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.


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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. Try making some homemade potpourri, with your favorite herbs, put it in a old spray bottle and give it a spritz from time to time.

  2. I so want to make this, but I’ve checked Michaels, JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby in my area, for the right kind of greenery and what they sell now are plastic stems that do not have the wire center. Has anyone had luck finding similar greenery online?

  3. Hey Diane, thanks for linking to your faux topiary in your kitchen makeover post (which is stunning, by the way!) I love faux and really fancy a topiary, so this tutorial is brill! Thank you! Sue x

  4. Great post!! I am pinning this, and also making this today!!! Now I can throw away the decorator catalogs I have been saving for when I was ready to “bite the bullet” and pay for one of these!

  5. Love this!!! and About missing the scent…… Around Christmas Bath n Body works sells some greenery air fresher sprays that smell very good. I purchased one that was an winter pine and I used it near my faux Christmas tree. But a lot of bushes now days have that pine scent.

  6. Best part is you save a lot and don’t have to trim them anymore :) Thanks for sharing!

  7. I prefer to call them “faux” flowers and not “fake”. I worked for several years in the “faux” flower industry. I worked for a company called Distinctive Designs, Inc. They have won many awards for their work. Another company, also in Alabama, known as NDI, Natural Decorations Inc. is accomplished in the design field as well. They too have won many awards. Check out either website. Especially, You will be pleasantly surprised at how beautiful and realistic the “fake” flowers are. While you are there, go ahead and be amazed at the other things from nature that they bring to life. I will be the first to admit their florals (stems or arranged) are not cheap. Far, far from it. But I guess what I’m saying is: there are choices out there other than the real thing. And the “fake” flower business is alive and well. Another suggestion along with Michaels is Hobby Lobby. I find better prices and more realistic look there. Also they have 1/2 price about every other week. Happy planting………..!

  8. I found your tutorial by googling “artificial topiary” – or something like that – after I had dejectedly decided that an outdoor box topiary would be out of our price range. We’re thinking of prepping to sell. Our front door needs *something* to make it look nice, and I’ve always wanted to put a plant nearby.

    Your blog is so inspiring & encouraging!

  9. I love that. It looks like you used fake asparagus fern, which is one of my favs. I have earmarked a page in Ballard’s catalog with very similar topiaries-thanks for showing me how to save some money!

  10. They really do look real! Wish I would have seen them a couple weeks earlier. I was searching for some “real” looking ones, couldn’t find what I wanted, ended up making 2 from coffee filters, I like them, but I like yours better, oh well maybe after Chirstmas I’ll change them. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. i absolutely love this… i just have to find the supplies in canberra where craft suppliers are few and far between……. but i will have one damn it!!!!
    thanks for the great tutorial.
    cheryl xox.

    1. Hi Megan-

      Here is a wish of Good Luck – although I don’t think you will need it as the topiary is not hard to make.

    1. Hi Bettsi-
      Thanks so much. I wish I did have a green thumb, but making this is the second best way to at least look like I do.

  12. Diane, this is fantastic! I think I even remember seeing these stems last time I was at Michael’s. You did a wonderful job enhancing these and they really do look real. I’m not opposed to faux either as long as they are good looking- thanks so much for sharing this at Transformations and Treasures!

  13. This is inspiring. I have a black thumb and while I love the look of plants in my home…I kill them within days. This are gorgeous and I just may try some to add a little green love in my house!

  14. That looks sensational! It’s good to see that people aren’t scared of using “fake” foliage because sometimes we just can’t access or afford fresh flowers every week! Great post.

    Best wishes,

  15. just darling! you’d never know that was fake! thank you for the visit! i know exactly what you mean about the Lithua?what? I cracked that’s happened to me my whole life. My friend’s father went there and he said the countryside is just beautiful!! enjoy the weekend! susan

  16. The topiary is so cute! Thanks so much for the tutorial. I definitely want to try this.

    Have a great day.

  17. Now that’s thinking outside the box. Wow!!! They turned out great.


  18. I use the faux flowers and greenery as well, but find that only the expensive stuff really looks good.

    A good trick I use, both in my home and when staging houses, is to use fakes that would actually be in season . I then just put them away and change them out as the seasons change.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.