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DIY Christmas Ornament Topiary

Christmas Ornament Topiary

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This has been a popular and requested post for me to re-share.  These ornaments are on sale now, so get some and make your own custom Christmas ornament topiary! 

Back in November of 2015….

I had been wanting to make a Christmas ornament topiary for a long time, and finally a couple of years ago I found the right combination of ornaments to create mine!  I finally settled on these red and gold ornaments and went to work!  To tell the truth, I had these ornaments for a few weeks before I began this project, 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.  Easy DIY Ornament Topiary for a bargain price!

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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.

DIY Christmas Ornament TopiaryMy Dad simply pulled the tops off of the ornaments.  Some came off easier than others.  DIY Christmas Ornament TopiaryI 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.  DIY Christmas Ornament TopiaryThis 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.  DIY Christmas Ornament TopiaryYou 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.  DIY Christmas Ornament Topiary

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.

DIY Christmas Ornament TopiaryI 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.  DIY Christmas Ornament Topiary 

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.  DIY Christmas Ornament Topiary


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.

DIY Christmas Ornament Topiary

I could simply push my dowel down through the cube of styrofoam and down to the bottom of the urn.  DIY Christmas Ornament TopiaryI 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.  DIY Christmas Ornament TopiaryI added a garland to the base of the topiary, tucking it into the urn so it will not come loose.  DIY Christmas Ornament Topiary

Make your own topiary for a fraction of the cost of the catalog versions, and get to pick your own colors and styles!



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  1. Chloe, I love these. I just purchased some of these (completed) after lusting over them in a catalog for years. Having your dad to be able to help you make these is wonderful, and they turned out very nice, at a fraction of the cost!

    1. Thank you Rita! I just couldn’t bring myself to pay what they are asking for them! Having my dad close by is such a blessing and he really likes having projects to work on…he keeps me hopping!

      1. Remember last year when I said I ordered those topiaries? Well, they never came, and I eventually canceled the order. I think with your inspiration, I could make those. Thank you. Now, where did my get up and go GO??!
        Happy Thanksgiving. 😉

    2. audrey bryan says:

      They are beautiful.

  2. Chloe, I have always loved the ornament topiaries in the high-end catalogs. But, yours IS just as beautiful.. and your Dad helped…love this!

  3. Looks great, Chloe! Very ingenious! I am so impressed.
    I could use your Dad around my house. He would never be bored there is so much to catch up on.

    1. Thank you Bonnie! It is fun to have him close and my Mom always appreciates when I give him a chore!

  4. Thank you Louise…The dowel is 1/2 diameter, 36 inches long. The one on the bottom is an 8″ ornament, the next two are 6″ ornaments. The ornament on the top is about 5″ tall. I hope that helps!

    1. Louise Adams says:

      Thank you Chloe for your help. I can’t wait to get started!
      By the way, I love the name Chloe.

  5. What are the sizes of the 4 ornaments?

    1. Thank you so much, I really agonized over the colors and arrangement. I hope you have fun creating your own and please share pictures of your results!

  6. Lynn Kirouac says:

    This is so beautiful that I had to go shopping right away to get all the items to make it. But I am afraid to start it as I don’t know how you stopped the top ornament from falling off. Can you share your secret please and thank you?

    1. there is no problem with the top coming off, as it rests on the dowel. If you are concerned about it, you can simply turn the top ornament upside down, squeeze some hot glue into it and then stick the dowel into it and hold it until the glue has secured it.

      1. Lynn Kirouac says:

        Thank you. Our front porch is in a windy area and the plastic ornaments are so light in weight that I would worry the top one could take flight in the wind. So hot glue it is!

        1. Maybe a brick inside the planter, so it wouldn’t tip over in the wind.

  7. What a cute idea! I love that your father is hands on for things like this. I didn’t imagine that you cold get a dowel up through them but your method worked perfectly.

  8. Nanci Glenn says:

    Love this! What size are the ornaments and where did you buy them??

  9. Very clever and beautiful!

  10. Loved this the last time you showed it. Hopefully, this year I will get around to making it. Competition is stiff in our neighborhood at Christmas-and they started early this year. Finding the onion type/sphere ornament on top was a challenge last year when I was making an arrangement.
    I love that your dad helps out.

  11. I just signed up and LOVE the topiary!!! Plan to make it!!!

  12. Heather Nicole says:

    Where did you find ornaments that large? We can’t find them anywhere We love yours!!!

    1. I find them at some different locations… At Home, Home Depot, Walmart, etc. Good luck!

  13. This is so pretty! It makes me want to change my holiday planters now. LOL Pinned 🙂

  14. Thrilled to see you at TTA this week, Chloe… and this Christmas ornament topiary is just amazing! I’ll be featuring you this week! 😉

  15. Chloe you are such a creative person. This is such a wonderful idea, and having your parents around is indeed such a blessing. Growing up my dad was always the one preparing for Christmas as he was very handy as well. Can’t say how much I miss him. This is a beautiful project. Keep calm and continue to be creative. Happy Holidays!

  16. Using a hot glue gun to bore the hole in the ornament is so ingenious and the finished product looks very expensive.

    1. Thanks so much Sandra! They do look almost as good as the ones that cost over $100! Merry Christmas dear friend!

  17. Elizabeth Roche says:

    Hi these are fabulous I have been trying to purchase large christmas baubles sent away to amazon uk the were tiny they not always put size on sent them back hopefully by this year be able to get them plus tree topper. Scotland don’t do large getting a bit better hopefully this year

  18. These DIY are suuper cool and amazing am so happy to read it you made my day
    These diy made my day ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    Thank you so much

  19. Hi Chloe – Beautiful! Thanks for showing this. — Last year after Christmas in our Michael’s store, there were 2 large bins of the oversized plastic ornaments – on sale – steep discount! I thought “score!!”. So I bought several with a topiary in mind. I thought about it all year but still have not started. I couldn’t come up with a way to make those holes. I was afraid drilling would shatter them but I couldn’t think how to melt it. Super clever idea about using the glue gun without glue! I’m going to try that. And maybe I’ll try my dremel on some of them instead. Sooooo clever you are! Thank-you!

    1. Thank you, and you are welcome!! I hope you have been able to build your own topiary!! I always ended up cracking my ornaments when I used a drill or a dremel. Share a picture!!

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