How to Make a Topiary Tree for a Wedding


The ancient art form of shaping trees into rounded shapes can be replicated by using silk flowers and craft supplies. Topiary trees are becoming a popular choice among brides for decorating the wedding chapel or reception area, and by using silk flowers these topiary trees can be made in advance with no worrying of wilting. Use flowers that match the bridal party and choose containers that complement the wedding theme to create your own breathtaking arrangements.

Step 1

Choose a large clay pot, approximately 12 inches in diameter, but depending on the area you are decorating, the pot could be larger or smaller. If desired, spray paint the pot with an acrylic paint in a color to coordinate with the bridal colors. An urn-shaped pot is also attractive.

Step 2

Fill the container with floral foam clear to the rim. To hold the foam in place, add rocks all around the foam. If using a pot larger than 12 inches in diameter you may want to use floral clay to give more stability to the topiary tree.

Step 3

Wrap a 36- to 48-inch tall wooden dowel with green floral tape. Insert the dowel into the center of the foam or clay in the container, pushing down until it touches the bottom of the container. Add rocks all around the dowel in the container to help secure.

Step 4

Insert a 10- to 12-inch foam ball onto the top of the wooden dowel being sure not to push the dowel through the top of the ball. Cut the flowers so the stems are about 2 inches in length and starting at the top of the ball, cover with the flowers by pushing the stems into the ball until the flowers are sitting flush against the ball. Cover completely so the ball does show through. If desired, you can spray paint the foam ball to match the color of the flowers before adding the flowers.

Step 5

Place Spanish moss over the top of the container to hide the the foam and rocks. Cut a 12-inch piece of ribbon and tie around the dowel making a bow.

Things You'll Need

  • Large clay pot
  • Wooden dowel
  • Silk flowers
  • Foam ball
  • Floral tape
  • Floral foam
  • Silk ribbon
  • Spanish moss
  • Rocks


  • The Complete Book of Topiary; Gallup & Reich; 1988
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About this Author

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.