How to Make a Topiary Arrangement

Overview

Topiaries bring elegance into a home, whether on a table or on the fireplace mantle. You can use just about anything to make a nice arrangement for any season or holiday. You can even make a topiary using a variety of fruits. With a nice variety of colors and sizes and minimal items to purchase, you can have a timeless piece that only looks like it cost a fortune.

Step 1

Cut the top off the Styrofoam or floral cone using a knife, leaving a small flat surface.

Step 2

Insert one floral pick halfway into one fruit.

Step 3

Insert the other end of the floral pick into the cone, at the bottom. Repeat with the same fruit around the base of the cone, placing them side by side and as close together as you can. Do not worry about the spaces between the fruit at this point.

Step 4

Place another row of fruit above the first row using a smaller fruit.

Step 5

Place rows of fruit until you reach the top of the cone, securing a final fruit to the top.

Step 6

Fill the gaps between the fruits with berries, using toothpicks cut in half. You can also use evergreen leaves by hot gluing them to the foam, or hot glue nuts or other small seasonal decorations to fill the spaces between the fruit.

Step 7

Place the topiary on a cake pedestal or a decorative plate to display.

Things You'll Need

  • Styrofoam cone or floral foam cone, any size
  • Knife
  • Floral picks
  • Fruits (such as pears, plums, lemons, limes, oranges)
  • Blueberries or cranberries
  • Evergreen leaves (optional)
  • Nuts or small seasonal decorations (optional)
  • Toothpicks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Pedestal or plate

References

  • Memorable Wedding Ideas
  • Creative Home Style
Keywords: topiary, centerpiece, fruit, styrofoam, home decor

About this Author

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Karen has worked four years as a professional writer and editor, writing for the online source eHow with articles such as "How to Make Chocolate Chip Biscotti" and "How to Make Marshmallow Fondant," and editing scripts for A Work In Progress, an inspirational radio drama.