stacked topiary – tutorial

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Do you remember the design board I won from Kristy at Hyphen Interiors that I posted about here?
For the mantel, she suggested a sunburst mirror and flanking it with topiaries.
Sunburst – check.
Topiaries – dragging my buns…
until a couple of days ago.
I was pretty happy with how the first one turned out so I decided I’d do a tutorial for you guys while putting together the second.
  • styrofoam spheres, one small and one medium
  • straight branch
  • sheet moss
  • oasis floral foam
  • small pot
  • hot glue gun and glue

STEP ONE:  Push the branch all the way through the larger styrofoam sphere, and push the tip of the branch halfway through the smaller sphere.  Sort of like a shish kabob ๐Ÿ˜€  Once the spheres are placed to your liking, use your hot glue gun to run a bead of hot glue around where the sphere and branch meet to keep them from sliding.

STEP TWO:  Attach moss to spheres with hot glue.   

STEP THREE:  Place oasis foam in the bottom of the pot and stick in your topiary. 

STEP FOUR:  Hot glue moss to the top of the oasis.

Bada bing, bada boom, you’re done ๐Ÿ˜€
I’ll be linking up to these fab parties!


  1. Hyphen Interiors Avatar

    Yay, a tutorial! Fab!

  2. cheryl Avatar

    these look fantastic!! great tutorial – thank you.
    cheryl xox.

  3. Alice @ Farewell, Office. Avatar

    Very cute! I will be making them for my mantle, too.

  4. Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} Avatar

    This is totally brilliant…topiaries always look so great, but the price always makes me shy away…problem solved! Looks like I'll be heading to Hobby Lobby today, weekend project, here I come! (c:

  5. Claire Avatar

    Your double topiaries look amazing-I heart all topes!! I'm your newest follower!!

  6. Maggie Avatar

    today I took a bunch of stuff to the church rummage sale, then i saw a bunch of ties for $.10cents. guess what I'm going to make? your tshirt tut

    You are featured at
    Thank you for joining us every Wednesday ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Life-n-Reflection Avatar

    your good, I tried to make those once and made a huge mess with uneven balls. Yours look great!

  8. Joni Avatar

    Love the mirror and the topiaries!! So easy and cute! Saw you on TT&J!

  9. Woodooz Avatar

    Wonderful tutorial… and they look awesome beside the mirror !

  10. Laura Ingalls Gunn Avatar

    What an adorable DIY project! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Happy Monday!

  11. Jess@Balancing The Dream Avatar

    wow!! great tutorial!! i've been wanting to make topiary's but wasn't exactly sure how to execute it!! Thanks for this great step by step guide!!

  12. amber wallace Avatar

    Totally needed this! Thanks!

  13. designchic Avatar

    These look amazing and just right for your mantle!! Thanks for the tutorial ~

  14. Lauren Avatar

    These are great! Thanks for the tutorial!

  15. Reannah @ {Shaped by Grace} Avatar

    Thank you so much for the sweet comment on my blog!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Wow!! Great job on these topiaries! Your directions make it look so easy! Thanks for sharing! xo, Reannah

  16. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime Avatar

    I'm so honored that you chose to join the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Thank you for adding this special masterpiece to rock my party ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Landeelu Avatar

    Wow! I love these topiaries! And, that MIRROR is to die for! It's my favorite sunburst mirror I have seen…. really! Can I feature your topiaries and mirror on my blog? I'll link back, of course! I really can't say enough….brilliant!

  18. sarah Avatar

    cute idea……maybe paint the pots for a bit of pop??

  19. The Miller's @ Prezidential Life Avatar

    Turned out great!!! Thanks for sharing

  20. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage Avatar

    Love this~ I am a big time topiary lover!!! Sharing this at the party tonight~ thanks for sharing at FNF ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. {nifty thrifty things} Avatar

    Very cute! Love it!
    Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!! I would love it if you joined me again tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Katie Avatar

    I adore these homemade topiaries! Thank you for sharing your project on Sew Woodsy last week. JAs you already know I featured your project today! Hope you'll join us again tomorrow!

  23. Patricia Torres Avatar

    Oh fab.. this is an amazing tutorial…

  24. Daily Craft Avatar

    Great project! I just wanted to let you know that we featured this project on our Facebook page with over 19,000 fans. Weโ€™d love it if youโ€™d use our Featured Blogger button, available at: Our audience loved the project and we look forward to sharing more from you. Please let us know if you have any questions or projects youโ€™d love us to feature! Thanks!

  25. Hope Avatar

    This looks so simple!!! I want to make bigger topes for inside my double front doors. Do you think this could be done with the same instructions?? What size balls though??? Thanks.

    1. Shelley {Crazy Wonderful} Avatar

      I made larger ones for outside the front door using the same technique but using large grapevine spheres. It's MUCH more cost effective than buying huge styrofoam balls! Hope this helps!

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