I have trouble making holiday decor when it is only going to be displayed for just a couple weeks out of the year. And my neighbors are looking at me weird because I am trying to put out Halloween in the middle of September! LOL

This little topiary was easy and fun to make and it has a definite Halloween bent to it. BUT, I can get use out of it all year long because I gave it a goth feel by using just black, white, and purple on it. It goes great in my teenage daughter's room.


Here's how I created this topiary:

  1. Create rolled paper flowers from dictionary or old book pages. You can use the phone book if you want – we're spray painting so now worries about what the pages say. Here is a tutorial on making these kinds of flowers: https://hydrangeahippo.com/buttons-and-buttons-and-more-buttons-galore/
  2. Adhere the rolled roses to the topiary form with hot glue.
  3. Insert the topiary form into a pot – this one is from Ikea.
  4. Using black spray paint, paint the topiary black and lightly mist the top of the post to create an ombre effect. Allow to dry overnight.
  5. Shred dictionary paper and crumple in your hands. Add hot glue to the topiary base and press the shredded paper into it to over the base.
  6. Adhere strips of washi tape to the “trunk” of the topiary.


  • Topiary Form
  • Dictionary Paper
  • Old Book, Phone Book, or Dictionary Pages
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Black Spray Paint
  • Washi Tape
  • Clay Pot



Wanna know what is really scandalous? I have had these for almost 2 years before I made anything with them! LOL Here is a blog post I did about the forms I got: https://hydrangeahippo.com/thrifty-thursdays-topiaries-part-1/

Thanks for stopping by!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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