How to make a topiary ball tree

The Easiest DIY Topiary Trees on a Budget (Topiary Decorating Ideas)

How to Make a Boxwood Ball Topiary

DIY topiary trees were the perfect addition to our front porch because they are versatile for any season.  Here is a budget-friendly tutorial to make your own and topiary decorating ideas!

Similar boxwood topiary trees sell online for a small fortune, but I learned how to make my own faux boxwood topiaries that are more durable, just as life-like, and a fraction of the cost. 

If you like the look of DIY Outdoor Topiary Trees without the high price tag, here I show you how to make topiary trees out of boxwood balls.

This is a great tutorial for you if you:

  • like the look of front porch topiary trees but not the cost
  • need some front door decor that is versatile for any season
  • want to make a topiary centerpiece or small indoor topiaries
  • are interested in making DIY topiary trees for weddings


Artificial Topiary Trees for Front Porch Decor

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What is it about spring that makes everything seem right in the world?  Dull hues of winter are quickly replaced by bright blooms and new green growth.  No matter the length of my to-do list, this season always gives me a sense of refreshment and renewal. 

Whether it is the sight of beautiful flowers, the sound of baby birds, or the cool breeze, I have decided that spring is without a doubt my favorite season.  I love to reflect this season in our home to bring inside the same fresh feeling of newness and restoration.

How to Make an Artificial Boxwood Topiary

One of my favorite ways to decorate for Spring is with boxwood balls and topiaries.  As you can tell from my Boxwood Decor Pinterest board, boxwood is one of my favorites.  The bright green gives such a crisp contrast against spring flowers and even Christmas decor.  Boxwood is perfect to use throughout the year as they complement every season’s décor.   

But my favorite boxwood décor would have to be the two DIY topiary trees on my front porch that I included in my post 8 Easy Steps to Affordable Curb Appeal.  These topiaries were such an easy DIY project and they make such an inviting statement without looking artificial.

I made them at a fraction of the cost of those sold in stores and was able to make them exactly the size I wanted.  I have gotten many compliments on these topiaries and they have held up well over the past two years, even in the hot Texas sun.


How to Make a Topiary Ball Tree – Supplies Needed:
  • Faux Greenery Balls or Boxwood balls – one 10″ (CLICK HERE) and two 9″(CLICK HERE)  UPDATE: I recently found that the best deal is here at Walmart – Various Sizes of Boxwood Balls
  • Long Branches – I got mine from my backyard. – If you don’t have access to long branches, use a few skinny dow rods.   Don’t use one fat one – use three or 4 little ones and it will look more realistic!  🙂
  • ¾ inch dowel rod
  • Brown Floral Wire – like this.
  • Stain – I used a sample-sized can of Behr’s semi-transparent deck stain Sable from Home Depot.
  • 2 Decorative Pots or Urns – This set is a great deal!
  • Metal Craft Bucket – Small enough to fit in the pot/urn upside down.  I got mine at Hobby Lobby but you can also find them at the dollar store.
  • Hammer and large nail
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Scissors
  • 1″ Paint Brush


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How to Make Your Own Artificial Topiary – The Process

 Step 1: How to Make a DIY Large Outdoor Topiary

The first step is to prep the boxwood balls.   For this tutorial we are making pre-made topiary balls because they are easier and really realistic looking.  Also, by the time you got the supplies to make three large boxwood balls, you would pay more than just buying them pre-made.

Topiary Proportions: What size topiary balls are best?

Find the right size of boxwood balls.  I used one 10″ and two 9″ but the beauty of this project is that you can make your topiary tree as large or small as you want. The dried boxwood is very expensive and not the best option for outside – it also smells funny!  You can find several faux options online that look very realistic.

Step 2: Pick a Base for your DIY Outdoor Faux Topiary

Pick out a decorative pot or urn.  Ideally, you will want one that is heavy so that it is not easily blown over.  However, plastic urns are cheaper but you can always put a little sand in the bottom to make it heavier.

Step 3: Stems for your DIY Artificial Outdoor Topiary

Find some very long straight branches and a ¾” dowel rod.   Boxwood topiary trees don’t have one long trunk but several smaller stems together.  Combined, the dowel rod and sticksl look just like a real boxwood stem.  If you can’t find branches, you can also use ¼ inch dowel rods at found at Home Depot.  I used branch trimmers to cut the larger dowel rod to about 48 inches.  You can cut your branches about 8 inches shorter than the dowel rod.  You don’t want the branches to extend down into the metal pot, just the main dowel rod.

