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Mini flower pot for home: Topiary for people who don’t have a green thumb–

Garden, Home and garden  |  August 24th 2011  |  0 Comment

Mini flower pot for home:  Topiary for people who don’t have a green thumb–

Craft for home

My grandfather, who I was very close to growing up, was a gifted licensed gardener. His backyard was a beautiful Japanese style garden. He was very knowledgable about agriculture. He grew all sorts of vegetables and flowers. He made it look easy. Unfortunately I did not inherit his talent. I would love to be like him and have attempted many times. It so far has not worked! I still love to have green in my house, so I decided to make a topiary out of fake greenery stems a few years ago. I’ve made several since then, today I picked out greenery stems with tiny white flowers and decided to make a tutorial for anyone like me who doesn’t have a green thumb.

First you will need a container, foam, artificial plants (two stems), glue gun, wire cutters, a knife to cut the foam, and fake soil. If you can’t find fake soil, you can always use dry moss.

Cut the foam to fit the container. You want to be careful, if it is too loose it will fall out eaily and make a mess.

Cut it so that you have to push the foam a bit to get it all in. I’ve been told to glue the foam to the container, but my method allows me to change the topiary easily.
The stems I bought were too long for this project so I cut them off. When you cut the stems keep in mind you need to keep enough of the stem to insert into the foam until it reaches the bottom. Use the glue gun to secure the stems. Wait until it drys before continuing on.
Here is what mine looks like before I bent the stems down.
To secure the stems together I took branches from each stem and intertwined them around the base stems.

Take the ends of both plants and intertwine them together to form a circle. Then I braided the other branches around the main stems.

Here I was working on some loose ends. Trying to get it to look just right.

I used this fake soil to cover up the foam. I bought this a long time ago, so I don’t know if stores carry this one anymore, but you could always use dried moss. You can find dried moss at craft stores.

Place the fake dirt on the foam and gently press in. If you are using dried moss, take a little at a time and use the glue gun to secure them to the foam.

There, you now have a pretty topiary that you don’t need to worry about, it will never die!

Source: tearosehome.blogspot.com