Christmas Ornament Topiary- Tutorial

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DIY Christmas Ornament Topiary Tutorial Today I am sharing a wonderful, budget friendly DIY project that you can complete and you can display it right on the day after Thanksgiving {of course}...that's when the tree would go up in my house when I was growing up. This is my thrifty DIY approach to those beautiful, although sometimes expensive, Christmas Ornament Topiaries. You can use it indoors by the fireplace or tree....or outside to give the final touch to your amazing Christmas porch decor. If you cannot make them this year, pin it on Pinterest....hit up the clearance Christmas Sales {like we did} and make them for next year ;) Source list at end of this post.

DIY Christmas Ornament Topiary- Tutorial

Easy Tutorial, Budget Friendly, Cheap + Affordable.

Supplies: Urn or Plant Pot

- Baskets Wooden Dowel at least 1/2inch thick

Styrofoam {for Urn} Pot Insert Glass pebbles/marbles vase filler {base weight}

Ornaments Shatter Resistant

- various sizes

full list on my blog site....

Here are some closer images so you can enjoy the glitz and glitter!

I don't know if you can see it clearly, but the bottom ornament is painted white with iridescent white opal glitter, it didn't communicate well through the photo...maybe try silver or stripes again for yours.


Step 1:Selection of the shapes, scale, and sizes you want your specific topiary to be. Spray pain urn pot if you need to, and you cannot find the color you want. After you've selected a base that is sturdy, definitely will not tip over, and if your decor is weather proof {if needed.} I chose a ceramic base that can be used indoor or outdoor. Prepare your 'base' you are using by placing glass vase filler to weigh it down and stabilize your wooden dowel ad your vase/potstyrofoam insert into base. This step can also be done after you've let your styrofoam floral balls dry if you are using those in topiary.

Here I am planning what design pattern I want before painting and gluing.

Step 2:If you do not have styrofoam floral balls move on to next step. Take wooden dowels and poke it through your styrofoam balls before painting. I did this to speed process up and it could be drying as I moved on to next ornament steps. This way you are handling all the 'balls' without the glitter and paint on them and will save you time/mess touching them up later as well. Lay out some newspaper and paint the Styrofoam balls {if you have any} one side at a time, sprinkle glitter on the wet paint and let dry, paint the next part once paint it dry. Set aside. If you do not have styrofoam floral balls move on to next step.

For my ornament pattern I needed to paint to Styrofoam balls, I couldn't find ornaments large enough so I had to DIY them!

The red paint and glitter looked like this after drying... :)

Step 3:Take off the top 'hook loops' of each shatter proof ornament and either melt a hole open with your hot glue gun with plastic ornaments/ or drill a hole for the wooden dowel to go through directly across from the other opening.

Here {above right} is the mini ornaments I found, my glitter, and the paint I used...

Remove hook loop attachment and either 'melt' an opening with your hot glue gun big enough or drill hole opposite of each opening.

Step 4: Stack by size ornaments by inserting wooden dowel / guide ornaments through the drilled/melted open holes you made.

Step 5:Add something like Glass pebbles/marbles to container to weigh it down so it will not tip over. Use the Styrofoam pot Insert in urn/base to connect and install wooden dowel.

Step 6: Glue your largest ornament to the base of the urn/ container with hot glue or E600 glue. Make sure it's level and straight. Then I installed my ornaments 'upside down' to add extra stabilization to them. The ornaments will then be connected to each other all the way to the top and will withstand wind/cold if any glue comes loose later on.

Step 7:Add glue in between each ornament connection so they are secure. Attach

the mini ornaments to cover the connections or leave open if it looks


The sequin iridescent ornaments are my favorite!

I don't know why the white ornament's iridescent glitter and paint aren't translating to the images. In person you can really see:( ...tear.

I ended up not adding tiny ornaments to the last 2 top rows because it didn't look right and since the connections between the ornaments were seamless enough I just left it open. I really love how it came out, and once I curated all my materials it actually came together really quickly!

DIY Christmas Ornament Topiary

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If you have questions, comment below. Inbox or tag me if you've made one and would like to share it!

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~Be Sweet


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  • Fran Fran on Dec 05, 2022

    I love this idea and besides doing this project it also inspired me to possibly make resin ornaments to build something similar. Maybe I missed it but how did you make a hole in the glass ornament without breaking it?

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  • She90596608 She90596608 on Sep 30, 2023

    I think there beautiful, I'm definitely going to try this.

  • Katen Katen on Nov 10, 2023

    Made mine couple years ago. I found on line and locally different shapes and sizes. (Largest is 12”) and smaller. The one thing my instructions said melt holes with top of glue gun. Yes worked but slow and glue gun gave up in middle. I used drill, slowly. Cut time to nothing and cleaner hole. Snowman was three white glitter ornaments 15, 12 and 10” with tree topper top hat. Never put carrot or coal on and maybe this is the year. I really like the trim between. Thanks for idea