Friday, September 24, 2010

Topiary Fun!

We're getting married in front of a large, double-sided, stone fireplace. I decided to make two pink peony topiaries to set on the left and right ledges of the fireplace.

I set out, purchased, and gathered the following materials:
  • Two 6 inch foam balls (JoAnn Fabric)
  • Two white pots (Menards)
  • Silk pink peony sprays (JoAnn Fabric)
  • Floral foam (Dollar Tree)
  • One bag of Spanish Moss (Michael's)
  • Bundle of 5 twisted willow branches (JoAnn Fabric)
  • Scotchgard (Walmart)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Tape measure
  • Hedge clippers
  • Knife

Instructions for how to make one topiary:

1. Take the peony heads off of the stems.

2. Begin placing some of the peonies in the foam ball to determine spacing.

3. After determining spacing, remove the peonies.

4. Begin applying hot glue to the green tip of peony and inserting it in the pre-made hole.

5. Continue step 4 until the entire ball is covered with peonies.

6. Insert 4 floral foam pieces into the pot

7. Determine the center of the pot and insert a bundle of twisted willow branches into the floral foam.

8. Use the remaining 4 floral foam pieces to secure the willow branches in the pot. You may need to use your knife to cut the foam to fit.

9. With your tape measure, measure 16 inches up the willow branches and make a notch with your scissors or knife.

10. With your hedge clippers, chop off the willow branches above your notch.

11. Take your peony ball and insert it on top of the willow branches, making at least a 1 inch hole in the foam.

12. Insert hot glue into hole in foam in peony ball and immediately place on top of willow branches. Hold it in place for a few minutes, allowing the glue to dry.

13. Lay the Spanish moss over the floral foam in the pot, covering it so that the floral foam is not visible. If you wish to secure the moss, glue it to the floral foam using the glue gun.

Here is the breakdown of the expenses:
2 white pots: $12.00
2 stryofoam balls: $5.00
4 bundles of silk pink peonies: $37.52
4 packages of 4 pieces of floral foam: $4.00
1 bag of Spanish moss: $2.50
2 bundles of 4 willow branches: $2.50
TOTAL: $63.52 for two... $31.76 each

Yeah, I know, they were kind of pricey. But I can use them as a decor piece in our home after the wedding, or I can sell them with my other wedding items and hopefully recoup some of the costs. Plus, when my florist mentioned topiaries for our ceremony she quoted me $65-$155 per topiary (although they would be larger), so I think I definitely saved when looking at it from that perspective.


  1. how much were your peonies per bloom? I was pricing them today at Hobby Lobby...

  2. I purchased them from JoAnn Fabric. They are regular $12.99 for a bundle of 10, but they were buy one, get one half off.

  3. I love these! So beautiful. I found my next project! Thanks!

  4. So could totally use these for Spring/Summer or Valentine's Day decor after the wedding! Congrats and good luck!

  5. Thanks for the ideas! I think it will be hard to part with them because they're so pretty. :)

  6. Saw these over at a little lovely! So beautiful : )

  7. These are fantastic!! love the DIY!


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