How to make a do-it-yourself topiary: 9 simple ideas
Looking for unusual decorations for the interior? Pay attention to the interesting "trees of happiness" that came to us from ancient Egypt. Topiary does not have to be expensive, and you can even make it yourself. We tell you exactly how and what materials will be useful to you for this!
We make a blank for topiary
In order not to repeat each time, first we’ll figure out how to make a standard blank for topiary. The barrel will turn out from a stick, a branch, a piece of plastic tube, the base from a pen, pencil and any similar material. Even a thick thick wire twisted in several layers is suitable.
The crown blank can be made from crumpled newspaper or paper, polystyrene foam, foil wrapped in thread, or from a plastic ball of a suitable size. The main thing is that it can be glued to the barrel or inserted inside and fixed.
As a filler for the pot, earth, sand, small pebbles, pebbles, shells, smooth glass, beads are suitable for your taste. To make the barrel heavier and stronger, first you can pour cement, putty or any other building mixture inside.
1. Coffee bean topiary
Fragrant and flavorful whole coffee beans are often used to make jewelry. Better take your favorite high-quality brand and do not save - the smell will last longer. You will also need brown acrylic paint, a glue gun for fixing and decor.
Grains are more convenient to glue on a perfectly flat base, so a smooth ball is better here. Paste it with scraps of newspapers on the basis of papier-mâché and paint it brown with the color of the grains. Bear in mind that each grain will have to be glued by hand, gradually pushing them under each other - so stock up on time and patience.
2. Topiary from satin ribbons
You will need 6-7 meters of colorful ribbons from 5 cm wide, a glue gun, beads, buttons and ribbons for decoration. Fold 12-16 colored roses, as shown in the photographs, and decorate them with ribbons or beads. Just sew them with a thin needle or glue them gently with a gun.
If you have a minimalistic interior, one color looks no worse, but think about small contrasting details. For example, red core droplets will revitalize an elegant beige topiary. Take the finished base and glue the ball-crown with roses so that they completely and tightly cover it. The remaining tape can wrap the trunk or decorate the pot.
3. Topiary made of sweets
Presenting a box of chocolates has long been too boring and banal. Nowadays, luxurious bouquets and fancy decorative compositions are being collected from sweets. In the same way, you can make beautiful topiary yourself and decorate it with paper flowers, ribbons, beads or folded wishes-predictions.
Round candies in separate pieces of paper are best suited - they are more convenient to glue and carry. Although you can even take marmalades or soft marshmallows and carefully sew them together with a disinfected needle and thread. This craft will decorate the festive table and will delight the smallest guests of the event!
4. Topiary from autumn leaves and dried flowers
From dried bright leaves and flowers you can make a very fragile, but very beautiful autumn topiary. Use glue for fastening, but try not to overdo it so that the blades of grass and leaves appear light and airy. The composition can be composed right in the process, the main thing is to work extremely carefully and delicately.
5. Topiary from napkins
If you still have bright, beautiful napkins from a festive feast, using ordinary scissors and a stapler, you can also turn them into a beautiful elegant topiary. Paste the ball-blank of one of the napkins, decorate with ribbons and leave to dry while you are working on flowers.
Fold the remaining napkins several times, connect with a stapler and cut circles out of them. All petals are formed manually - in fact, you need to gently crush and straighten them. The number of flowers depends on their size - an average of about 15. Then it remains only to glue them on the base and decorate with beads, lace, bows.
6. Topiary from wrapping paper
From thick and variegated wrapping paper, beautiful flowers will be obtained to decorate the topiary. Ideally, the paper should be double-sided - and then just follow the pattern. Cut circles with a diameter of about 7 cm and fold them into petals. A stapler with small brackets or the same glue gun is suitable for connecting.
From thick corrugated paper, beautiful elastic roses are obtained that tightly cover the ball crown. Cut the paper into long strips with a width of about 5 cm, slightly tuck one edge for volume and fold up the small rose rolls. Such colors will need a lot - several dozen, depending on the size of the ball.
7. Topiary made of artificial flowers
Old unnecessary artificial flowers from clothes, home decor or other crafts - an ideal find for the topiary. And if there are a lot of them, you can make several similar trees at once for symbolic gifts or decorating a large room. For fastening, use the original wire stems, which can simply be stuck tightly into the foam base.
8. Shell Topiary
It is difficult to come up with something more spectacular for the Mediterranean style than the shell topiary. Finally, all stocks brought from the sea will go into business along with pebbles, small glass pieces, pearls, threads and ribbons. The main thing here is to glue shells firmly and gently around the entire perimeter so that they do not fall off the base.
9. Topiary of cones
Fans of green trends and Scandinavian interiors will certainly appreciate the topiary of cones. Moreover, besides them you will practically not need anything. Take the cones of about the same size so that they close the ball tightly, and glue them over the painted base. It remains to decorate the craft with rain, beads or even tiny figures, berries or Christmas toys.
DIY topiary - photo
Topiary can be absolutely anything - and this is their main charm. And for inspiration we offer you a large selection of ideas!