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.
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.
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.