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How to Make a Topiary Ball Tree

Updated April 17, 2017

Want to spruce up your home decor, but your budget is stretched beyond its limits? Make these topiary ball trees for much less than what you would spend in a home-decorating store. Any type of silk or dried flowers will work. Craft moss and ivy are another great choice. Whatever your preference, you will be able to create a beautiful topiary tree in no time and your pocketbook will thank you.

Center the round foam ball over the end of the dowel or stick; push down onto the dowel. Push the ball far enough down that it will not come loose, but do not push so far that the dowel comes out the top of the ball. Remove the ball from the dowel.

Set the foam ball in a small bowl. The bowl should be smaller than the ball, so that the ball just rests on its rim. This will stabilise the ball so that it won't roll while you work on it.

Glue the dried flowers or moss all around the foam ball. Do not cover the hole you made with the dowel. Cover the ball completely so that none of the foam shows through the flowers or moss. Let dry.

Place a piece of floral foam in the bottom of the decorative pot. Replace the foam ball back onto the dowel by inserting the dowel into the hole. Push the other end of the dowel into the foam in the decorative pot. Push down completely so that it will be stable and not move. If necessary, use green floral clay instead of the foam to make it less likely to move.

Wrap greenery around the dowel to cover it, or spray paint it green if desired. If using a stick, wrap some ivy or other greenery loosely around the stick and don't worry about covering it, since the natural appearance of the stick will enhance your ball tree. Glue in place, if needed. Place craft moss on top of the floral foam in the pot. Mound the moss above the top edge of the pot.

Things You'll Need

  • Round green foam floral ball
  • Dowel or stick
  • Decorative pot
  • Floral foam
  • Silk flowers and greenery
  • Craft moss
  • Hot glue
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About the Author

Amy Hannaford teaches childbirth education classes and a healthy pregnancy series in Southern Oregon. Hannaford holds an Associate of Arts degree, a certificate in medical assisting, and has been a childbirth educator and birth doula for 20 years. She has been writing articles for Demand Media since 2008.