How to Make Topiary Centerpieces


Topiary centerpieces are designed around the ancient art form of cutting living plants into decorative shapes. When making topiaries to use as centerpieces, any assortment of objects such as berries, flowers and candies can be used. Consider the event you are decorating for, the color scheme and how many centerpieces you will need. Basic supplies and your imagination are all that's needed to create stunning centerpieces.

Step 1

Choose a clay flower pot to be the container for your topiary. The size will depend on the size of the foam ball you are going to use so that it is in balance. If you choose a 4 to 6-inch diameter foam ball, choose a 4 to 6-inch size clay pot. Spray paint the flower pot gold and let dry completely. If desired, you can sprinkle gold glitter over the wet paint to add shine.

Step 2

Insert three to four cinnamon sticks into the bottom of the foam ball. The cinnamon sticks should be approximately 8 to 10 inches long depending on the size of the ball and how high you want the topiary to stand. Use shorter cinnamon sticks for smaller balls and flower pots.

Step 3

Place floral clay into the painted flower pot. The clay is used to secure the topiary into the container, so be sure the clay is pushed down well into the pot.

Step 4

Holding the cinnamon sticks, spray paint the foam ball with red acrylic paint to cover completely. Insert the cinnamon sticks into the middle of the clay in the flower pot. Let the foam ball dry.

Step 5

Hot glue whole cranberries over the top half of the foam ball to start, then finish by covering the bottom half of the ball with cranberries. Be sure the cranberries are placed very close together over the entire ball. If desired you can use straight pins to attach the cranberries to the foam ball.

Step 6

Place some craft moss over the top of the clay in the flower pot; this conceals the clay. Cut a piece of ribbon approximately ten-inches in length and tie around the cinnamon sticks directly underneath the ball; tie ends into a bow.

Things You'll Need

  • Whole cranberries
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Foam ball
  • Clay flower pot
  • Floral clay
  • Acrylic spray paint
  • Hot glue
  • Ribbon
  • Craft moss


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Amy Madtson has been writing primarily childbirth-related articles for 15 years. Her experience includes teaching childbirth education and providing labor assistance since 1993, and her goal is to educate women about their options during the childbearing years. Madston's writings have appeared in both online sources and local area publications.