Today, we’re excited to share how to make a simple lavender topiary as we join some of our favorite bloggers for the Summer Celebration Blog Hop! As always a big shout out and thank you to Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home for putting this blog hop together.
If you’re coming over from Paula’s blog, Sweet Pea with Paula Skulina, welcome, we’re glad you’re here. Paula always has a beautiful way of mixing heirloom pieces of furniture in a fresh way and we love her summer centerpiece too!
It always feels kind of tricky trying to decide how to decorate in August, doesn’t it? On one hand It’s not quite time to break out the pumpkins just yet. After all, it’s still crazy hot outside and won’t feel like fall for a couple of months.
On the other hand, the reds, whites and blues from our summer front porch have all been packed away. Not to mention, as soon as the temperatures drop just a bit, we’ll be replanting all the flowers that have been growing on the porch this summer into the flower beds.
Which brings me back to decorating in August.
One of our favorite flowers is lavender and we know so many of you love it too. Honestly, if it were up to me, we’d have rows and rows of lavender growing all around our property.
Lavender’s peak blooming season is typically from June to August in the US.
No playing, I’ve waited all summer for the gorgeous lavender topiaries I kept seeing all over social media to come to our area of Florida. But you guys, I never saw a single one! I think maybe it was just too hot.
So, I decided to stop waiting and make my own with basic craft supplies you can find at almost any big box store.
Here’s a look at how you can make your own simple lavender topiary too…
Simple Lavender Topiary Supplies:
- Foam Craft Ball
- Medium to Large Foam Craft Disc
- Faux Lavender (we found ours at Hobby Lobby on sale)
- Faux Mint (optional, we used mint we found on sale at Hobby Lobby as a filler)
- Moss (optional, we found ours at Hobby Lobby)
- Wooden Dowel or Stick
- Dirt, Foam Peanuts or Plastic Bags (to use as a filler around the base of the topiary)
- Wire Cutters
- Flowerpot, Container or Galvanized Metal Bucket
- Tarp or Cutting Board (to protect your work surface)
Simple Lavender Topiary Steps:
Gather your supplies and be sure to place a cutting board or tarp over your work surface as this project can be a bit messy.
For the sake of full disclosure, we cut a 3.8 foam craft ball in half to make our topiary because that is what we already had on hand. If you decide to take this approach as well, use caution, care and common sense as knives are sharp.
We’ve found a 1.5-2.5 size craft foam ball works well for projects like these depending on the size of the topiary you’re trying to make. This size also seems to work well, scale wise, with most flowerpots and garden style containers like we used to create our simple herb topiary too.
Pierce the foam craft ball with wooden dowel or stick. We found this one in our yard, sprayed it with a mix of bleach and water and allowed it to dry completely before bringing it inside the house.
Again, using caution and care as wire cutters will be sharp, carefully cut each floral stem with wire cutters.
Once you have the lavender stems cut, begin placing them one at a time into the foam craft ball. Keep in mind, the stems will be sharp because they have been cut. Remember to use caution and care when doing this step as well.
If you find you need some filler in your lavender topiary, you can always use moss or larger leaf herbs like rosemary or mint like we did here.
Continue to place the stems into the foam craft ball until you have the craft foam ball completely covered.
After you have the top of your lavender topiary complete, place the base of the wooden dowel rod or stick into a medium to large craft foam disk.
Choosing the Right Lavender Topiary Container
In order to keep your lavender topiary from shifting around or falling over you’ll need to secure it with dirt, foam peanuts or plastic bags to use as a filler around the base. We keep a set of old plastic grocery bags for craft projects just like these because it makes it easier to move topiaries around the house.
Once the topiary is secure in your container cover the dirt, foam peanuts or plastic bags with moss.
Super easy, right?
We found this concrete bucket at Renningers last year and as soon as I saw it, I knew a lavender topiary would be perfect in it.
All in all, it took us about 5 bunches of faux lavender and 3 bunches of mint to cover half of a 3.8-inch craft foam ball.
You can always use smaller craft foam balls though, honestly, it all just depends on the size and scale of your container.
This simple lavender topiary was super easy to make, you guys and it’s something you can use in different spots all over the house too. After all, decluttering and adding pops of greenery are both inexpensive ways to freshen up any space in your home no matter the season.
Up next on the Summer Celebration Blog Hop is Shelley of Calypso in the Country . You’ll love her festive summer style and patio area! As always, be sure to check out what the rest of these fabulous and creative ladies are sharing as well. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.