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Making a Miniature Christmas Topiary Tree

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Making a small tabletop topiary for the holidays is a great project for creating a unique decoration. This is a guide about making a miniature Christmas topiary tree.


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September 8, 2015

Make this miniature tree for Christmas this year. This tree is ideal for a small living space or for an office, and requires just a few basic supplies. The tree is easy enough to make, but don't be fooled by that. It might be a small tree, but this tree packs a huge punch as far as cuteness is concerned.


Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: one tree


  • 7cm x 6cm sized white terracotta pot
  • round polystyrene ball with a diameter of 55mm
  • 4.4 inch ice cream stick
  • sheet of dark green crepe paper
  • dark green satin ribbon
  • sewing pins with colored heads
  • potting soil
  • small packet of moss
  • red and green felt-tip pens
  • Artline golden calligraphy pen
  • polystyrene glue
  • quick-drying craft glue (such as Bostik Clear)
  • clear drying matt spray varnish
  • pencil


  1. Push one end of the ice cream stick into the polystyrene ball to make a hole.
  2. Remove the ice cream stick from the hole and add polystyrene glue to the hole. Push the ice cream stick into the hole again and allow the glue to dry.
  3. Use the pencil to divide the pot into ten sections. To create a more interesting effect, do not use a ruler ~ rather draw freehand lines.
  4. Color the first section with the green felt-tip pen. Make sure to also color the top and bottom edges, so that the pot will have a neat finish.
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  6. Color the next adjacent section with the red felt-tip pen.
  7. Alternate between green and red sections until the whole pot has been colored.
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  9. Use the golden calligraphy pen to highlight the pencil lines between the different sections. Also color the top edge of the pot with the golden pen.
  10. Spray the pot with the varnish and allow to dry thoroughly.
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  12. Cut 2" x 1.4" sized rectangles from the crepe paper.
  13. Take a rectangle and crumple it up. Use a pin to affix it to the polystyrene ball.
  14. Continue adding crumpled pieces of crepe paper to the ball until the whole ball has been covered. Alternate the colors of the pins used, so that it would look as if the tree has been covered with strings of Christmas lights.
  15. Tie the ribbon around the ice cream stick, make a bow and neatly cut the ends shorter. Add a drop of craft glue to the knot so that it won't come undone.
  16. Fill the pot halfway with the potting soil.
  17. Push the bottom part of the ice cream stick into the potting soil. Check that the tree is standing upright and then press down the soil firmly around the stick, so that the tree will remain standing upright in the pot.
  18. Fill the rest of the pot with moss to cover the potting soil.
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By 1 found this helpful
December 22, 2011
Make this miniature Christmas topiary tree to decorate your Christmas table this year.

Approximate Time: 1 hour


  • one polystyrene ball with a diameter of 3 inches
  • a 7.2 inches tree branch pencil (see for a possible supplier)
  • one small unglazed terracotta flower pot, 3 inches high, and with a diameter of 3 inches at the top
  • a small packet of moss
  • bunch of 12 shiny red round cherries, individually wired, available from a florist
  • thin green florist wire (24, 26, or 28 gauge will work the best)
  • 15 inches of 7/8 inch-wide four striped satin edge organza ribbon ~ I used ribbon in a color known as Old Willow, with gold stripes
  • pair of standard scissors
  • pliers
  • soil
  • small white decorative garden pebbles
  • glue suitable for use on polystyrene
  • strong bonding glue
  • a small bowl with water


  1. Insert sharp end of the tree branch pencil into the polystyrene ball to make a hole. Remove pencil from the hole, put a few drops of polystyrene glue into the hole and put the pencil into the hole again. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly.

  2. Use the pliers and cut the wire into 2.4 inch strips. Bend each wire strip to make small wire hooks. You need to make approximately 30 wire hooks.

  3. Put moss into the water, squeeze excess water out and then affix moss around the polystyrene ball. Make sure that the polystyrene ball is thoroughly covered and use the wire hooks to keep the moss in place.

  4. Once the whole ball is covered, cut off any protruding pieces of moss to make the tree neat.

  5. Fill half of the pot with soil.

  6. Push the bottom part of the pencil into the soil and press the soil down firmly around the pencil, so that the "tree" will stand upright in the pot.

  7. Fill the rest of the pot with the small white decorative garden pebbles.

  8. Use the pliers to cut the wires of the cherries shorter, and then insert the cherries into the tree.

  9. Tie the ribbon around the bottom of the tree and make a bow.

  10. Add a few drops of strong bonding glue to the knot of the bow, so that the bow won't come loose.

Photos included: Photo 1: The polystyrene ball, terracotta pot and tree branch pencil used for this craft. Photo 2: Insert sharp end of the tree branch pencil into the polystyrene ball. Photo 3: Cut the wire into strips and bend each wire strip to make small wire hooks. Photo 4: Use the wire hooks to keep the moss in place. Photo 5: Cover the whole ball with the moss. Photo 6: Fill half of the pot with soil. Photo 7: Push the bottom part of the pencil into the soil. Photo 8: Insert the cherries into the tree. Photo 9: The completed project.

By BessieBessie from Pretoria, Gauteng

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