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Get Creative! Do it Yourself
September 15, 2010

How-To Tips from The Do-It-Yourself

Simple Topiary

This doesn’t get much easier and it makes a lovely centerpiece or thoughtful gift for any occasion. It’s easily transportable, so why not deliver it to a friend or loved one in the hospital?


My pot came from the 99 cent store, but you could use a terra cotta or galvanized pot, or just about anything watertight to hold your floral foam. I really like the way this pot picks up the lime green in the flowers. Presoak your foam and cut it to fit your container. I gathered up four or five stems of royal blue, mop head hydrangea and inserted a few luscious orange roses. I think this color combination is spectacular. The flowers were secured with a couple of rubber bands and inserted into the foam. I covered the foam with variegated bush ivy. Of course, just about any foliage would do the trick. You could even use Spanish or reindeer moss. Finally, I repeated the floral elements at the base and finished off the design with a festive bow. Once you’ve collected your materials, you can create this gorgeous arrangement in about 20 minutes.

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