I then fastened several branches to the dowel rod with brown floral wire to make a large “stem”.  This is way more realistic looking than using one big dowel rod.  I tied wire around the stem branches underneath where each ball would go so the wire won’t be visible when it is all together.  The picture below is a side-view of the stained stem.

Step 4: Stain the Stem

Once you have your dowel rods or branches tied together, it is now time to stain.   I used a sample can of Behr Semi-Transparent Deck Stain for about $3.  You could really use any stain or gel stain.  Ideally, you want to paint the stain on and let it be kind of streaky.  I let that dry for a couple of days.

Step 5:  How to Make a Topiary Frame

In the meantime, take your aluminum bucket and put it upside down in your decorative pot.  Use gorilla glue to glue the edges in the pot and let it dry 24 hours.  The glue will expand around the edges of the pot and that’s normal.  You won’t be able to see that anyway.

Step 6: Add a Hole for the Trunk of your DIY Topiary Trees

After the stain has dried, it’s time to make a hole for the trunk of the topiary.  I used a large nail and hammer and kept hammering holes until I had one big hole just the size of the set of sticks.  You want it to be a tight fit so the stem/trunk stays straight.


Step 7: Glue the Topiary Trunk to the Base

When the hole is the right size, squeeze some gorilla glue into the hole so it goes to the bottom of your pot or urn.   Stick in the trunk and make sure it is straight.  Let that dry 24 hours.  The gorilla glue expands and will hold everything in place.

Step 8: Cutting Holes in the Faux Greenery Balls to Make a DIY Large Topiary Tree

Take your boxwood balls and cut some of the plastic net-like interior, just enough so the balls can fit tightly on the step

One of my topiary balls was sliding down the step, so I wired some of that interior netting to the sticks.  (You’ll find most of these faux boxwood balls are hollow with an interior plastic netting that all the leaves attach to.)

Just stick the rest of the boxwood balls on your topiary trees and you are done!!!


Now that you are done, I’d love to see how it turned out! ❤️  Post your DIY topiary tree pic here!


Topiary Decorating Ideas


DIY Christmas Topiary Ideas

As I mentioned, boxwood topiaries are great to have around the house because they work for all seasons.   I love that they are the one decoration in the house I never have to change out.  This Christmas I plan on adding some little LED lights to mine!  To see the full post go to: Christmas Front Porch Ideas on a Budget


Don’t forget to check out my most popular Christmas Post: The Ultimate Guide to Adding Ribbon To A Tree (The EASY Way!) or My Best Hacks for Decorating a Christmas Tree

DIY Easter Topiary Tree

The fresh look of boxwood leaves lends well to Spring too!  The topiaries can easily be paired with a beautiful hydrangea wreath and floral layered doormat.

Spring reminds me of new life but also consistency.  God tells us in Revelation 21:5 that He will make all things new one day.  Until then, we have spring’s reminder of the renewal and restoration that comes from only Him. 

As God’s all about making things new, He offers us rejuvenation from life’s hardships and worries today.   Just as God cares for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field, He personally cares about your every care and concern.

RENOVATED THINKING: “Cast all your anxiety on Him, for He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7  Although seasons of life change and our lives never seem to calm down, His love never changes. He is our true constant, the one thing we can cling to as a calm in the midst of a storm.  Just as spring comes every year so do consistently have his peace and comfort.

What do you feel is weighing you down?  Where are you in need of renewal and a fresh start?  Know that He cares for you more than you can possibly fathom and He waits for you to bear all your worries and fears.

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DIY Topiary Trees – Related Posts:

How to Landscape Your Front Porch on a Budget

How to Make Layered Doormats

Easy Peasy Lemon Wreath

Spring Hydrangea Wreath Tutorial

More Front Porch Decor

Speaking of versatile decor, you can also download my free doormat stencils.  They allow you to make your own coir mat with any personalized saying or you can use any of the premade stencils available for download.

