I have wanted some nice topiaries for my dining room for awhile and when I looked at the price tag on most pre-made ones I decided I could make some for a much more reasonable price. I bought all of my materials from Michael's except for the bamboo sticks and the thinner branches, which came from my yard.
Here are my finished topiaries.
Here is a step by step tutorial...
paint if you want to paint your pot as I did
hot glue gun and glue sticks
dowel rod or straight branch from your yard
thin "bendable" branches from your yard
Paint terracotta pots and let dry.
|Cut Styrofoam square to fit tightly into your terracotta pot.|
|Place Styrofoam square into pot. You want it to fit firmly so cut it so that it barely fits into the pot, then push it down until it is a little below the rim of the pot.|
|Before you insert your dowel rod or branch into your pot drill a pilot hole (see picture below). This will help the branch to go down straight.|
|Also, drill a pilot hole into the ball so the branch will go in a bit easier and stay straight.|
|I'm very happy with the way they turned out.|
I would say the total cost for supplies was about $15 per topiary.
not bad compared to other retail prices!