January 28, 2013

DIY 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. You can see a few of my priors HERE and HERE.

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 for 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.

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

And of course they were set aside for another day.

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.

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.


So there you have it. 

Colonial Williamsburg
combined to make  
Ballard Designs-worthy
What do you have lying around that might just be topiary-worthy?  


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Glenda/MidSouth said...

You did good, and saved a lot of money!

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch 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 -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

Annmarie Pipa 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.


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