How to Make a Topiary Floral Arrangement

Topiary floral arrangements are useful in decorating your end tables or bookshelves. Making the topiary is not a difficult process and requires little time or expense, depending on your selection of silk flowers. They make excellent choices for centrepieces at wedding receptions, garden parties or any other occasion. You can quickly create new topiary floral arrangements to use as seasonal decor or around the holidays. They make excellent gifts or to sell at craft fairs.

Paint the clay pot with the acrylic paint and craft paintbrush. Use a colour that matches the decor of the room you want to place it in as well as the silk flowers. It may take two coats to cover the clay pot well. Allow it to dry in between coats.

Use a spray-on sealer to give the pot a glossy look or a shiny finish. Allow it to dry according to the package directions.

Cut a piece of floral foam with a sharp knife so that it fits tightly into the opening of the clay pot. Force it down into the pot so that it sits approximately 1/2 inch below the rim.

Glue moss or straw onto the top of the floral foam so that it covers the surface of the foam.

Insert a dowel rod that is about 1/2 inch in diameter into the base of the styrofoam ball. Use hot glue around the edges to secure it in place. For a more natural look, you can use a sturdy, straight stick from your backyard.

Wrap floral tape around the remaining section of dowel rod. This is not necessary if you use a stick.

Cut off the leaves and stems just beneath the silk flowers with a wire cutter or sharp scissors.

Glue the flowers over the entire surface of the styrofoam ball. You can insert silk leaves randomly throughout the area if you desire.

Stick the end of the dowel rod or stick without the ball into the centre of the clay pot. The floral foam will hold it securely in place.


Glue pearl garland sections or bows of white lace around the styrofoam ball if you want to give the floral arrangement a Victorian look. Use whatever size Styrofom balls and pots that you desire. You can create very large arrangements for a porch or covered patio area or miniatures for a bookshelf or other table arrangement. To create a balanced look, use styrofoam balls that are the same or near the diameter size of the clay pot. Spraying the clay pot with a pearlised white, silver or gold-tone spray paint is an attractive look for weddings or rooms where you have formal, elegant decor.

Things You'll Need

  • Clay pot
  • Acrylic paint
  • Craft paintbrushes
  • Spray sealer
  • Florist foam
  • Sharp knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Moss or straw
  • Scissors or wire cutters
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Dowel rod or sturdy straight stick
  • Floral tape
  • Silk flowers
  • Floral tape
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