How to Make a Heart Shaped Ivy Topiary

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How to Make a Heart Shaped Ivy Topiary
Make a heart-shaped ivy topiary for a romantic home accent. (Ivy on a wall image by Sergienko from Fotolia.com)

Topiaries are made into a variety of shapes for in the home and in gardens by shaping and trimming ivy as it grows. Heart-shaped ivy has continued to be a common design, fitting easily into household pottery while using indoor ivy varieties. Make your own heart-shaped ivy topiary instead of spending a lot on a ready-made one.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 18-gauge green floral wires
  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Potted ivy plant
  • Wooden floral plant stake with attached wire
  • 24-gauge green cloth-covered floral wire

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Twist two ends of 18-gauge green floral wires together approximately 1 inch from the tips.

  2. 2

    Bend and shape the wires into a heart shape using the twisted ends as the centre-top and the opposite ends as the centre bottom.

  3. 3

    Twist the bottom ends together beginning about 3 inches from the tips.

  4. 4

    Insert the wire heart into the centre of potted ivy's container. If the heart seems unstable, wrap a floral pick around the end and use to stake the wire more securely.

  5. 5

    Cut several 3-inch pieces of 24-gauge cloth-covered floral wire. The cloth covering will keep the wire from harming the tender plant vines.

  6. 6

    Select the longest vines of the plants and gently wrap them up each side of the wire heart. Secure them with a piece of cut wire when necessary by gently twisting the wire around the vine and heart 2 to 3 times. Do not over twist or bend the vines to prevent breakage of the vine.

  7. 7

    Keep the plant watered and in proper light for it grow, filling out the heart as the vines become fuller and longer.

Tips and warnings

  • Use an artificial ivy plant by placing floral foam into the chosen container. Cover the foam with moss and insert the artificial plant into the foam. Use a glue gun to secure the plant's stem if does not want to stay in place in the foam.

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