How to make a fake topiary that looks like a real one.
I wrote this 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.
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.
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.
This is not the color of my thumb.
I don’t have the natural ability to make plants thrive under my care and I gave up trying a long time ago. I love plants and flowers and don’t mind using fake ones as long as they look natural.
Some are not fans of fake flowers – only because I think they envision the words “fake flowers” with the dried flower arrangements from the past.
Time and technology have changed that as beautiful blooms can be purchased at HomeGoods, Hobby Lobby, as well as retailers like Target and Pottery Barn.
Pottery Barn – the epitome of what is popular in decorating says it is A-OK to use FAKE – they even have a special sign displayed in their fake garden section in the store to remind you of the fact.
Seeing this just re-enforces my choice to use” fake” in my home. I still love real flowers and buy them from time to time to add a seasonal color pop to brighten my day.
Years ago I made a fake topiary for my kitchen using fake ivy. I made two. Last summer I tossed them as they looked dated to me – too perfect, stiff, stuffy, dark green, tired, and yes – dusty.
I like the look of lighter, fresher looking topiaries. Topiary that have very thin, tall stems with wispy tops. They look natural – light and airy – alive not staid and stuffy.
I got an idea after seeing my cat, ripping apart some fake greenery I had placed on the floor. You should see what he does to anything real – another reason I don’t have living plants around.
My cat is always trying to help me – usually by getting in my way, but he actually helped me figure out a way I could make an updated fake, but natural looking topiary using the greenery from the flower pot on the floor.
I like this greenery as it is soft and wispy, plus it’s not perfect looking. Some of the branches have a yellow cast which makes it look real.
How to Make a Fake Topiary with Craft Store Artificial Plants
- Thin and Straight Tree Branch – I found mine by taking a walk in the woods
- Flower Pot
- Fake Greenery- I found mine at Michaels
- Hot Glue and Gun
- Wire cutter
- Florist’s Wire
1. Cut tree branch to height desired. Mine is 20-inches. I also cut the buds off.
2. Put in foam or oasis block in a flower pot and cover with damp sheet moss.
3. Cut each stem away from the bouquet with wire cutters.
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.
6. Using your fingers – push all the branches on each stem up to the stop.
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.
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.
Now I have to make sure my cat doesn’t like them as much as I do.