How to Make Flower Topiaries


You can easily make flower topiaries as decorative accessories in your home from fresh silk or dried flowers. You can find the supplies that you need to create beautiful flower topiaries locally at your craft store or from online floral retailers. Topiary forms that are ready to decorate can be pricey. Luckily, you can make your own forms at a huge discount with a little ingenuity.

Step 1

Determine the height of your flower topiary based on the available space. The listed materials are for a single ball topiary, but you can include more floral balls to create a larger topiary. Consider creating a topiary design with successively smaller foam balls from bottom to top for an A shape. You can also elect to make the topiary with the same size foam balls all the way to the top. Remember that smaller foam balls will require smaller-diameter dowels.

Step 2

Cut the dowel to measure 12 to 15 inches for a single ball topiary. You'll need to allow for at least 3 inches of dowel to be inserted into the floral ball, and 4 inches to be inserted into the clay pot.

Step 3

Spray paint your dowel, foam ball and clay pot to coordinate with the silk flower colors. Let the paint dry.

Step 4

Insert the dowel 3 inches into the center of the foam ball to create the top of your topiary. Cut a section of floral foam to fit inside the clay pot and insert it into the pot. Insert the other end of the dowel 4 inches down into the center of the floral foam.

Step 5

Cut the blossoms plus 2 inches of stem from the silk flowers with wire cutters. If you are making flower topiaries with fresh flowers, you'll need to cut the flowers the same as the silk ones, but you'll need to make a rigid stem by taping floral wire to the real flower stems. You can also use dried flowers to make flower topiaries. Just glue the buds or blossoms onto the foam with hot glue.

Step 6

Cover the foam ball with flowers by inserting the stems into the foam. Rest the underside of the blossoms against the foam so that the stems are not visible.

Step 7

Cover the top of the pot with Spanish moss to hide the floral foam.

Things You'll Need

  • 2-inch-diameter dowel
  • Hacksaw
  • Spray paint
  • 10-inch floral foam ball or Styrofoam ball
  • 8-inch-diameter clay pot
  • Floral foam
  • Silk flowers
  • Wire cutters
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Spanish moss


  • Making a Flower Topiary

Who Can Help

  • Topiary Lessons
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Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.