How To Make a Faux Topiary - The Antiqued Journey
How To Make a Faux Topiary
April 9, 2021
in DIY Projects
This tutorial on how to make a faux topiary is super simple and will add a beautiful texture to any room in your home!
With a few materials and some creativity, this just might be your favorite DIY yet. It truly does look like a living plant when you finish it. Follow along and be inspired!
- potting soil
- 3 medium size branches
- a medium size pot (the one I used is 6 inches)
- Floral Wire (Panacea Products 24 Gauge Green Paddle Wire 1/4 lbs)
Creating Your Topiary
Step 1: Fill your pot.
Using an old towel or sheet as a work surface cover, if needed, start filling your pot with potting soil. Fill it about half way to start.
Step 2: Tie the branches together.
I went for a walk and gathered medium size branches, similar in length, that had fallen off of trees. You can break off the tops or bottoms of branches to make them a little more even, if needed. Insert a branch into the soil and see how it looks and trim the branches accordingly. Cut about a 6 inch piece of twine. While holding all 3 branches together tightly, start wrapping the twine around. Tip: I wrapped floral wire around the middle part first to secure all the branches together first then went back and wrapped twine around the wire.
When you get near the end of the piece of twine, knot it around itself and tie it off, trimming the excess twine with scissors. Tip: I found it easiest to start in the middle then wrap the top and bottom. Wrap them as tightly as you can so they are sturdy and stable! Wrap the top and bottom the same way. Tip:This would be a convenient time to plug in the glue gun and let that heat up.
Step 3: Place the topiary into the soil.
Push the branches all the way down until they hit the bottom of the pot. Fill the pot the rest of the way with potting soil, keeping one hand on the branches until they are steady and not wobbling around in the pot. Tip: It is helpful to put a large amount of soil around the base of the branches and pat it down with your hands until the soil is firm. The branches in my pot were extremely sturdy and not moving around at all once I got all the soil packed in around the base really well.
Step 4: Attach the faux stems.
This step requires patience! Using the floral cutters, cut off a small stem from the larger stem. I just picked a spot at the top of the branches and started gluing! There is not any right or wrong way to do this part. Sometimes I tucked the bottom of the stem into the twine and glued that in, other times I glued the stem right to the branch itself. Tip:Be sure to hold each stem in place and apply pressure to it for about 30 seconds so they don’t fall off. After gluing one stem, I stepped back and looked around to see where to glue the next one and just continued that process until it felt complete to me. You may use all of your faux greenery but you may not.
Remember, a topiary is very full at the top, so when you are gluing the pieces on, try and create a ball-like shape that looks lush. Tip: I ended up wrapping more twine around the branches, about 3/4 of the way under the top twine. I did this to cover up some of the green stems that were poking out from under the other twine and it just made it look a little cleaner.
Step 5: Fluff.
With everything in place, step back and look at it. Pull off any glue strings, fluff branches that seem a little flat, or move branches around if needed. Let it sit and dry for a good 15-20 minutes before moving it.
Step 6: Arrange it in your home!
Before picking it up and moving it, have an idea of where you want to put it. Some areas of your home that this topiary would look beautiful include:
– the entryway
– on a front porch
– next to a chair in the living room
– on a fireplace hearth
– in a bedroom as part of a cozy sitting area
This topiary project is so simple yet will add such a beautiful, earthy texture to your home.
The natural elements of the soil and tree branches helps to ground your space and bring in a calm feeling. This DIY was inspired by Mary from White Cottage Company. She did something very similar over on her YouTube channel, which I will link here. She has a beautiful home and her ideas are always so lovely. Be sure to check her out!
I hope you found inspiration here today and are excited to create your own topiary! Let me know in the comments how it turned out for you and where you placed the topiary your home.
Along with this ‘how to create a faux topiary’, check out my other DIY projects here!
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The Antiqued Journey on Sep 14, 2022
Thanks so much for reading my post and leaving such a lovely comment! Your mom sounds like she had an amazing job...decorator is right up my alley! So for branches....if you use Amazon at all, try typing in 'faux tree branches' or something like that. I know that many stores carry birch logs, which would work for this project, but that might make it lean too winter/holiday. Or, if you like, send me an e-mail at theantiquedjourney.com and I can mail you some! Sticks are falling off of trees like crazy here this time of year.
Anyways, I hope that helps! If you want to see more of my DIY content, I have many more blog posts about it on my blog theantiquedjourney.com.
Have a lovely day!
Super cute idea. Just wondering the purpose of using planting soil? The only reason I ask is: wouldn't using floral foam/etc and bark be less likely to draw unwanted house guests. Looks amazing though, and I do intend to use your genius with a bit of my own little spin.😉
What type of branches do you use for this project? Where do you find them? Love your ideas