Craft topiaries can be used as centerpieces for weddings, decorations for various holidays or to spruce up any home decor. The art form of topiary involves shaping living plants into various decorative shapes for the landscape, but for a lasting creation, use craft supplies such as foam and silk flowers. To create your own topiary craft, learn a few basic steps and then let your imagination lead you to design an original piece of art.
Choose a foam ball or cone as the base for your topiary. If using real flowers you will want floral foam which can be soaked first before inserting the flowers into it prolonging the life of your topiary. The size of the ball or cone you choose is dependent upon what you will be using the topiary for. If decorating dinner tables do not use anything too tall that will inhibit the guests from interacting with one another. Or, on the other hand, if you are decorating the entrance to your home or a reception hall, you will want something large enough to be in proportion to the area.
Pick out a clay flower pot to hold the topiary in. The pot should be in proportion to the size of the foam ball or cone. For instance, if you are using a four-inch foam ball you will want to use a four to six-inch diameter pot. Other containers can also be used, such as an urn-shaped container, an old tin, a teapot or a cup. Whatever container you choose, you will need to put floral clay inside of it to hold the topiary. Be sure the clay fits snugly inside the container so the topiary is well secured. Floral foam can be used in place of the clay for smaller arrangements.
Next pick out a stick to hold the foam ball or cone into the pot. If using a small cone you can simply use double sided tape to attach the cone to its container. You can also use a wooden dowel or large cinnamon sticks in place of the stick. The length will be determined by the size of the ball or cone and how tall you wish your topiary to be. Most commonly used is a 10- to 12-inch length stick or dowel for a 4- to 6-inch ball. Insert the stick into the clay in the container you have chosen and then center the ball or cone over the stick and gently push put it onto the stick.
Use any type of flower and/or greenery for your topiary. The flowers can be silk, dried or real and should match the color of the event or home you are decorating for. Real flowers will not last as long; so; if making it for a reception or party, do not put together your topiary more than 24 hours ahead of time and store in a refrigerator until ready to display.
Cut the stems of silk or real flowers to approximately 2 inches below the base of the flower and for dried flowers cut the stems clear back to just below the flower. Insert the silk or real flowers into the foam ball or cone covering completely and for dried flowers you can hot glue them over the entire surface. Dried flowers will be more fragile and the stems can break if you try to push them into the foam, so it is best to glue dried flowers on.
Finally, you can add greenery around the flowers on the ball or cone if desired and place craft moss over the top of the container to conceal the clay. Tie a ribbon around the stick underneath the ball and tie into a bow. If using a cone you can leave the bottom 1/2 inch free of flowers and tie a ribbon around it.