I have always found topiaries to be so elegant and classic. I have snagged a few at Home Goods in the past and I am always looking for ones that do not look too fake or “plasticky”.
My Instagram friend Ellen from @featherglass has these sweet topiaries all over her stunning home.
Here are a few pictures from her instagram account. Love. Her. Home.
She recently did a great blog post on how to make a faux topiary. You can find her post here.
I used her directions to make my own version.
How-to Make a Faux Topiary
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These are the supplies I rounded up either at home or at AC Moore. Don’t be jealous of the pink granite 😉
- glue gun
- green wire
- floral tape (I used brown)
- long skinny stick from the backyard
- garden shears- (to cut the stick to size)
- various faux greenery
- foam block
- glass flat marbles or small stones
- clay pot (totally your preference for size and color, etc)
- reindeer moss or similar (not pictured)
- scissors (not pictured)
The faux greenery pickings were slim there, so I would love a trip to Holly Lobby for some more options. I found a few that look good at Target that I may try for my next round-
I picked up a few of the billion sticks that are in my backyard to use and I found a few small pots in the garage.
The reindeer moss and the styrofoam were at the dollar store. The styrofoam was a square so I just cut off some of the side with a knife to fit into the pot.
I also used some flat marbles that I had in the basement from floral arrangements instead of rocks.
Steps for a Faux Topiary:
Once the styrofoam was fitted into the pot, I pushed the stick into it then put some hot glue around the top to hold it steady. Now you are ready to start arranging your greenery.
I cut a lot of the stems off because you only need the top green parts.
Then I used the green wire, hot glue and floral tape to arrange the stems around the stick.
Once you have it arranged as you prefer, you can fill the pot with your rocks (or marbles in my case) and then top that off with the reindeer moss or something similar. Done!
After I made it, I decided to pull off some of what looks like faux lambs ear from the bottom for a more cohesive look. I made a quick olive branch one too. It is amazing what you can get done when you are avoiding the grocery store and laundry.
Here they are! So simple and pretty! More to come!