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Design Tips | How To Create Your Own Tree Topiary

A topiary is a classic style of sculptured green plant.  A topiary can be something very simple or very ornate.  You may have seen some about downtown Geneva as natural aspects of a yard. Not far from Janeen Home Decor we have spotted some jumping deer, and a Victorian couple out for a walk.  But what about a simple topiary for your sunroom or other space in your home? Janeen and I worked together to create a homemade topiary tree that you can create yourself!

The preparation is not hard to do if you have the correct materials and tools. You will need the following:

Finished Ficus Topiary Trees
Finished Ficus Topiary Trees

 

– Drywall patch. This is like plaster and can be found at any hardware store.

– Natural tree trunk. We used white birch from our supplier in Wisconsin. Any interesting tree branch will work.

–  An unbreakable plastic pot with the holes taped over, we used a florist paper mache container.

– Green Styrofoam. This can be bought at most craft stores, and can be bought in a form, or you may cut it into any shape you desire. We chose to use a sphere.

– Foliage. We used  curly silk ficus stems, but if you used plastic boxwood the trees could go outside.

-Hot glue gun or melted glue in electric frying pan.

-Dried sheet moss or Spanish moss.  We have all kinds of moss and dried materials.

 

 

 

 

 

– Mix the plaster or drywall patch with water in a bucket. Work quickly, it sets up fast. Fill the flower pot with the mixture.

-We set  a birch pole into the  plaster filled flower pot.  It is very important to make sure it sets up straight, or your tree will crooked.

 

 

Picking the branches in the pick machine.
Picking the branches in the pick machine.

-Janeen gathers 3 or 4 stems of the cut up foliage and picks them in the pick machine. She dips them in hot glue before inserting it in the foam base.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The finished clusters of stems that are ready to bo glued into the foam.
The finished clusters of stems that are ready to bo glued into the foam.

 

 

 

– If all of your picked leaf clusters are the same size it is easy to keep the round shape.

 

 

 

 

 

Inserting the picks into  the foam base, keeping the round shape as you go.
Inserting the picks into the foam base, keeping the round shape as you go.

-Point each spray toward the center of the foam, so they all radiate out to give the tree a realistic look.

-Keep a little dried sheet moss on hand to cover any foam that shows.

-Keep filling in until you have created a round ball of leaves.  It takes a lot of stems to create a lush topiary look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tree on the right is partially constructed.
The tree on the right is partially constructed.

The trees we made are 48″ and 60″ tall.

 

This is a fun project, the finished topiary tree dressed up in a decorative container can really make a dramatic statement.

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