The tutorial also includes how to make a fabric rug so you can layer your doormats.  The rug has an interchangeable cover that you can easily swap out for any season.  This is so much more cost-effective than getting separate sets of rugs for each season or holiday.   You can see the tutorial and download the templates here:

DIY Doormat Tutorial: Layered Doormats for Any Season

If you like the look of boxwood, check out my fingerprint wreath wall art – it’s so easy and such a fun family activity! Click here – Easy Fingerprint Wreath Wall Art

Topiary Decorating Ideas – FAQ’s:

Can I Make DIY Topiary Trees for Weddings? 

This tutorial is a great option for wedding decor.  They look great along the aisle or at a venue entrance near the sign-in table.  These trees would also make a great reception centerpiece if they were made on a smaller scale.

Can I Make a DIY Topiary Centerpiece with this tutorial?

You can easily make your own DIY topiary centerpiece or home decor by using these instructions.  Just down-size all the supplies.  You can get smaller topiary balls at craft stores like Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, and also Target.

How Does a DIY Porch Topiary Hold Up to Weather?

I have had my topiaries on my front porch for three years!  They have held up really well to the hot Texas sun and regular showers.  About once a year I set them in the grass and hose them off.  That’s really the only thing I’ve done to clean them up and they still look great and SO much less effort than the real deal!

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DIY Topiary Trees – Final Thoughts:

I’ve gotten SO many compliments on my topiary trees.   Boxwood is such a classic and timeless look.  I love that I didn’t have to spend a fortune on these and they look so much more realistic than many of the ones I see online.    Boxwood topiaries are great because they work for year-round, Spring, and Christmas decor.   The versatility makes them a super-easy staple in my front door decor!

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Karin Peters

Welcome to Renovated Faith, where I share about DIY projects, my faith and everything in between! When I’m not spending time with my family, you will find me redoing furniture in the garage or watering plants in my greenhouse. This blog is about transformation. Anyone can renovate a house but only God can transform our hearts!

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Thank you so much for all of your sweet words about my DIY topiaries that I showed a bit about on my IG stories. This was such an easy and fun project. I just want to make more…and, more! I started off with these evergreen stems that I had picked up at Hobby Lobby. I’m not always a faux plant lover but the color and shape of these was exactly what I was looking for. These stems even have the real look to them. My kids thought that they were real and were smart enough to ask when I was going to kill them. I’m not much of one for keeping plants alive so these are perfect for me. I plucked off all of the green ends of the stems and laid them aside.




This was the fun part for me because I got to sit back and watch an “I Love Lucy” while I pushed all of these pieces of greenery into this foam ball. These topiaries can be made into so many different sizes. The foam ball that you choose will determine what size the topiaries will be when completed. I used a 5-6″ green ball so that the foam would not show through the green stems as much as if it were white. 


This is what the topiary looked like from the top once I had the fullness completed to my liking.



I left a part of the foam ball uncovered on the bottom side because the bottom side is not seen once the topiary is finished and this allows for no wasting of the greenery. I used approximately 7 greenery stems for each topiary. This was a lot more that I thought I would need. So, after my second trip to Hobby Lobby, I finally had enough. The nice part about the greenery is that if you don’t want to spend quite as much, you could do smaller topiaries. I wanted mine larger so that they would fit to scale in the old buckets that I used for the base.



I also found these birch wood pieces (to use for the topiary trunk)  in a 3 piece bundle at Hobby Lobby and lucky for me, I showed up on the week when they were half off. These wood pieces were rather long so I cut one in half to use for both topiaries and now I have extra wood to use somewhere else in my home decor. I pressed the wood piece into the bottom center of the foam ball and then used hot glue to get it to stay in place.






I then did the same thing with these 2-3.9″ foam disks that I bought. I pushed the wood piece all the way through the first one and then part of the way through the second one.


I am thrilled with the way they turned out!! I used buckets for the base. I propped them up in the bottom of the bucket with paper plates stacked on top of each other. The paper plates were the ones with the ridges so I put 2 plates together top side to top side and then put them in the bottom of the bucket before placing the topiary in the bucket. I used 4-6 plates in each bucket and then filled in the edges where I had extra space with folded up paper plates and folded up dry paper towels. This just allows for my bucket to be lighter in weight and then I have the option to take them out of the bucket if I desire, in the future. I wanted them to look real so I made sure my paper towels were level on the top of the bucket and then I added a thin layer of potting soil to the top. I keep coming home and thinking, “why are my plants still alive”. Oh, the benefits of having faux plants.













I would love to hear what you think of my diy topiaries and would love to see yours if you make some. Please share them with me! I love seeing your projects too!



