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About the Topiary

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


One of my readers recently asked about the topiary in our family room and it reminded me that I never shared the new and improved topiary with you.

If you have been following my blog for a while you might remember this project when I made my first attempt at DIY topiary.


I lived with it like this until I couldn't take it any more.  Finally I picked up a few bunches of faux boxwood at Hobby Lobby hoping to make the scale a little better.

I don't have a picture of the steps, but here is what I did...

The faux boxwood comes in long branches and I cut off the individual stems because I wanted my topiary to be full and to scale.  Once I had all of the pieces cut ( I think it took 1 1/2- 2 branches per topiary) I began hot gluing the ends and placing the boxwood into the foam ball until it was filled in.




21 comments:

  1. Your puppy looks great! I love topiaries, this will go on my to do list!
    Thanks,Debbie

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  2. Love that analogy Rene! So pretty.....even I could keep that one "alive" :)

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  3. So pretty! I love the fuller look! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. i love the new look! it looks like a perky, peppy puppy now!

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  5. It's such a great vignette. It's all pulled together so nicely and the topiary is the perfect amount of height and texture.

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  6. Love your topiary! A simple project with a big bang.

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  7. It's got life and a great color and the size is more balanced...a good-looking topiary.

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  8. I am liking this "puppy" better! I have attempted making a topiary before, mine are always so lop sided..Yours looks wonderful!

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  9. Charming vignette and the topiary looks great now.

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  10. Ooooh, aahh, I love topiaries! Yours looks great...I wanna make one!

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  11. LOL! It looks amazing now. I hear people talking about holly lobby all the time. In my area we only have Micheals - - which don't care faux boxwood at all.

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  12. Very clever, Rene. A beautiful topiary!

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  13. Looks really great!! I bought the ones from Ballard and was really disappointed. Should probably try your method.

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  14. I never would have thought that it was DIY. It looks really great!

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  15. What a great idea - it makes a big difference and is the perfect size now.

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  16. Love it and I want to try my hand at it sometime. I hope mine turns out as nice as yours!

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  17. What size is the foam ball you used? What did your finished diameter end up being? How much faux boxwood did it take?

    I've got a boxwood topiary project that I want to do and am trying to figure out what all materials to purchase.

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  18. Stephanie, the foam ball was about 5". The finished ball is 10". One topiary required 1 1/2 branches of boxwood. I hope this helps.

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