DIY Olive Tree Topiary

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I have had my eye on olive tree topiaries for awhile, have you? They are the perfect subtle touch of green with a little bit of height.

The only problem I keep running into is the price of said topiaries. Even little ones like these are pretty spendy.

Whenever I run into this kind of problem, the logical response is always, “Can I DIY this?”

Story of my life.

And just like that another project is born.

DIY Olive Tree Topiary

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  • Pot
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • 1/2 Sphere of floral foam or styrofoam
  • Dowel
  • Olive branches
  • Brown floral tape
  • Small grapevine wreath- optional
  • Brown craft paint- optional
  • Moss (could also use potting soil or burlap)
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
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  • Glue your floral foam into your pot.
  • Decide how tall you want your topiary and cut or break the dowel at the desired length.
  • Take your olive sprays and attach them to your dowel with the brown floral tape. You may need to trim off some of the lower branches and add them in at the top for a fuller look.
  • Wrap the stems around the dowel and decide if you need more texture to create a more realistic looking trunk. If so, unwrap the tiny grapevine wreath and wrap pieces of this around the dowel, as well, securing with the brown floral tape.
  • Next, push the dowel into the floral foam or styrofoam.
  • Stand back and look at the topiary from all angles. Add in more branches, if needed.
  • If you need to blend the floral tape, dowel and stems a little, dab some brown paint all over everything.
  • Finally, cover the base of the topiary in moss, potting soil or burlap.
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  1. March 15, 2019 / 9:49 AM

    I love it !! Great tutorial and video!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      March 25, 2019 / 6:17 PM

      Thank you, Tammy, that means a lot to me coming from someone as talented as you!

  2. Tanya Hulbert
    March 17, 2019 / 9:37 PM

    I also love topiaries but have no idea why they are so expensive! The real ones take time, sometimes years to get to that topiary stage so that’s understandable, but the fake ones, I don’t get the price! Your topiary project turned out really cute. What a great idea!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      March 25, 2019 / 6:18 PM

      Thank you, Tanya, I think the price has to do with how trendy they are.

  3. Brenda
    April 28, 2022 / 3:37 PM

    I made one pretty much by your instructions. I liked yours better than most of the others I saw. My aide ( I’m 79) yelled “it looks real” the minute she walked in the door the next day. Now what are we making next?

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 9, 2022 / 11:16 AM

      Great job, Brenda! I’m always on the lookout or more fun and cute DIYs, I’ll be sure to post again when I have another!

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