Instructions on How to Make a Silk Rose Topiary

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Instructions on How to Make a Silk Rose Topiary
Silk roses have a lifelike appearance. (yellow roses image by Elena Vdovina from

Tabletop silk rose topiaries can be a make-ahead project for reception tables at an event or wedding or as an addition to everyday decor. Silk buds, full blossoms or tea roses work well when making the formed floral trees. Silk roses come in the colours of spring, summer, fall and winter. A topiary can be created in all one colour or a mixture that works with a decor's colour scheme.

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Things you need

  • Heavy bottom vase or plant pot
  • Foam block
  • Florist Clay Cling
  • 24 silk roses or more
  • Wire cutters
  • 8- to 10-inch foam ball
  • Glue gun with foam glue
  • Dowel rod or tree branch 1 inch in diameter
  • Ribbon, netting or silk ivy
  • Coloured stones, Spanish moss or silk greenery

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  1. 1

    Choose a pedestal vase or plant pot appropriate for the project. A decorative topiary for a formal wedding will require an elegant vase while a painted clay pot will be more appropriate for an outdoor wedding. Adhere a piece of foam to the interior of the pot with floral clay.

    Instructions on How to Make a Silk Rose Topiary
    A pedestal vase with handles is decorative for a wedding topiary. (vase image by AGITA LEIMANE from
  2. 2

    Cut the silk rose stems to 2 inches long with the wire cutters. Use roses in full bloom or use a mixture of buds and blooms.

    Instructions on How to Make a Silk Rose Topiary
    Clay pots are a heavy body foundation for a topiary. (clay pot image by dinostock from
  3. 3

    Mark an 1-inch area on one side of the foam ball. The dowel rod or branch will be inserted here later. Hold the foam ball steady while inserting a rose stem into the surface. Apply an all-temperature glue made for foam to secure the stem in the foam if it moves easily. Insert roses one by one until the 1-inch space is the only foam that is visible.

    Instructions on How to Make a Silk Rose Topiary
    A piece of tree trunk or dowel rod supports the topiary. (pot plant image by Gina Smith from
  4. 4

    Insert the tree branch or dowel rod straight down into the centre of the 1-inch bare space on the foam ball. Push the stick into the ball carefully until it is 2 inches deep. Add adhesive where the wood meets the foam to hold the rod securely in place.

  5. 5

    Insert the other end of the dowel or branch straight into the centre of the foam secured in the bottom of the vase or plant pot. Push it in until it is 3-to-5 inches deep. Squeeze glue around the area where the stick emerges from the top of the foam.

  6. 6

    Wrap corsage ribbon, nylon netting, silk ivy or lace around the dowel rod or branch to cover it completely. Secure with the glue gun adhesive.

  7. 7

    Place coloured stones, Spanish moss or greenery inside the vase or pot to hide the foam inside it. Insert more roses or complementary silk flowers into the foam for a floral arrangement.

  8. 8

    Add sprays of pearls, ribbon bows, crystals, faux birds or butterflies for embellishment.

Tips and warnings

  • Practice on a small topiary to decide which size roses and colours work best.

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