Christmas Tree Topiary
A foam cone and a roll of green burlap were going to make my base. I wanted my trees to be tall for my mantel, so I selected these 24″ cones.
I cut my burlap and wrapped it around the cone and secured it with “S” pins. I tried not to have very much of the burlap wrap over top of itself so that I only had a single layer of the burlap to attach my greenery to.
Beginning at the bottom, I pinned pieces of artificial cedar to my tree form.
Having begun a the base, I continued working my way up the tree.
Eventually, I added some additional mixed faux greenery and added in some lambs’ ears and eucalyptus to give my trees a little bit of a gray look to them. When adding some of the individual wreaths, I did use a little bit of hot glue for securing them.
Here was my tree before I began trimming it. The little pinecones were part of some of the faux greenery sprays that I cut apart to add to my tree.
I took small ornaments and added a little drop of hot glue to the caps of each ornament to make sure they didn’t pop off of their caps. I used an “S” pin threaded through the top of each ornament to be able to push them into the Styrofoam tree.
My Dad helped out and drilled holes in little white seashells for me to attach to my tree along with small ornaments in the same colors as those I used in my mantelpiece. Almost ready!
These urns came from hobby Lobby. I have used them for Halloween and thought that I would just add a little bit of white spray paint to give them an antique look. They still weren’t right, so I went with silver metallic paint for a festive look. I wedged a sturdy block of styrofoam in the bottom of my urn and then wedged two smaller pieces on either side of a dowel rod 1/2″ in diameter and 18″ tall. After gluing a piece of green felt to the base of my tree, it was carefully pushed down over the dowel rod. I put a layer of sheet moss over the styrofoam.Every tree needs a star on the top, but for a coastal tree, a starfish! A heavy weight wire was glued to the back of a starfish and then pushed down into the top of the tree.
I can’t wait to get my second tree finished and add my garland! I am decorating with a coastal feel, but you could decorate your topiary any way you would like!