DIY Eucalyptus Topiary by Darlene Schacht
A few weeks back, I happened upon this faux eucalyptus at Walmart, and I knew that I had to pick up a few stems. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I knew that I loved it. The leaves are oversized, and the color is amazing.
I had to have it in my house in some form or another, so after looking at it for about a week, I finally decided to make a little topiary tree. If you don’t have this exact plant, I would check to see what you have at Walmart or the Dollar store. I’m sure that several stem plants would work just the same.
The first thing I did was I laid the stems out side by side at different heights, and then I tied them together with twine. Once they were fastened together well, I trimmed the bottom of the stems even.
If you’ve never used a floral foam before, let me tell you–you’re going to love it. They are amazing for projects like this. Once I decided what size I wanted the sponge, I cut it to size and put it into the pot. It wasn’t really necessary to put the small pieces beside it, but they were left over anyway. Once the sponge was in place, I pushed the stems into the sponge.
These sponges are made for this, and they hold well. Even a topiary as large as mine held up without any problems at all.
Next up, I wanted to cover the plastic stems so they didn’t look so fake. It took me a while to figure it out, but I finally decided to cover it with moss. Using my glue gun, I covered a small area at a time, burning my hand as I was going along (LOL).
Once the moss was all glued in place, I trimmed it nicely so it didn’t look as wild.
Finally I bent the stems to form as much as a round shape as I could, and voila–I had myself a 3ft topiary tree.
About the Author:
Darlene and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve raised four children and have welcomed two grand children into their family.
She began her publishing journey about fourteen years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
Being the youngest of six girls in a house without boys gave Darlene the opportunity to watch, to listen, and to learn what it takes to manage an organized house.
My P31 Home is a warm blend of Darlene’s writing and love for a comfy, pretty, and organized home. It’s a small corner of the world where faith, family, and home come together in one beautiful place.
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