I have been wanting to make a Christmas ornament topiary for some time, but have found it difficult to find the right combination of ornaments. I finally settled on these red and gold ones and went to work! To tell the truth, I have had these ornaments for a few weeks now, but on this particular day my Mother informed me that my Dad had been feisty, and didn’t I have a project for him! This is what sometimes happens when your parents live in the apartment above your garage.
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It is always surprising to look back at a project and realize that I forgot to take a picture of the ornaments before I began working on them! Choose a selection of at least three graduated sizes of ornaments, using shatterproof or plastic ornaments for your topiary.
My Dad simply pulled the tops off of the ornaments. Some came off easier than others. I could have drilled the holes, but thought that melting a hole might be a better way to make the holes to accommodate the half inch dowel rod that I used to support my topiary. I had an old glue gun that I made sure had no glue in. I turned the glue gun in and held it against the ornament until a hole began to be melted through the shell of the ornament. This is what I have, not really all that pretty, but this will be hidden when the ornaments are stacked together. If any plastic builds up on the outside of the ornament, use the hot glue gun to melt it and a box cutter to scrape it off so that the ornaments can fit together tightly. You can see that my second ornament had a ridge that needed to be removed. I used a combination of melting and box cutter to remove that so that the ornaments would fit tightly. If you scratch your ornaments at all or can’t get them snug enough, you can always add some glitter or decorative beads to hide and irregularities.
Truth be told, I am very happy to have my Mom and Dad so close by and to have my Dad’s help with some of my projects.
I am going to put my topiary in one of my urns by my front door. I usually have sansevieria in these pots, but I pulled them out and put them in the back yard for the holiday season.
This is how the inside of my urn looks, the foam and the rocks surround my plant when it is in the urn, for this application, I wedged a square of styrofoam firmly into the urn.
This is how my topiary looks. If not holding the bottom ornament, they would slide right down the dowel. The dowel I used is three feet long. I did not have to cut mine, but you might have to trim one down depending upon the depth of the container you are putting your topiary into.
I could simply push my dowel down through the cube of styrofoam and down to the bottom of the urn. I found that my urn was not quite deep enough to support my topiary where I wanted it, so I added two small blocks of dry floral foam, one in front and one in the back of my topiary. I added a garland to the base of the topiary, tucking it into the urn so it will not come loose.
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Styrofoam Cube – Amazon
Christmas Ornaments -Michael’s
Garland – Michael’s
Dowel – Michael’s