How To Make A Topiary With Live Boxwood Cuttings

I just love live topiaries! But unfortunately, I have a problem keeping them alive inside the house. I tried this recently and love how it turned out, so I want to show you how to make a topiary with live boxwood cuttings.

boxwood topiary in weathered terra cotta pot on entry table display

supplies for a boxwood topiary

supplies for making a boxwood topiary

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terra cotta pot or vase/container of your choice
stick or dowel rod
stirofoam to fit container
boxwood cuttings
floral tape
hot glue gun

how to create a topiary with boxwood cuttings

First of all, you want to place a piece of stirofoam inside your container.

For this particular topiary, I used a planter and the stalk of a live topiary I already had, that had died.

But if you are starting fresh, you will cut a piece of stirofoam to fit in the bottom of your container. You might even want to hot glue it to the bottom of the pot, just for stability.

My topiary had a dowel stick placed next to the stalk, and the two were secured together with green floral tape.

I didn’t like the look of it, so I removed the green floral tape and replaced it with pieces of twine.

woman showing how to make a topiary out of live boxwood cuttings aged terra cotta pot with real stick inside and boxwood cuttings secured to the stick with floral tape

Next, you will insert your stick or dowel inside the center of the stirofoam. I would recommend securing that with a little hot glue, as well.

You don’t necessarily need to add a dowel stick beside your topiary stalk unless you are using a fairly small or flimsy stick. Then you might want it for stability.

adding your boxwood cuttings

Cut small pieces of the boxwood and begin attaching them one at a time to the base using floral tape.

Continue adding until you get the desired fullness you want.

Remember to keep turning the topiary as you work so that you get a nice even fullness all the way around.

The pictures above show the “in progress” of the topiary.

Throughout the process of adding boxwood branches, I occasionally added a bit of hot glue in addition to the floral tape to help secure the branches.

These photos are after I got the fullness I wanted for my topiary.

If the shape is irregular you can trim it to the desired shape you want. I wanted mine somewhat natural looking, so I didn’t do a lot of trimming.

When I was done adding my boxwood pieces, I finished the topiary off by glueing a bit of green moss around the base of the branches to hide the floral tape and any hot glue that might be showing.

I just left the dirt in my post exposed, but if you are starting with a new pot/topiary and using stirofoam, you can either fill the pot with dirt around the stirofoam or add a layer of moss to the top to cover the stirofoam.

the finished topiary with live boxwood cuttings

boxwood topiary in weathered terra cotta pot on entry table display
2 boxwood topiaries in weathered clay pots

And that’s it! Super easy and inexpensive topiary.

I love how it turned out, and as I mentioned earlier, the boxwood will gradually dry out, but will look nice for quite a while.

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  1. I love all kinds of topiaries and this one is adorable! I have a plethora of boxwood around so I hope to get this done soon. Happy Spring! pinned

    1. Oh, I hope you try one, and so glad you like it!

    1. Thanks so much Rachel! I really appreciate that!

  2. It’s so pretty!! Boxwood is just lovely in all forms. Beautiful job!!

    1. Thanks so much Rachel! I really love how it turned out.

  3. I love this idea. It is gorgeous. Hugs to you, my friend.

    1. Thanks so much Renae! I really appreciate that!

    1. Thanks Wendy! Super easy and it lasts a long time. Have a wonderful Sunday!

  4. What a great idea! I love to decorate with topiaries, and this is an easy way to create one! Thanks so much for sharing such a great idea!

    1. Thanks so much Kim! I’m so glad you liked it! Happy Sunday

  5. I love topiaries of all kinds! Yours is so beautiful and it looks easy to make! Thanks for the inspiration! Donna

    1. Of course, Donna! I hopy you give it a try. Happy Sunday!

    1. Thank you so much Kim! I really appreciate that! Have a wonderful Sunday.

    1. Thank you Wendy! I really appreciate that!

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