I thought it would be fun to whip up a little faux greenery for our kitchen in the form of some DIY Topiary Trees.
‘Cause goodness knows I can't keep any REAL greenery alive indoors!
When I imagined this project, one thing I wanted to see if I could do was to make the diy topiary trees JUST from things I found at the dollar store.
Which I totally accomplished!
DIY Topiary Trees
To make DIY Topiary trees, add dry floral foam to the bottom of a clay pot. Cover with faux moss. Then roll out a bit of air-dry clay and wind around a wooden dowel and let dry. Paint both the dowel and the clay ‘vine' green. Place one end into the floral foam and then add a faux moss ball to the top.
- faux greenery balls
- pots (terra cotta – or bamboo which is what I used)
- floral foam
- modelling clay
- glue gun
- paint (green, brown, white)
- paint brush
- large knife
- plastic dish
- hairspray (optional)
1. Cut floral foam to fit snugly into pots. Meanwhile plug in hot glue gun to heat it up.
2. Apply hot glue to bottom of floral foam and place inside pot, pressing firmly to allow glue to adhere the foam to the pot.
3. Insert pointy end of skewer into center of floral foam.
4. Add some hot glue to other end of skewer. Then quickly slide faux greenery ball onto skewer, straighten and hold in place for a minute or so to allow hot glue to set.
5. Now paint the skewer in a mossy green. Let dry. (If you only have spring green like I did, mix in some chestnut brown to deepen the color. Try not to use black as black craft paint often has blue undertones, which isn't what you want.)
6. Roll a smallish piece of modelling clay into a long skinny roll. Twist around skewer. Repeat with a second piece. This mimics the look of a vine.
7. Now paint the modelling clay “vines” in the same mossy green as the skewer stem. Let dry. Don't worry about getting paint on the floral foam as it will be covered by moss.
8. To age your pots (whether terra cotta or bamboo!), sparingly dry brush on a little of the mossy green paint in various places. Then dry brush on white, blending white and green together in some spots. Let dry. (My plastic painting plate looked rather mixed up and messy during this process.)
9. Finally apply hot glue to the top of the floral foam and cover with moss. Be sure to get the moss all down in beside the floral foam too. (When it looks full and the foam is covered, you can spray it with hairspray to help keep the moss from falling out all over the place every time the plant gets bumped!)
And there you have it, DIY topiary trees made entirely from supplies found at the dollar store!
Which means each tree only cost about $5 (with paint and such leftover for other projects)!
Are you a topiary tree fan? Can you grow real plants indoors? Have you found any good supplies at the dollar store lately?
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