DIY moss topiary

Have you noticed the topiary trend??  I’ve seen them in crates all in row, as centerpieces on the dining room table, in the master bedroom, in the entryway, all over the front porch, possibilities are endless!  I love the little ball topiaries, you can stack them on candlesticks, in tins, in jars, in buckets.  And you can find them everywhere!  What about height though?  I experimented and came up with this moss topiary The total cost for this easy DIY moss topiary was less than $6, we’re all about saving money on home decor to save money on important purchases, like power tools (;

DIY topiary

Very little supplies are needed.  You’ll need an urn or vase (ours was recycled from this candy corn tree but we see them often at Ross, TJ Maxx and even JoAnn’s), a styrofoam cone, green acrylic paint, spray adhesive and fake moss.  Optional: a dowel, bakers twine and decoupage if you’d like it taller.

DIY topiary

First you’ll paint your cone green (we used Americana’s Kelly Green which should be spelled Kelli Green, haha!).  When it’s dry, coat the cone with your adhesive (we used 3M Super 77) and stick the moss to it evenly. Warning: your hands will get really sticky but will wash right off with soap!  To keep it from shedding, give it a light coat of spray adhesive one more time, it will stop all the little moss bits from falling every time you move it around.

DIY topiary

If you like the taller look and want to add some color, dowels wrapped in bakers twine will do the trick.  Coat a dowel in decoupage, wrap it in bakers twine and insert it into the bottom of the cone and in the center of your urn. Quickly adds height if you have taller shelves and want to fill space.

Inexpensive DIY topiary!

Pretty darn easy, friends! I will be making more of these with different shaped stryofoam pieces I find at hobby stores.

Easy DIY topiary

See how easy that was? It took less than half an hour and my 4 year old liked helping me paint…until she realized how sticky the adhesive was!  These are great for year round decor and especially for spring! Pair it with additional moss balls (these are from Rod Works) and a ceramic bird for easy year round decor.

Quick DIY topiary!

or even a silly bunny you score at a thrift shop…

Easy spring DIY topiary!

Looking for more affordable home decor ideas?  Check out our DIY projects list, lots to inspire you!

Lolly Jane
Meet Kelli & Kristi, twin sisters and authors of Lolly Jane. We are two busy wives + mommas who are makers of all things pretty. From signs to home decor and holiday crafts or redoing furniture in between soccer practices, we do it all all while armed with an ice cold Diet Coke. Join us in our DIY adventures! XOXO
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  • Mariel @ Or so she says... - Great tutorial! A topiary can be so expensive, so it’s totally clever to make your own. Love it! Pinned and everything else. :)ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Eikenberg - I’m loving these topiaries! Thank you so much for sharing the how-to and they look wonderful! Pinning and enjoy the rest of your week!ReplyCancel

  • Shannah @ Just Us Four - I love topiaries but they are always so pricey. This is a great tutorial on how to get the same look for a whole lot less.

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  • Sharon - Love this, and all for 30 minutes and $6? Fabulous! Pinning, tweeting & sharing! Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog - What beautiful additions to a space! And simple too! (My kind of project! ;) I popped over from The DIY Dreamer–thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)ReplyCancel

  • day2day SuperMom - Ha! I love that silly bunny ~ so cute! I’ve been crushing on these moss balls too but sometimes they are RIDICULOUSLY expensive! This was a fun tutorial, thanks for sharing (diy dreamer)! Pin’d and making very soon!ReplyCancel

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