Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Boxwood Topiary Tutorial

I am still on a kick trying to create some fun and trendy greenery for my vignettes.  Topiaries are all the rage right now in all sizes and shapes, but the prices are a little much for my budget, especially since I want several things.  So as I showed you in this post, I made a trip to the Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby for greenery and pots.  I spent a total of $20 and change.  

I've already made these 6 pots.  Remember, you can take those bushes apart and make several different arrangements.  All the plants were 50% off

Then I made these 5 more, plus the lemon topiary that I made several weeks ago.  You can see these posts here and here

Ok, back to the topiary.  This is what I am going to use to create a faux boxwood look. The small styrofoam ball and the leaves off of this bush.

Use some spray glue and cover the ball with some moss, then start taking the leaves off of the stems of the plant, and start hot glueing them on the ball.

When you get the entire ball covered, find a few twigs from the yard, stick then into the bottom of the ball, and place it in a pot with some floral foam and moss, tie a rafia ribbon and done.

See that half of a bush plant at the top of the picture, it is going to be a fabulous potted plant.

Just use your wire cutters and cut the stems off.

Find a small vase, this is a votive candle holder, fill with foam and moss and stick the stems in.  Done.  Don't you just love it.

This one was a no brainer too.  The orb was 1/2 price too, just some ribbon around a pot and another small arrangement.

Ok, now I have a lot of different greenery pots that I can incorporate into my vignettes.  Fun to make and super cheap.
These first 6 and

now these three.
 All for my $20 and change.  I am loving it, plus I still have more greenery left.

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  1. Do love these! Great idea to make your own, they are so pretty!

  2. I need to make some of these! I have a naked topiary just waiting for something. Thanks for the inspiration Marty! Have a great day!

  3. I love all of your new little greenery pots, Marty. Inexpensive and realistic looking.

  4. Marty those look beautiful. You did such a great job. I have got to try this one!

  5. Morning Marty,
    what a great cost effective idea..........and they all look so cute. I have 2 small ones like that I boughtyears ago with ivy in them, and later I thought if I could just find some tiny bushes then I could make my own, which I did, and I use them all the time. Really liked your lil topiary too, cause I really enjoy those, but never saw a mini like that, so that was a great idea on how to make those. Now what kind of berries did you use on that one that you said was a no brainer???................lol
    Is it china berries by any chance or just some type of faux berries??

    Have fun using all those cuties.......

    Blessings, Nellie

  6. Nice arrangements, Marty! Love the topiary. I'd say you definitely got your monies worth out of all that greenery and the pots.

  7. Marty they all look great!! I love adding greenery to vignettes...your topiary looks fabulous!

  8. You did a GREAT job, Marty! Love them all. XO, Pinky

  9. Marty, your plants are lovely, wow! Thank you so much for the tutorial, as I have a couple of cute terracota small pots I can do this. Your topiary is great! Big hugs,

  10. Hi Marty,
    You did a *fabulous* job. I love all of them, but I think my favorite is the orb. I've been looking for something similar. Your pictures are gorgeous, too! Thanks for sharing! I need to catch up on all your posts. I've been out of the loop, so I need to go see what you've been up to.
    Have a wonderful day, friend! XOXO ~Liz

  11. You certainly got your $20 worth. What a sweet collection of greenery you have now. They would make darling hostess gifts when invited to dinner. My favorite is the lemon topiary. I may have to try that one.

  12. I have to try this out sometime Marty!!! You know I love boxwoods and this is perfect craft for me! Thank you!!!

  13. Great idea to separate the branches and make your own. They look great!

  14. Thanks for the tutorial Marty...I love topiaries of all shapes and sizes...your topiaries are just wonderful and you display them beautifully!!

  15. Each of your creations look great! I especially love the vignette with the greenery in the votive holder, the orb and the topiary... just beautiful.

  16. Each one is so cute and will give you so many different uses. I love the little green orb. :) xxoo

  17. Your little topiaries are so cute Marty!They are perfect for you creative vignettes.

  18. Wow! It looks as if you have been having fun. I love the succulents...they are the rage around here right now. You got so many for your $20, I'm very impressed!

  19. What a brilliant idea Marty, I just love the topiary :o)
    Rose H

  20. BRAVO!!!!

    Well done, Marty- you have inspired me, ma'am!!

    I love what you've done!

    Now you have so many you should host a giveaway for one, haha.

    : - D


  21. These are so charming, Marty...you can't go wrong at the Dollar store. We have a a lot of real boxwood so after we trim it soon, I'm going to try the real stuff. Thanks for all the ideas!


  22. I just love all the little potted plants and topiaries you have been making. I need to get some greenery and get busy! Such a great price too...they are so expensive in stores. Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  23. Marty you did good! All your creative greenery will look beautiful in your vignettes!

  24. Wow, Marty ... fabulous tutorials! You created beautiful topiaries and plants, and I look forward to seeing where you place them! Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. They turned out so cute! They will look great in all your wonderful vignettes!

  26. WOW Marty, they are great. You have created wonderful topiaries. Thanks so much for sharing your posts.
    Have a wonderful week.

  27. Wow Marty - these look great for $20!! Very, very impressive.


  28. You really know how to create some great topiaries....love them all. I can see some wonderful vignettes coming...

  29. I had NO idea the dollar store carried things like that! I have to go check. Those are so clever. AND you don't have to water them. I have so much to water now that these would be perfect indoors. I have tons of floral arrangements that I find at Estate Sales..that I could never afford..but these are not easily found and add so much to your vignettes. GREAT JOB, Marty! Do you ever go to any of the high school reunions? I never went back after my 25th. I know some travel to them..just wondered if you ever did.

  30. What great ideas! They turned out so cute.

  31. Using real twigs from your yard makes your topiary look so real! I love the twine bow and the casual checked ribbon around the orb pot. They are all very attractive! Thanks for sharing some great affordable ideas!

  32. Marty I love all your greenery and that orb in the pot with the gingham bow is adorable.


  33. Very cute! I am pinning this. I just ordered a bag of moss for another project and will have left overs. I have a bunch of pots and containers that need re-purposing too. This will look great! Thanks so much for sharing. ~Rebekah @ weliveinspired.com

  34. I would never guess these are "faux"! I love them all ;)
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

  35. You have the knack! What a lovely vignette they all make together, too.

  36. Marty,
    These new additions have such appeal in your lovely vignettes, dear friend!!!
    Thank you for sharing how economical and easy they are to make in our own homes!
    Have a fabulous weekend ahead!!!

  37. Boy you got a lot of bang for your buck with this project! My favorites are the boxwood style topiary and the round one with the round green berries. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!


  38. Beautifully done, Marty! Love the look of them grouped together, I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,