I just love live topiaries! But unfortunately, I have a problem keeping them alive inside the house. I tried this recently and love how it turned out, so I want to show you how to make a topiary with live boxwood cuttings.
supplies for a boxwood topiary
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terra cotta pot or vase/container of your choice
stick or dowel rod
stirofoam to fit container
hot glue gun
how to create a topiary with boxwood cuttings
First of all, you want to place a piece of stirofoam inside your container.
For this particular topiary, I used a planter and the stalk of a live topiary I already had, that had died.
But if you are starting fresh, you will cut a piece of stirofoam to fit in the bottom of your container. You might even want to hot glue it to the bottom of the pot, just for stability.
My topiary had a dowel stick placed next to the stalk, and the two were secured together with green floral tape.
I didn’t like the look of it, so I removed the green floral tape and replaced it with pieces of twine.
Next, you will insert your stick or dowel inside the center of the stirofoam. I would recommend securing that with a little hot glue, as well.
You don’t necessarily need to add a dowel stick beside your topiary stalk unless you are using a fairly small or flimsy stick. Then you might want it for stability.
adding your boxwood cuttings
Cut small pieces of the boxwood and begin attaching them one at a time to the base using floral tape.
Continue adding until you get the desired fullness you want.
Remember to keep turning the topiary as you work so that you get a nice even fullness all the way around.
The pictures above show the “in progress” of the topiary.
Throughout the process of adding boxwood branches, I occasionally added a bit of hot glue in addition to the floral tape to help secure the branches.
These photos are after I got the fullness I wanted for my topiary.
If the shape is irregular you can trim it to the desired shape you want. I wanted mine somewhat natural looking, so I didn’t do a lot of trimming.
When I was done adding my boxwood pieces, I finished the topiary off by glueing a bit of green moss around the base of the branches to hide the floral tape and any hot glue that might be showing.
I just left the dirt in my post exposed, but if you are starting with a new pot/topiary and using stirofoam, you can either fill the pot with dirt around the stirofoam or add a layer of moss to the top to cover the stirofoam.
the finished topiary with live boxwood cuttings
And that’s it! Super easy and inexpensive topiary.
I love how it turned out, and as I mentioned earlier, the boxwood will gradually dry out, but will look nice for quite a while.
I hope you enjoyed this post on how to make a topiary with live boxwood cuttings, and try one of your own.
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