How to Make a Fresh Flower Topiary


Fresh flowers are always a welcome addition to any centerpiece, but instead of the usual floral bouquet, try your hand at making a topiary out of flowers fresh from the garden. Although creating topiaries is an ancient art form characterized by trimming plants into decorative shapes, craft topiaries are gaining popularity. Using fresh-cut flowers and floral foam in various shapes lets you create centerpieces that add character to any table setting.

Step 1

Decide on the size of flower pot that you wish to use. A 4- to 6-inch diameter works well, but you can also use a larger pot. The size of the flower pot should be in proportion to the size of floral foam you wish to use. Fill the pot with floral clay clear to the rim.

Step 2

Soak the floral heart-shaped foam for about five minutes, then set aside the foam to allow excess water to drain off. Insert a stick into the center of the bottom of the foam shape; insert the stick in about 1 to 2 inches and be sure it does not push through the foam. Choose a stick that is straight and approximately 8 to 10 inches in length.

Step 3

Insert the stick into the center of the clay in the flower pot. Push the stick down far enough that it is well secured. If necessary push some of the clay around the base of the stick to hold.

Step 4

Cut the flowers right before using so they stay fresh longer. Cut the stems to about 1 to 1 1/2 inches long. Insert the flowers into the foam shape, covering the foam completely.

Step 5

Add moss over the clay in the flower pot to cover completely. If desired, tie a ribbon around the stick under the foam shape and tie into a bow.

Things You'll Need

  • Flowers
  • Heart shaped floral foam
  • Stick
  • Ceramic flower pot
  • Floral clay
  • Moss


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Keywords: floral topiary, fresh flower, craft topiary

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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.