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DIY Christmas topiary made of sisal, cones and Christmas balls

Ordinary pine cones can be a great home decoration with a little imagination and effort. pine cone topiary , made by hand, looks very original.

But this time we will use white instead of regular buds. You can bleach the bumps yourself at home. Read more about the process of making white cones in a separate master class .

The bud bleaching process is the longest and will take at least 4-5 days, including drying.

It will take much less time to make a tree from cones. You can decorate Christmas Topiary with a variety of decorative elements: pine branches, small Christmas balls, ribbons, artificial snow, beads, etc. Your imagination is the best assistant and adviser!

In this case, in addition to cones, we will use sisal balls and small Christmas tree balls for the crown.

To make Christmas Topiary from cones you will need:

  • pine cones,
  • white sisal,
  • small Christmas balls - color of your choice,
  • planter pot or any other suitable container,
  • strong wire (I use steel hangers),
  • some round cable (0.5 m),
  • building plaster (alabaster),
  • 0.5-1 cm wide satin ribbon of a suitable color (can be replaced with 100% cotton yarn so as not to frizz),
  • hot glue gun,
  • scissors,
  • round nose pliers and pliers (for working with strong wire).

Of course, you can use your imagination and add any other materials, and you will get your own unique topiary tree.

It seems that everything is simple, but in reality, often, judging by experience, there are many questions, discrepancies and inconsistencies. To avoid them, and your tree turned out perfect, listen to my advice and carefully study the master class offered to you.

First, prepare the trunk.

Ornamental twigs (corelius), which can be bought in florist shops, or an ordinary branch of any tree can serve as a trunk.

In this case, consider the production of a twisted stem for a topiary from a round cable and strong wire.

We take a strong wire (I have a metal hanger) and a round cable.

I pulled out the cores from the cable, which I replaced with a strong wire. The hanger can be straightened and cut off the required length with pliers.

Freely bendable. I also bend the wire from below for a strong fixation in plaster. I made another additional decorative curl.

A decorative look can be given with a satin ribbon or yarn: twist in a spiral, periodically fixing with hot glue. It's better to do it right away.

I always use building plaster (alabaster) as a fixative.

The hole in the planter pot can be sealed with ordinary adhesive tape.

We dilute building gypsum (alabaster) with cool water to the consistency of thick sour cream and put it in a pot.

We set the entire composition in the center and hold until the plaster hardens.

The base of the crown is always a ball, which can be made of foam, foil, papier-mâché, newspaper, etc. Most importantly, the lighter it is, the better.

I have a crumpled ball from old newspapers, we wrap it with any thread.

We make a small hole in which we then fix the barrel with hot glue.

Cooking sisal balls. It is very simple to make them, we roll a small piece of sisal between two palms, just as we roll a plasticine ball in our hands.

On the base-crown we fasten the prepared sisal balls, cones and small Christmas tree balls with hot glue.

We decorate as desired, and now we have an unusual, very cute holiday topiary - a decorative tree that will decorate the winter holidays!

Create with pleasure!

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Do-it-yourself New Year's Topiary: master classes and florist's advice

Despite the fact that December has just begun, we already want a New Year's holiday. And what will create a New Year's mood better than a Christmas tree? Although, in recent years, New Year's topiaries have also become very popular. Such a small tree can be put on a festive table or decorate an office with it. In addition, the New Year's topiary will be a great souvenir!


  • Topiary from Christmas balls
  • Topiary from natural materials
  • Topiary from edible materials (nuts, sweets, tangerines)
  • "Mandarin" tree
  • Candy topiary
  • Topiary from coffee
  • Topiary made of sisal, fabric or felt
  • Topiary with embroidery

We have already talked about what a topiary is and what are the basic principles of its manufacture. Today we’ll talk about what features the New Year’s topiary has.

Before you start making a topiary with your own hands, decide on its shape. The shape can be either round (traditional) or curly (for example, in the shape of a Christmas tree).

Christmas topiary ball

Christmas Tree Topiary

Next, let's move on to the materials used. Consider the most commonly used (although of course, it all depends on your imagination, in addition, materials can be mixed and combined in different ways).

