If you are looking for some fall topiary ideas for adding fall decor to your home, you have come to the right place! I have been busy making three different topiaries for fall. This is just the first one! You can make any of these just like I have shown you, or you can add your own twist to them! That is what I always like about crafting over buying my holiday decorations. I like that I can customize items exactly the way I want them. You can do the same thing!
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Select a container:
You will need to find a container that will accommodate the styrofoam cone you will use for the base for your topiary. I selected this cream colored traditional pot. You may have to do a little shopping to find something that is the right size and the style that you are looking for.
For this particular container, you will want to put a piece of styrofoam into the bottom of the container to raise up the cone you are using for your base. Wedge that in securely.
You can select whatever size styrofoam cone you want to build your topiary. I used a 17.9″ cone for my topiary.
When you set your cone into your container, if it is not wedged in securely, you will need to do something to secure it. You can see from the photo below that there is space between the cone and the edge of the container.
One way to make the cone more secure is to wedge come pieces of styrofoam between the foam and the edge of the container. Another option is to use a wooden skewer and push it through the edge of the cone and down into the styrofoam that is wedged in the bottom of the container. You can always use both methods to make your base for your topiary more secure.
Build your topiary on your base:
One of the things I always pick up this time of year to have on hand all year long is these 15′ garlands from the Dollar Tree. If you are a regular crafter, you will find many uses for these one dollar garlands.
Unwind your garland and wrap it loosely around the cone. Secure the garland into the cone with greening pins.
Wind the garland up to the top and then back down to the bottom. If there are places where it is particularly loose, just squeeze it to the styrofoam and secure it with the pins. You should not need to use more than eight or ten greening pins to attach the garland to your cone.
These are the greening pins you will want to have on hand to attach the garland and to use to attach some of the other things to your cone.
Here is the best part! Check out these colorful maple leaf fall garlands that light up! Here is one turned on and one not. They look beautiful either way!
You are going to use those greening pins to attach those garlands to the styrofoam cone.
Make sure that you allow enough cord to let the battery pack to set down on the tabletop. Attach the garlands distributing them evenly around the cone.
When you have both of the garlands on your cone, it should looks something like this pictured below. Yes, it does not exactly look like a topiary shape. It looks a little shapeless at this point. Not to worry, we are going to fix this.
Make sure that you do not puncture one of the cords with one of the greening pins. Now you can begin to fill in the rest of your topiary with additional fall decor. The easiest way to add further decorations is to use florals with stiff stems that can be easily pushed into the styrofoam.
Something you want to add that does not have a stiff stem can easily be added by using a piece of a wooden skewer. Cut the leaf from the branch that it is on and lay it up next to the piece of the skewer. (Alternatively you can use a very stiff piece of floral wire, but you may have trouble getting it into your foam.)
Use floral tape to secure the leaf to the skewer as shown below.
Begin adding additional fall leaves and florals from the bottom and moving up from there.
To add pumpkins to your topiary, simply stick a skewer into the bottom of your pumpkin. You can use wire cutters to cut the skewer short and then stick it into the styrofoam where you want it.
When you have added most everything you want to add to your topiary, it will be time to make sure you have shaped your topiary. One way to do that is to tuck some of the leaves of the illuminated garland behind some of the items like the pumpkins or other picks on your topiary.
Towards the top of your topiary you may need to fold some of your leaves and secure the leaves that you have folded to the cone like shown below.
The reason to do this is to make sure your topiary does not have leaves sticking out in all directions up at the top of your topiary. This is one way to give it a proper shape.
When you have the shape you want, make sure you add some leaves, pumpkins or other florals to cover up the wires. Once again, make sure you do not stick anything through the wires of your light up garlands. Fortunately, they are battery operated and not electric, but you don’t want to ruin them.
Here is my finished topiary on my mantel. Now I have decided I need to order a couple more of the light up garlands to add to my mantel. They will add a lovely glow in the evenings.
Supplies for making this topiary:
- Cream Floral Medallion Flower Pot
- Maple Leaf Lighted Garland
- Greening Pins
- Small white pumpkins
- Styrofoam cones
If you like this, you may also like this fall arrangement that can be made in an hour or less!