Instead of displaying your garden fresh flowers in a typical, mundane bouquet, use them to create a topiary tree for a more contemporary look. Relatively simple and inexpensive compared to store-bought varieties, topiary trees can be put together in little time and with few supplies, creating a modern arrangement that can be used for decorating your home or a special event. For the freshest arrangement, use flowers picked the day you will make your topiary tree.
Fill a six-inch terracotta flowerpot with floral clay. Be sure to fill the pot clear to the top.
Use three foam egg shapes in varying sizes such as 3, 3 1/2 and 4 inches. Cut off the tip of each egg to form a flat surface. Soak the egg-shaped foam in water by filling a sink half full of water and placing a dish or other water-proof heavy object on top of the eggs to submerge; let them soak for at least five minutes. Set on a dish drainer to allow excess water to run off.
Starting with the largest egg-shaped foam, insert onto the wooden dowel so the foam is about 6 inches up from the bottom of the dowel. Insert the middle-sized egg shape next, pushing it down so it touches the first egg, and finish by inserting the smallest egg shape. There should not be any of the dowel showing at the top of the tree, so if necessary adjust the eggs so the top one covers the top edge of the dowel.
Insert an 18-inch wooden dowel about three inches into the center of the clay in the flower pot. Push the clay around the dowel to secure. A stick could also be used in place of the wooden dowel.
Cut flower stems to within two-inches long and insert the stems into the bottom egg-shaped foam first, completely covering it. Repeat this for the middle egg, finishing with the top egg. Cover the eggs completely with flowers.
Place craft moss over the top of the flower pot to cover the clay and glue some of the moss onto the exposed wooden dowel. Finish your topiary tree by gluing on silk leaves around the bottom of the largest egg.