How-To Create A Christmas Topiary
A Holiday DIY Project from Regular Contributor, Michelle James
Well, we are smack in the middle of the holiday season. I am slowly getting my decorating done, and will probably finish on Christmas Eve. I have wanted an outdoor Christmas topiary for a while now; so, this year I finally decided to make one.
How-to Create A Christmas Topiary
We had almost all of the supplies on hand for this project. The only thing I purchased was the large ornament from a home improvement store on sale for $7.99 and the set of 35 lights.
- Outdoor Pot – I used one I already had that wasn’t full of dirt.
- Saucer – This is a plastic saucer for pots and it happened to fit into the pot so it worked out perfectly. It was white so it got a coat of paint to help match it up with the pot a little better.
- Dowel – (or something similar) We had some PVC pipe left over from a lighting project and it was perfect.
- Filler – This is to fill the pot. In Iowa it gets pretty windy so some rocks went in as well. We also have a ton of foam insulation so that is what we used.
- Large Ornament
- Small ornaments
- Indoor/Outdoor Christmas Lights – I used a 35 pk.
I have to give credit where credit is due. Since my husband got his hours cut at work, he has been helping me A LOT with my projects. He actually got the first part of this done for me. He is a great guy and deserves the credit.
He removed the gold hanging element off the top of the large ornament so there would be a hole for the dowel/PVC pipe. I actually turned the ornament upside down so it would look like a tree.
He drilled a hole in the middle of the saucer and spray painted it brown to match the pot.
He used some rocks and some filler inside the pot around the dowel/PVC to help it stay upright along with the help of the saucer. Then placed the ornament onto the PVC.
It fit nicely. This is the saucer before he had it painted but I thought it was a genius idea. The lights and the ornaments had a nice place to sit now.
I placed the lights down first into the saucer and then placed the red ball ornaments on top of the lights around the large “tree”.
Then, all I had to do was plug it in. Doesn’t it look nice? And, it was super easy.
I added some LED lights (not a huge fan of the bright white) around a metal “trellis” instead of a tomato cage for a second tree. Bright white aside…
I just love it! What type of décor do you use outside during the holidays?
I hope you will come back to see my “warm and cozy” throw blankets on December 29th.
Enjoy your holiday!
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What a great Christmas topiary! I would love to make a couple of these for my front porch. Thanks for sharing.
I am glad you like it Alli. It was fun and is very festive!
Oh so pretty! It’s been great co-hosting the Home Matters Linky Party with you. Happy holidays! #HomeMattersParty
Really creative! I would never have thought of that. It makes a nice table decorations, even when it’s not Christmas!
This is so beautiful with the lights from below!
That is adorable!! Where did you find that ornament to use? I love that! #HomeMattersParty
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That was such a great find in the ornament and you turned it in to something fabulous. Great project. Now I will be on the lookout for a large ornament to make this for next year. #HomeMattersParty
I love this! I had a few Christmas topiaries that didn’t survive the move well… I’m inspired to make new ones now. #HomeMattersParty
This is such a cool way to make a Christmas topiary! It’s the perfect size for the porch, too. #HomeMattersParty