Making topiary trees and centerpieces is gaining popularity as they are showing up in many home decors and widely are being used for decorating wedding receptions. Purchasing a ready-made topiary can cost a pretty penny, but making your own is inexpensive, relatively quick and simple. Using basic craft supplies easily found at a local craft store, you can put together your own professional-looking topiary trees and centerpieces.
Use a 12-inch tall foam cone and place two to three strips of double-sided tape on the bottom of the flat end. Place the cone on a small-footed cake dish and push the cone down gently to adhere securely to the plate.
Select craft berries such as Canella or Hypericum berries. Cut the berry stems into 1- or 2-inch lengths.
Hot glue the berries over the foam cone starting at the bottom, working around the cone in layers until you reach the top. Keep the berries facing in the same direction as you glue them over the cone.
Cover the cone completely, going back over the cone if needed and adding more berries to fill in any gaps. Lay a few berry stems on the cake stand around the base of the cone to finish.
Fill a 6-inch clay flower pot with floral clay. Cut a piece of ribbon one and half times the diameter of the clay pot. Glue the ribbon around the upper rim of the flower pot, overlapping the ends. Let dry.
Insert an 8-inch wooden dowel into the center of the floral clay in the pot. Take a 4-inch, heart-shaped piece of foam and push onto the upper end of the wooden dowel. Be careful that the dowel does not push clear through the foam.
Select the silk flowers you wish to use for your centerpiece and completely cut off the stems right below the flower head. Hot glue the flowers over the heart-shape foam to cover it completely.
Place craft moss over the top of the pot to cover the clay. Put a few flowers over the moss if desired.
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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.