Shrubs sculpted into a variety of shapes and forms can make a fun or elegant addition to your home. Plants dense in foliage work best, such as a boxwood or holly. It is best to cut your topiary once all danger of frost has passed. Always clean and oil your tools before storing. Following a few simple steps will give your shrubs an elegant spiraled look.
Cut your shrub into a cone shape using an electric hedge trimmer, if necessary. Keep it large on the bottom and tapered at the top. The best shrubs for this are tall with a single main stem.
Tie twine or ribbon to the top of the shrub and lightly wrap it around like a candy cane. Stand back and take a look at it to make sure it is evenly wrapped.
Cut into the tree using your pruning shears along the line of the twine or ribbon, pruning all the way down to the center of the shrub.
Remove the twine or ribbon and begin trimming and rounding off the edges of the spiral.
Trim at the beginning of each summer to maintain the look.