You might not have the skills required to create beautiful, outdoor topiaries using hedge trimmers and clippers but, no matter who you are, you have all the skills you need to create a Christmas tree topiary that can become a large table centerpiece, a tiny mantle decoration, or a tree that stands, year-round, in a corner of the room.
Purchase a Styrofoam to get started on your Christmas tree topiary. You can make the topiary as large or small as you want depending upon the size of Styrofoam cone you buy. You’ll find them in many different sizes at a craft store. If you don’t find one as small as you’d like simply cut the top end off of a larger one. If you don’t find a cone as tall as you want you can always order larger ones online.
Choose a pot that is proportionate to the size of cone you have. In addition to the plant pot you’ll also need a wooden dowel. Again, purchase a dowel that is proportionate to the cone. The dowel will become the trunk of the Christmas tree so keep that in mind when selecting the dowel for the cone size. You’ll need a ball of Styrofoam to complete the list of craft items needed to make the Christmas tree topiary.
Use hot glue to affix the Styrofoam ball inside the plant pot. If it won’t quite fit simply cut off a section of it. Paint the dowel or use it in its unfinished condition. Push it into the center of the ball. Remove it, squirt hot glue into the hole, then reposition the dowel in the hole.
Push the flat side of the cone onto the dowel. Push the dowel in as far as you want. If you push the dowel deep into the cone you’ll have a shorter tree trunk than if you don’t. Keep in mind that, if you push the dowel in too far, you could crack or break the cone.
Cover the Styrofoam with nearly anything you want. Make a tree you’ll display only at Christmas by wrapping and gluing on garland or rope tinsel. Attach a star at the top. Make a tree to display anytime, in a girl’s room, by wrapping the cone with a feather boa. You can even make a garland tree that you can display year-round. Use miniatures and other things to decorate it in different manners to suggest a Christmas theme, Halloween theme, Easter theme or an everyday theme.
Decorate the Styrofoam ball in the pot according to the design you did on the cone. If you used garland, for example, you could wrap a length of garland around the inside of the pot to conceal the Styrofoam. Use other things, like Spanish moss, bark chips or similar items, to finish the look you’ve created for the topiary.
Indoor topiaries can be displayed in many areas of the home. The cone shape makes it easy to create a Christmas topiary but, depending upon how you decorate it, the tree topiary can become a regular part of the room’s décor. They’re lovely!