How to Make Wedding Topiary Trees

Overview

Two flower topiaries standing on either side of an altar focus attention on the bridal couple. Shorter topiaries that stand only 3 feet high serve as beautiful centerpieces at a reception--because the flowers are at the top of the arrangement, the view across the table isn't blocked. To create your own topiary, choose the freshest flowers possible with strong stems. Roses work especially well in wedding topiaries.

Step 1

Select the topiary base and pot. The ball at the top of the topiary should be half the size of the desired finished size.

Step 2

Prepare the ball for the flowers. Don't remove the foam ball at the top of the topiary--instead, turn the base upside down and submerge the ball in a bucket of water for at least 30 minutes. Remove, and let excess water drain by laying the base on its side. Turn the base right side up.

Step 3

Cut an inch off the stems of the flowers, and place them in ice water while the foam ball is soaking and draining.

Step 4

Cover the ball with sphagnum moss. Attach the moss at the top and bottom of the ball with craft U pins. Very little of the ball should show through the moss.

Step 5

Cut the stems of all the flowers to 2 inches in length. Put them back in the ice water until each is needed.

Step 6

Work with the largest flowers first, spacing them evenly around the ball. Push the stems all the way into the foam. Fill in gaps with the medium-size flowers, using the same method. Any remaining spaces should be filled with the small flower heads. Completely cover the ball with flowers, with the exception of a 2- to 4-inch circle at the bottom of the ball.

Step 7

Attach wire-edged ribbon bows to the flower ball in the empty circle with pearl stickpins. Three bows should fill in the gap completely. Let the tails of the bow curl gracefully around the trunk.

Step 8

Paint a thin layer of white glue on the top of the base inside the pot. While the glue is still wet, press into it sphagnum moss, glass beads, iridescent curling ribbon or curling ribbon in the wedding colors to hide the top.

Step 9

Wrap the pot base with tulle, foil or tissue paper in the wedding colors or white.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't rearrange the flower stems. The more holes poked into the foam base, the easier it is for the flowers to fall out. Unless you have a refrigerator available to store the finished topiaries, assemble them no more than 24 hours in advance of the wedding.

Things You'll Need

  • Topiary base and pot
  • Bucket
  • Fresh flowers in assorted sizes
  • Clippers
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Craft U pins
  • Wire-edged ribbon
  • Pearl stickpins
  • Small paintbrush
  • White glue
  • Tulle, foil or tissue paper

References

  • "Jane Packer's Guide to Flower Arranging: Easy Techniques for Fabulous Flower Arranging"; Jane Packer, Paul Massey and Jo Barnes; 2008

Who Can Help

  • Floral Craft Resource: Floral Arranging Ideas
  • The Topiary: Weddings
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Dee Power holds an MBA. She is the co-author of "Attracting Capital from Angels," "Inside Secrets to Venture Capital," "The Making of a Bestseller," the novel "Over Time," and several screenplays. She contributes to several Web sites and is a regular columnist for favstocks.com