Sunday, December 4, 2011

Handmade Holidays: Fresh Boxwood Topiary Tutorial

I made a very easy boxwood topiary over the weekend.  Here's what you need to make your own:

- Fresh boxwood branches
- Container of your choice { I ended up using one of my hypertufa pots }
- Floral foam
- Garden clippers or scissors
- Knife

1.  Use a knife to cut floral foam to fit into your container.  I wanted a cone shaped topiary so I stared with a long rectangle and then after putting it into the pot I shaped the top into a narrow cone.

2.  After you have the foam cut to shape, soak it in water for a few minutes.  Them place back in pot.  You don't want your fresh boxwood to be thirsty!

3.  Use garden clippers to cut boxwood into small pieces.  Remove leaves close to the ends of stem so that the stem will stick into the foam.

4.  Stating at the top, insert boxwood stems into foam.  This takes a while, but just keep at it.  Maybe put on Christmas music and sip a little red wine or hot chocolate while you are working?

Getting closer...

All done...

Every couple of days or so, run your topiary under running water so the floral foam won't dry out.


  1. Super cute!

  2. That's so cute! I wish I had some boxwood in my yard! How long do you think it will last?

  3. So lovely! I can't wait until our boxwood gets large enough for me to snag some clippings :D

  4. How pretty! Love it! How did you do the lettering on the photo? Is that using Gimp? Or just Picasa?

  5. This is adorable! I have tons of boxwoods and I am definitely going to give this a shot. Thanks so much for the inspiration! I'm your newest follower.

  6. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the DIY.

  7. So pretty Alissa! It looks so nice on your counter with your other greenery! Your pictures are always so nice and clear!

  8. Oh my goodness, that turned out perfect! We had to take out several boxwood bushes this spring and I wanted to keep some of the greenery to try to make something like this. My hubby thought that sounded like too much work. I'm showing him this post! :)

  9. Looks so fresh and clean. Just wondering how long would it last?

  10. Amy & Sarti -
    Not exactly sure how long it will last but I am thinking at least a month. I had a boxwood wreath a few years ago and it lasted all winter - without any water!

  11. I love it! So how long did it last? Im thinking about making one but I'm a little hesitant.

  12. Hi there! I found this looking up topiary tutorials for my topiary roundup post today (I've got this linked to it!) - you've done a wonderful job with that, it looks beautiful!


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