How to Make Rabbit Topiaries


Topiary is an ancient art of pruning evergreen trees or shrubs into different shapes to create an accent piece both indoors and outdoors. Besides different shapes, the most common types of animal topiaries include rabbits, turtles, peacocks and chickens. Making topiary is not as easy as it seems -- you need a steady hand and a lot of patience to form the shape you want. Purchase a rabbit topiary frame and display it in your entrance to enjoy the compliments that follow.

Step 1

Purchase an appropriately sized rabbit topiary frame from a garden supply center, or make one yourself. If making the frame yourself, wear gloves to prevent any cuts from sharp wire. Take a length of chicken wire and roll it into a 10-inch diameter tube. Bring both the ends together and join them with wire.

Step 2

Cut the tube into two pieces, one large and the other small, that will serve as the head and the body of the topiary.

Step 3

Make four 5-inch-long cuts at one end of the head and body using wire cutters. Wire the cut ends of the head together, shaping the face with your hands. Remember to create a nose. Join the head and body with wire.

Step 4

Roll another piece of netting into a 4-inch diameter tube. Join the ends together with wire, and cut it into two equal pieces. Shape each piece with your hands to resemble rabbit's ears, place the open end on the head and join with wire.

Step 5

Roll two 5-inch-long, 4-inch-diameter tubes and cut them both in the center. Join each open end to the body of the rabbit to serve as the rabbit's legs. Roll another 5-inch-long, 4-inch-diameter tube and join its open end to the back of the body for the tail.

Step 6

Fill the container with good-quality potting soil and place the frame in it. Fill the frame with moist sphagnum moss. Tie fishing line to the frame and wind it around the entire surface so it holds the moss in place. Trim any moss that sticks out with scissors.

Step 7

Make a hole through the moss with a stick that extends down to the soil, and quickly plant a fast-growing creeper such as ivy into it. Repeat the procedure, making several holes until you cover the surface of the moss. Pin growing tendrils of ivy to the frame to encourage them to grow up the form and fill the topiary.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • 10 feet of chicken wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Galvanized wire
  • 15-inch container
  • Good-quality potting soil
  • Trowel
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Fishing line
  • Stick
  • Fast-growing creeper
  • Hair pins


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  • Topiary
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