Tuesday, July 9, 2013

DIY Boxwood Topiary


I love boxwood topiaries. Dried, fresh, plastic, you name it, I love the look. I like the organic element it brings indoors while looking polished. I decided I needed to make my own.

I could have sworn I had step-by-step photos saved on my computer, but as I went to write this post, I discovered said photos are no where to be found. I looked at other tutorials and the one by Miss Mustard Seed was very similar to my process. The only difference was I painted my Styrofoam green instead of covering them with moss.

Here's how mine turned out.



This wasn't one of my cheapest projects but DEFINITELY cheaper than buying one! Aside from the boxwood greenery and the Styrofoam balls, everything else I had on-hand. I probably spent around $90 total. This bad boy is almost 5 ft tall! Looking online, I found similar topiaries in the $250- 400 range.

If you would like to make your own, here's what you'll need.

3 - 8" Styrofoam balls
9 - Bunches of faux Boxwood from Hobby Lobby
8 - Hot Glue sticks
3 - Large, dried sticks from tree trimming (you could use wood dowels instead)
1 - Vase, pot, or urn

*depending on your vessel, you may also need additional Styrofoam and/or expanding foam for a snug fit.

And here is where it ended up. Right next to the $18 DIY Window Mirror and my Ballard Design Inspired Pear

What do you think? Organic and polished? Yeah, I think so.




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16 comments:

  1. Oooooh I want one!! I also love any kind of topiary, but I have just scoured garage sales and consignment shops for them in the past. I may be trying this method pronto. And I like the whole "paint it green" method better anyways because it's one less thing I have to buy ;) Thanks for being awesome, and adding to my "to do" list :)

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  2. Oh I love this. So cute in your house too. I will have to make one for me. :)

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  3. oh I love this. I think it is so cute in your house too. I will have to make one for me.

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  4. Great job!! I should make one, I could use some green in my house! It looks so pretty!

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  5. I love boxwood topiary's too - and need 2 of these to flank my front door - will have to read through how to do it. Found you via It's So Very Cheri party - hope you will stop by and visit me too!
    Chris {aka Freckle Face Girl}
    http://www.frecklefaceathome.blogspot.com/

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  6. I love this, so beautiful and I love your container also. I've made a couple tiny ones of these and they really are time consuming. You did an amazing job. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  7. This is so cute! I need to start making some topiary's or something for my house--it's hard to have real plants because we have cats :-\ I miss the feeling they give a home!

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  8. I love your topiary. I will be featuring this tonight at my Sizzle into Summer party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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  9. This is awesome! Thank you for sharing at DIY Sunday Showcase!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Join me each Tuesday for Brag About It Link Up Party

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  10. Impressive! Thank you so much for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  11. I have to make one, so creative! Would love for you to share at Simple & Sweet Fridays. New Follower!


    Jody

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  12. It's gorgeous! I'd love to make one of these. Thanks so much for showing us how!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  13. I love it! I have seen some boxwood topiaries this size outdoors but not faux ones inside...this really looks expensive and awesome!! Great job! Thanks for linking up to our "Inspire Me Please" blog party...I'm featuring you this week!
    xo, Jennifer @Blissfully Ever After

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  14. How do you put the hole through the styrofoam? Also, would these be okay outside? Thanks for the help.

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