How to make a lolly topiary ball

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How to make a lolly topiary ball
The lolly tree is shaped like a lollipop -- it doesn't actually contain them. (Staras/iStock/Getty Images)

One way to add excitement to a room is by adding plants and flowers. The problem is that most of us are busy and don't have the time to care for live plants, and they end up dried out or worse. The solution of course is to use artificial flowers or silk plants. This article will show you how to make a lolly topiary ball which will not only add colour to your room but a little whimsy as well.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Decorative planter or plain clay pot
  • Large foam florist ball
  • Tree branch 5 cm (2 inches) in diameter cut to desired length
  • Clay
  • Dried moss
  • Silk flowers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue

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  1. 1

    Start by placing some of the clay into the bottom of the planter. Add to it until it fills the planter to a point about 5 cm (2 inches) below the rim. Stick the tree branch into the centre of the clay and let the clay set until it has hardened.

  2. 2

    Place the foam florist ball onto the top of the tree branch. If desired, you can add a little hot glue at the base of the ball to make it more secure.

  3. 3

    Spread some hot glue onto the surface of the clay in the pot. Then cover the entire surface of the clay with some of the dried moss. Hot-glue some of the moss onto the edge and sides of the pot as well so it seems the moss has started to grow on the outside of the pot.

  4. 4

    Cut the stems of the silk flowers to a length of one inch. Start pressing them into the foam florist ball until you have covered the entire ball. Hot-glue any smaller flowers into place on the ball. You can produce an unpredictable look by placing the flowers on the ball randomly or you may choose to create a pattern with them. Once you have finished, the foam florist ball should no longer be visible at all.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't hot-glue the larger flowers so they can be easily removed, you can replace them as the seasons change.
  • Use caution when handling hot-glue guns as they can burn the skin.

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