as needed to fill to the top.

Step 2

Insert an 8-inch long stick into the middle of the floral foam in the vase. Push down at least 3 inches for security. Place a handful of Spanish moss over the top of the vase to cover the foam.

Step 3

Push a 4-inch floral foam ball onto the top end of the stick down about 2 inches. Be careful that the stick does not get pushed clear through the ball.

Step 4

Use wire cutters to cut the silk rose stems to 2 inches long. Insert the roses into the foam ball, covering it completely.

Step 5

Tie a piece of ribbon around the stick underneath the foam ball. Lay a couple roses over the moss on top of the vase if desired.

Things You'll Need

  • Urn-shaped vase
  • Floral foam
  • Stick
  • Spanish moss
  • Floral foam ball
  • Silk roses
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue
  • Ribbon


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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.