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Christmas balls topiary

To create such a topiary you will need:

  • small Christmas balls of matching colors;
  • base ball (e.g. foam)
  • stick for fixing topiary in a pot
  • pot itself
  • floral oasis
  • decoration materials (cones, other Christmas decorations, decorative berries and apples)
  • glue gun or Moment Gel glue

If the pot is not very suitable for the New Year theme, then the easiest way out of the situation is to decorate it with cloth or paper (we fix it on the pot with double-sided tape).

Then we put polystyrene or a floral oasis inside the pot:

And we fix the trunk of the future topiary in the middle of the pot. An ordinary thick branch or a cardboard base on which a cling film is wound is suitable as a trunk. To make the tree look elegant, you can wrap the trunk with a wide satin ribbon, and decorate the top of the pot with tinsel.

Next, we attach a foam ball or the same floral oasis to the topiary trunk, which should first be given a more rounded shape.

Glue Christmas balls on toothpicks and insert them into the base ball.

We fill the gaps between large balls, which form the basis of the composition, with smaller balls, and also decorate with tinsel, various beads and other Christmas tree decorations.

Use a Styrofoam ball or an oasis of small diameter as a base to avoid wasting your toys. And to keep the toys better, glue them together at the end of the work.

Original master class

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Topiary made of natural materials

The principle of creating such a topiary is similar to the previous one, just instead of Christmas toys you can use pine cones.

First, glue the cones to the base in the form of a ball, and then fill the gaps between the cones with various decorative elements (beads, bows, small Christmas balls). The main thing is not to overdo it with decoration.

Author of Topiria - Natalia (

Author of Topiaria - Phytodesigner Olga Snegova

If a cone and spruce or pine branches will also be quite cute:


videos master class on creating a New Year's topiary from cones and Christmas balls:

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Topiary from edible materials (nuts, sweets, tangerines)

"Tangerine" tree

It's no secret that tangerines are a favorite New Year's treat. Therefore, we will consider the process of creating a "tangerine" topiary in more detail.

Prepare the following materials:

  • tangerines
  • skein of linen rope (available at any gardening and flower shop)
  • flower pot from which our tree will actually grow
  • a beautiful branch or snag, strong enough to support the weight of tangerines
  • scissors and paper cutter
  • piece of foam or floral oasis
  • fir sprigs and mistletoe leaves for decoration
  • pieces of wire to fasten tangerines to the tree (a set of small hairpins will do)
  • artificial snow (this can be crushed foam or anything else, the main thing is to look like snow)

We take our tangerines and wrap the rope crosswise. We strengthen the wire as shown in the photo:

Lightly coat the twig (so that the needles do not stick together) with PVA glue and dip it in the snow.

Cut out a cone from styrofoam or oasis that fits easily into our pot.

Getting to the most difficult and crucial part. We strengthen the branch in the oasis so that it does not hang out. We begin to tie tangerines to one another, starting from the bottom. There will be fewer tangerines at the bottom, a little more in the middle, the same number at the top as at the bottom. Then we decorate all this charm with leaves and twigs.

Do-it-yourself New Year's topiary is ready! You can safely decorate the festive table with them.

Remember that tangerines are a perishable product, so it is better to make such a tree on the eve of the New Year. As a worthy alternative, you can use decorative tangerines - plastic or made from polymer clay.

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Candy Topiary

What do you think of the New Year's candy topiary idea?

The most standard materials: Styrofoam ball, barrel stick, pot, satin ribbon for decoration, Styrofoam cube, duct tape and 200-300 grams of candy.

Pay attention to how you can fix the barrel in the foam cube, and also decorate it:

Also see how you can glue the foam ball with colored adhesive tape so that you do not need to additionally decorate the gaps between the candies:

The principle of creating a topiary is the same as described above, but these 2 tips can be very useful to you.

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Coffee Topiary

Coffee Topiary can decorate any holiday. To make such a tree look like a Christmas tree, use appropriate decorations, for example, Santa's cap:

Or make a Christmas tree-shaped coffee topiary:


There are a lot of materials for creating a Christmas tree. For examples and patterns, you can refer to the article "Christmas tree with your own hands: 25 workshops on creating a New Year's beauty!". Make a Christmas tree according to any of the methods and fix it in a pot. Topiary is ready.

Christmas trees from burlap and jute look very interesting:

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topiary with an embroidery

, and perhaps the last variety of topiary is New Year's topiary with embroidery.

An embroidered Christmas tree is best. Make an embroidery in the form of a pinkie or make a double-sided toy (stuffing it with padding polyester or other filler).

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