How to Make a Floral Topiary


Make a floral topiary as a centerpiece for your dining table or as a designer element for your next event. Topiary forms are easy to construct. Dried, fresh or silk flowers will all work to make a floral topiary for much less money than it would cost to purchase one. Consider creating a small floral topiary with fresh rosebuds or make a statement with a large, three-tiered topiary covered with tulips, roses or hydrangeas.

Step 1

Cut two sections of dowel: one 15 inches and one 6 inches. Part of the dowels will be inserted into the floral foam balls. Make your topiary stand shorter or taller by adjusting the length of the dowels.

Step 2

Spray paint the floral foam balls, dowels and planter to coordinate with the colors in the flowers and with your table setting or room's decor. Let the paint dry.

Step 3

Insert a block of floral foam into the planter. Insert the 6-inch dowel halfway into the center of a floral foam ball. Insert the other end of the dowel into the center of the floral foam. Press the foam ball down until it meets the top of the planter.

Step 4

Insert one of the 15-inch dowels four inches into the center of the floral foam ball on top of the planter. Center another floral foam ball on top of the dowel and press down until the dowel is four inches inside the ball. Repeat this step with the remaining dowel and ball.

Step 5

Cut the flower stems two inches beneath the blossoms. If you are using fresh or dried flowers, you'll need to attach a 5-inch length of floral wire to the stems so they will be easier to insert into the floral foam balls. Attach the wire to the stems with floral tape. The stems on silk flowers are firm enough to insert into the foam. Alternatively, attach dried flowers to the foam ball with a glue gun on low heat.

Step 6

Insert the flower stems into the floral foam balls until the balls are covered. Rest the bottom of the blossoms against the floral foam.

Step 7

Tie a coordinating ribbon around the planter and attach it with hot glue.

Things You'll Need

  • 2-inch diameter dowel
  • Measuring tape
  • Hacksaw
  • Spray paint
  • 3 10-inch floral foam balls
  • 12-inch diameter planter
  • Floral foam
  • Flowers
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Floral tape
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Ribbon


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Who Can Help

  • Topiary Lessons
Keywords: floral topiary, floral foam ball, dried flowers

About this Author

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.