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