How to Make Heart-Shaped Topiary Frames

Written by linda shepard
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A topiary is traditionally a leafy shrub that has been diligently trained and trimmed to a specific decorative shape. With the use of a topiary frame, a trailing plant like ivy can be wound around the frame, delivering an almost instant version of the more time-consuming standard. You could make this heart-shaped houseplant, which can sit on the patio in warm weather, for a Mother's Day or Valentine's Day gift that is sure to be appreciated.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 6-inch-diameter clay flower pot
  • Potting soil
  • Trailing English ivy plant
  • 20-gauge wire
  • Wire cutters

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fill the flower pot one-third full with the potting soil.

  2. 2

    Plant the English ivy in the soil.

  3. 3

    Cut a 3-foot length of wire with the wire cutters. Bend the wire in half.

  4. 4

    Bend the wire into a heart shape carefully with your fingers, beginning at the halfway bend point. Twist the ends of the wire into a bottom point of the heart with a 4-inch twist extending from the bottom heart point.

  5. 5

    Push the twisted wire into the centre of the flower pot firmly. Wrap the trailing ivy tendrils around the heart-shaped wire topiary frame.

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