DIY Boxwood Topiary

January 28, 2013

faux boxwood topiary

Okay, so this is a recycle project to the max.You all know how much I love topiaries, just not their ridiculous cost. So I either find them at Goodwill or I make them myself! And you totally can, too. Just look around and "shop" your house and you might be surprised to find that you already have what it takes. 

This time the project involved two home decor items that had both seen better days. One was a faux red berry topiary I bought at Target almost 10 years ago.It served its purpose well for a number of years collecting dust on the mantel until I just plain got tired of it. So into the basement it went.

The other old decor item was a Colonial Williamsburg above-the-door apple, pineapple, boxwood and magnolia leaf wreath that Mr. CBD had bought for me as a gift.

Longstanding Tradition

Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Wreaths of Colonial Williamsburg

The one in the picture is not exactly like mine but it's close enough. I was in love with it. But it hung over our front door for almost 9 years and it was time or it to go. I pulled off each apple and boxwood leaf, ending up with 30 faux apples and tons of boxwood. The apples were put away for another day. But I rinsed the dust off the faux boxwood and it ended up looking like this.

faux boxwood leaves

Here's the original berry topiary mid-transformation after pulling most of the berries off of it.

faux red berries grapevine ball topiary

And of course they were set aside for another day.

green ceramic flower pot reindeer moss grapevine ball topiary

Here it is "naked" waiting for some boxwood and reindeer moss love.I just pushed the boxwood leaves pretty willy nilly through the openings in the grapevine orb and voila.

full round faux boxwood leaves topiary green ceramic flower pot reindeer moss

large ball faux plastic boxwood leaves topiary

I think it looks strangely similar to some of these, don't you?

{$49.90 for a 9" diameter ball}

Then I added some Dollar Tree reindeer moss to the base just to finish it off.

topiary base reindeer moss green ceramic flower pot

So there you have it. Colonial Williamsburg and Target combined to make one Ballard Designs-worthy topiary. What do you have lying around that might just be topiary-worthy? 

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 DIY Boxwood Topiary 
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Glenda/MidSouth said...

You did good, and saved a lot of money!

Anita at Cedar Hill said...

Impressive, you did an awesome job!! You are so good and doing the knock offs.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Perfect! Don't you love using what you already have? Love it.

Jamie-So Much Better With Age said...

You did a great job! I love re-using stuff ;) I'm a new follower.

At Home in English Valley said...

Gorgeous as usual! All those apples...I see a project in your future! Have a great weekend my friend. Love, Penny

momto8 said...

you have a beautiful touch!!

Peggy said...

That was a great reuse of that boxwood. Good looking faux boxwood is hard to find. Nice job.

Anonymous said...

Love your idea. Thank you for sharing.

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