Hey everyone! It’s been a busy week here at My Wee Abode (as always), but not so busy that I couldn’t sneak-in a quick project. This one actually took less than 45 minutes! Today, I’m going to show you how to make a topiary tree with Lamb’s Ear!
I have always thought topiary trees are a beautiful addition to any home! Have you seen these at your local home and décor stores? Well, I have, and they can be a little pricey! Boxwood, olive branches, moss, just to name a few varieties! But, I wanted to make mine a bit different.
You can see more “different” at My Word of the Year with a Twist and DIY Coastal Wooden Bead Garland posts!
I love Lamb’s Ear. The soft fuzzy leaves and stem, the silvery-blue-green color… it kinda shouts ‘coastal farmhouse’ to me. Maybe even a little cottage-style! I think the color and texture transitions well from summer to fall, too. So, I decided I would learn how to make a topiary tree with Lamb’s Ear! Let’s do this together!
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WHAT YOU NEED
Some of these items I’ve collected over time on little shopping trips, but, for your convenience, I will link up the items that are similar to what I used.
- Lamb’s Ear branches (Note: I bought mine at Hobby Lobby, 50% off, and I was VERY happy with the quality)
- Lamb’s Ear Floral picks (optional… you can cut another branch up and use those, too)
- White Floral tape (Again, Hobby Lobby, with a coupon)
- 5” Styrofoam Ball (Just go to Dollar Tree, $1)
- 4” Floral Foam Squares (Again, Dollar Tree, $1)
- White rock (PLEASE, go to Dollar Tree, if not just for this!)
- 6” Terra Cotta Pot, or any pot you like (I bought mine at Michael’s in the spring… I can’t find anything online like it… sorry)
- Glue Gun and glue sticks
(Keeping it real here… with buying my items from Dollar Tree, and all the other items being on sale, I made TWO of these topiary trees for a total of $22.00, with plenty of materials left for more projects. That’s a steal!)
CREATING THE TREE
- Take the branch and stand it up just outside the pot. Adjust for the height you would like and cut off the excess at the bottom. (See the branch cut below)
- Using the floral tape, add the extra sprigs of Lamb’s Ear to the top of the branch. This is optional, but I wanted it a bit fuller than just the branch. I also took the last stem of leaves on the branch and taped it to the ‘trunk’ (see the photo below)… again, this is optional… you make it ‘yours’. (Note: Floral tape is stretchy and can be a little ‘delicate’… It sometimes tears off while using it. It’s fine… just go back a little from where it tore off and start over. Try it… it works because it sticks to itself!)
- Place the floral square in the bottom of the pot to use as a ‘filler’.
- Place the Styrofoam ball at the top, and mark around the perimeter for a cutting pattern.
- Using a sharp knife (or whatever you find works best for cutting foam… this is what I had), follow the mark around the foam and score the marks first, then cut around, a bit deeper each time as you go around (it took me two times around to cut completely through). Place the foam dome (LOL) inside the pot.
- Because using the large branch to make the first hole is bit tricky, use the piece of the ‘trunk’ that was cut off and carefully pushed it down through the middle of the foam. Then remove it.
- Take your glue gun and ‘shoot’ some glue down the hole, and immediately take your tree and push it in after the glue. Then, add some additional glue around the top of the foam where the tree is based at.
- Here’s a little added trick! You can make these trees interchangeable! So, if you want to put an olive topiary in at another time, all you have to do is pop out the Lamb’s Ear, make an olive branch tree, and pop it in! Easy peasy!
- Now just add the rock… and voila! Pretty easy to learn how to make a topiary tree with Lamb’s Ear, huh?
I love the way the terra cotta color compliments the silvery blue-green leaves!
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Love the color (have I said that before? 😉 )… and how the light bounces off and through the leaves!
My Wooden Farmhouse Bead Garland making another appearance!
That light, though!!!!
Love these starfish that I picked up from HomeGoods!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you decide to try your hand at this easy and, dare I say, beautiful craft, I would love for you to share a photo of it on my Facebook Page! Also, let me know what you think in the comments below!
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