Are you always looking for easy projects that can help give the spaces in your home a quick refresh in any season? We are too which is why I’m excited to share how to make a simple herb topiary with you today.
I’ve spent the last few months working with my parents to give their part-time home, Loblolly Manor, a makeover of sorts. It’s not that there was anything wrong with the house before it’s just that when we “finished” it in 2016 they were in a much different season of their lives. I’m putting “finished” in air quotes because let’s face it, is a house ever really “finished,” you guys? I swear, we’re tweaking little things here and there all the time!
We had just completed The Horse Farm Project when my mom asked if I would help her create a retreat space at Loblolly that felt more “intentional” and we’ve been plotting, planning, dreaming, scheming and drawing up ideas ever since.
I traveled to Loblolly a couple of weeks ago to start working on the first phase of our plans which were primarily focused on moving furniture from one room to another, decluttering, painting pieces of furniture they already owned and completing small but impactful projects.
One of those small but impactful projects was making a simple herb topiary for the kitchen. I loved it so much, I’m looking forward to making one for my kitchen too! Here’s a look at all the details….
Green Spray Paint (not pictured)
Craft Foam Balls (we started out using 3.8 but ended up only needing a 3.3 in)
Faux Dill (we found ours at Hobby Lobby on sale)
Moss (we found ours at Hobby Lobby)
Sticks (we found these in the yard)
Dirt (we used dirt from the yard but you could also use potting soil)
Floral Wire (if needed)
Flower Pot or Container
In a well-ventilated area using caution and care spray paint the craft foam ball green. Keep in mind, you’ll want to choose a green that closely resembles the color green in the stems of the herb you are using for this project.
While the craft foam ball is drying, pull apart the stems of the herb you are using.
Then using caution and care as wire cutters will be sharp, carefully cut each stem.
Place dirt or potting soil in your container of choice. This container was a find from one of my sweet aunts which can I just say on a side note, if you have a style that is even remotely similar to some of your friends or family members have a swap party – it is so much fun and free!
Place the craft foam ball on the stick and then into the dirt making sure they are both secure. Again, using caution and care as the faux dill stems have been cut and will be sharp, place the stems into the foam craft ball until you have the craft foam ball completely covered. Some of them will be longer than others so you may be able to get 2 herb sprigs out of one stem.
It took us about 4-5 bunches of faux dill to cover a craft ball that was 3.3 inches.
You can always use smaller craft foam balls though, honestly, it all just depends on the size and scale of your container.
Make sure the dirt is tightly packed around the topiary (you don’t want it to fall over) before adding a bit of moss around the base of the topiary.
That’s it! I know, right? Seriously so simple.
We decided to make this topiary into a grouping for the kitchen and it makes an impact as soon as you walk through the door. This was the space before…
and after we decluttered and added the simple herb topiary…
Exciting, right? Decluttering and adding pops of greenery are two inexpensive ways to freshen up any space in your home.
I can’t wait to see how the rest of our plans come together now. The small grayish-white container was a thrifted find for just $2 dollars and we already had the white container on hand.
As much as I prefer real plants and flowers, I know it’s not always an option especially if you live out of town or maybe have a black thumb. Don’t be afraid to try quality faux plants or flowers – they can still make a big impact!