How to Make Decorative Christmas Topiary Trees

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How to Make Decorative Christmas Topiary Trees
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Make decorative Christmas topiary trees to line a buffet for a holiday dinner, to use as a centrepiece on your dining table, or to place among a decorated vignette in an entryway. Craft trees that coordinate with the holiday decor in the room they will be used in. Christmas topiary trees can be decorated with new or recycled decorative elements, as well as with dried or fresh natural elements. Give old Christmas ornaments a new life by applying them to a topiary tree.

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Things you need

  • 6-inch clay flower pot
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Green floral foam
  • Serrated knife
  • Hot glue
  • Spanish moss, excelsior or metallic tinsel
  • 1/2-inch diameter dowel
  • Measuring tape
  • Jigsaw or small handsaw
  • 5-inch foam ball
  • Decorative elements
  • Wired wooden floral picks
  • Toothpicks
  • Christmas ribbon
  • Scissors

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    Prepare the Pot

  1. 1

    Paint the outside of a 6-inch clay flower pot with metallic acrylic paints or paint colours that match your Christmas decor.

  2. 2

    Cut a green floral foam brick to fit inside the pot using a serrated knife. Secure the foam to the inside of the pot using hot glue.

  3. 3

    Apply hot glue over the top surface of the floral foam. Place Spanish moss, excelsior or metallic tinsel over the foam to conceal the inside of the pot.

    Make the Tree Structure

  1. 1

    Cut an 18- to 24-inch length from a 1/2-inch diameter dowel using a jigsaw or small handsaw. The length of the dowel will be a few inches shorter than your finished topiary tree. Paint the dowel using dark green or brown acrylic paint.

  2. 2

    Insert one end of the dowel into a 5-inch foam ball. Press the dowel to the centre of the ball. Remove the dowel. Fill the hole with hot glue and reinsert the dowel end.

  3. 3

    Center the remaining end of the dowel in the top of the prepared pot. Press the dowel straight down, all the way to the bottom of the pot. Remove the dowel. Fill the hole with hot glue and reinsert the dowel.

  4. 4

    Paint the ball with acrylic paint that will coordinate with the decorations you will apply to it. This will prevent the natural foam colour from appearing between openings in the decorations. If desired, hot glue Spanish moss, excelsior or metallic tinsel to the surface of the ball.

    Decorate the Globe of the Topiary Tree

  1. 1

    Apply hot glue to your small or lightweight decorative elements and apply all over the surface of the ball.

  2. 2

    Wrap the wire at the end of a wooden floral pick around larger or heavier items. Apply glue to the pointed end of the floral pick and insert into the ball.

  3. 3

    Insert one end of a toothpick into real fruit. Insert the remainder of the toothpick into the foam ball. Remove and replace the fruit as it gets old and soft.

  4. 4

    Cut a 24-inch length of Christmas ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around the dowel of the tree, below the ball. Tie the ribbon into a bow to finish.

Tips and warnings

  • Jewellery, flat floral marbles, nuts, pom-poms and silk flowers are small or lightweight decorative elements. Items requiring the extra stability of a wired floral pick would be pine cones and Christmas ball ornaments because of their size, weight and awkward shape.
  • Break toothpicks in half and use to apply cranberries or other small fruit.

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