DIY Fresh Boxwood Topiaries With Lemons

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This is an easy DIY Project tutorial to make Fresh Boxwood Topiaries or Boxwood and Lemon Topiaries.

Including the lemons is optional if you prefer a simple boxwood topiary.

You will find this inexpensive and easy tutorial helpful and it will spark your imagination for other topiary options as well.

DIY Boxwood TopiariesFor this project I’ve combined fresh boxwood and faux lemons to create an Italian table accent. Using fresh boxwood will limit the life of your topiaries, however I love the look of the real boxwood. It’s almost impossible to find a good faux boxwood in my opinion.

In addition, there are tips for keeping boxwood fresh longer and you can see how to keep any greenery looking fresh here.

If you prefer, you can use preserved boxwood but supplies are usually much more expensive. I’ve tried preserving boxwood without great success, however I may give it another try, just not today.

Supplies for Boxwood Lemon Topiaries

  • Cone Shaped Styrofoam (I used some that I had recycled from this previous fresh greenery topiary).
  • Preserved Moss
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Fresh Boxwood Stems – cut in a variety of lengths from 2 to 14 inches
  • Cordless Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Faux Lemons – You can use real lemons if desired
  • Floral U Pins

Prepare Cones

Begin by covering the styrofoam cones with preserved moss. Spray small sections of the cone with spray adhesive and press the moss onto the cone to adhere. Continue until the cone is completely covered with moss.

This will assure that your topiary looks full and lush. Without the moss, you will have difficulty covering the styrofoam and makes working with the boxwood difficult.

Assemble Boxwood Topiaries

The boxwood stems should be basically straight stems. You don’t want stems branching off from the main stem because they will not lay close together.

Begin at the bottom of your cone and attach several longer stems running upward on the the cone. Using the U pins, you can attach 4-6 stems with each pin.

You will need to add some short stems intermingled with the longer stems because the cone narrows as you go up.

Continue around the base of the cone until the area is filled.

Continue around the base of the cone until the area is filled.

Next, you will want to fill the upper area of the cone using a mix of shorter stems.

At this time, you will want to attach the tops of longer stems with the U pins as you add the shorter stems. This will assure that all the stems hug the cone.

Finally, at the top of the cone, you will add a few short stems and you can trim away any wild stems that are sticking out using scissors or pruning shears.

You can add additional stems using hot glue to cover any exposed U pins and to fill any areas that need additional coverage.

Continue to fill in with small pieces of boxwood until you have a desirable cone shape.

Lemon Topiaries

As an option, you can add lemons to your boxwood topiaries. They can be intermingled with the boxwood or added to the bottom of the topiaries as I’m showing here.

Instead of placing the topiary directly inside a container, for this technique, you need a rim for the lemons to be attached.

For this project, I am using small white saucers which I will add to vintage milk glass vases for height.

For this same technique, you can use a plastic or heavy duty paper plate and set the plate on any item that works with your decor.

They will stick to the boxwood but they don’t adhere securely and you risk the weight of the lemons pulling away leaves from the boxwood.

A slight rim, such as the one on these plates, allows the lemons to have a resting spot and your topiary will be sturdy.

Note: Real Lemons will not adhere to the topiaries as easily as faux lemons. They may require floral picks to secure.

Attach Faux Lemons

To begin attaching lemons, center the topiary on your container or plate. Add a small amount of hot glue to the lemons allowing them to attach to both the greenery and the plate.

Continue around the base of your topiary until it is filled with lemons.

Next, using hot glue add sprigs of the boxwood to fill holes around the lemons.

Continue around the base of your topiary until it is filled with lemons.

Next, using hot glue add sprigs of the boxwood to fill holes around the lemons.I love topiaries that look natural and I’ve made several versions.

The Boxwood Topiaries are combined with a grapevine topiary and you can see the tutorial here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.

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  • Mic15470399 Mic15470399 on Mar 23, 2022

    These are beautiful!! Does the boxwood just dry naturally?

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