So listen here, man.
I’ve got the two blackest of the black thumbs there ever were, and it seems that I can even send succulents to an early demise once in my possession and care. SUCCULENTS. Gah!!! Sigh. 😞 Since I have basically accepted my black thumb fate, I’ve turned my attention to using faux florals and greens over the years, and it’s amazing what you can recreate with some very realistic product out on the market these days! Today I’ll show you how I created this faux topiary using inexpensive materials from my local craft store!
-premade topiary forms
-clay pots or container to hold topiary
-artificial greenery stems/bush (note: I used three bushes per topiary)
-black thumbs (not required)
Using your wire clippers, snip off sections of your greenery stems/bushes into varying lengths depending on the desired look of your topiary. I wanted more of a wispy, rosemary or lemongrass look, so I clipped my greenery sprigs anywhere from 2-5 inches long. Bend the end of the sprigs into a curve for more natural movement once placed onto the topiary form.
Place the topiary form into the clay pot and begin assembling the greenery. Working from the bottom up and starting with the shorter greenery sprigs, begin inserting them into the styrofoam ball on top. (Don’t worry if yours begins to resemble a severely balding man’s head…we’ll give your topiary a few more “hair plugs” as we move upward. 😉) Stagger the placement of the sprigs around the topiary form being careful to fill in any “bald spots” as you go. Once you reach the upper part of the form, you’ll begin to use your longer greenery sprigs in order to create that wispy, natural look at the top. You can also use hot glue to attach smaller pieces if you’d like. Hot glue strings make me stabby, so I just jammed them into the styrofoam with my brute strength.
Once your greenery sprigs have been inserted, place a few handfuls of faux moss around the base of the topiary inside the clay pot. This will finish off the look and also help stabilize the topiary form. If you spy any leftover empty spots on the topiary, now’s the time to poke in a few more bits of green! Be sure to sort of look up under the topiary…that’s where I spotted a few spots I hadn’t spotted before. 😉 You can also use hot glue to attach smaller pieces if you’d like. Hot glue strings make me stabby, so I just jammed them into the styrofoam with my brute strength. 💪🏻
There you have it! A faux-yet-natural looking topiary in three steps! It took me about an hour to assemble mine, so really, not too bad for a quick DIY project. 🙌🏻 Plus, if you’re black-thumbed like me, this bad boy will last a lot longer than his real live counterparts EVER would…HA!! 😂