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How to Make a Fake Topiary

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How to make a fake topiary that looks like a real one.

I wrote this fake topiary making post in my first few years of blogging.  I have UPDATED it with new photos so that you can see that the fake topiary I made can last for many years and can easily be restyled to never look dated.

I have also made my own paper flowers as well as enjoy styling fake flowers and faux plants.

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Here is one of the fake topiaries I made 9 years ago. That is one of the best things about using fake florals and greenery. If you take care of them, they will last forever. BUT – that doesn’t mean they haven’t be restyled over the years to stay up to date with home decorating trends.

How to make a fake topiary that looks real. Two DIY topiaries on sideboard with mirror behind them.

Here is a photo of the two topiaries after I made them back in 2011. This post will show you step-by-step how to make them yourself.

How to Make a Fake Topiary with Craft Store Artificial Plants

How to make fake topiary using artificial plants.

supplies needed:

  • Thin and Straight Tree Branch – I found mine by taking a walk in the woods
  • Foam/Oasis
  • Flower Pot
  • Fake Greenery- I found mine at Michaels
  • Hot Glue and Gun
  • Wire cutter
  • Scissors
  • Florist’s Wire

How to cut branch for making a fake topiary.

1. Cut tree branch to height desired. Mine is 20-inches. I also cut the buds off.

How-to-make-a-fake-topiary stand straight.

2. Put in foam or oasis block in a flower pot and cover with damp sheet moss.

How-to-make-a-topiary-with fake greenery.

3.  Cut each stem away from the bouquet with wire cutters.

How to cut fake greenery to shape into a topiary.

How-to-cut and shape fake plants into a globe shaped topiary.

4.  On each branch remove the top piece of greenery. It should come right off.


5.  Bend wire.  This will create a “stop” and keep the greenery from coming off the stem in the next step.


How-to-make-a-faux or fake topiary

6. Using your fingers – push all the branches on each stem up to the stop.

How-to-make-a-topiary using florals from the craft store

7. Pick one stem to be your main stem, then one by one wrap the other stems around the main one two times and cut the excess off.


8.  It will end up looking like this.

How to Assemble the Fake Topiary


1.  Using florist’s wire attach stem to branch. Use a dab of hot glue if needed.


2.  To hide the twisted wire and fill in the bottom a bit.


3.  Put a bit of hot glue on the end of the pulled off top pieces and stick them into the bottom center of the ball.


4. It will then look like this.


5.  Tie one or two more pieces of florist’s wire along the branch to secure the stem.



Optional:  I wanted to have the main stem go along the branch and down into the pot to resemble a living topiary, but the stems from my greenery were not long enough. To make it happen, I pieced it and secured it with some more florist’s wire.  The stem is what makes it look like the topiary is real and living.


6.  Shape the top into a rounder shape using scissors.

How to Make a Topiary With Artificial Greenery

Now I have updated, natural looking topiaries for my kitchen that don’t need watering and that even I can’t kill.

It would be nice if they could smell like fresh herbs, but they do look real.

How to make a fake topiary tree that looks real using items from the craft store

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  1. I don’t have a green thumb either. I don’t know what camp I am in about using fake flowers…but the topiaries turned out amazing!!
    I used to sell topiaries with mini dried rose buds in the 90’s…do you remember that look? Talk about dated! Anyway, this idea is lovely and I think I might have to give it a go.
    thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Hi Ashlyn-

      I remember them well. I made a bunch for table settings for my sister’s baby shower – with satin ribbon!! That seems like so long ago.

  2. Topiaries are never out of style with me but you’re right some of the older ones just looked like a green ball on a stick. Yours are so perfectly airy and fresh. You’ve given them a new and exciting life.

  3. Great idea! I love the springtime freshness and it looks much more modern in comparison to the old ivy topiaries that were so popular years ago.