Make this blooming, Flower Garden Topiary for indoors

The gardens have been blooming for a while now, and I have my pots planted. Phew! It puts me in the frame of mind to share Patty Schaffer’s Flower Garden Topiary. I love the bright colors and button accents Patty used. She mixed and matched various papers and paint chips to create her vibrant flowers. May I suggest that you bring summertime indoors and plant this Flower Garden Topiary where you can admire it all year long.

What a pretty topiary! A great way to use up paper scraps and paint chips.

Flower Garden Topiary by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Flower Garden Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” and 4” balls
  • Flower pot, about 4” wide and tall
  • Wood dowel, 12”
  • Acrylic craft paint or spray paint in off-white
  • Scrapbook paper, two 12” x 12” sheets in coordinating patterns
  • Paint chips in five coordinating colors
  • Buttons, 125 large & 75 small, coordinating colors
  • Pearl head pins, 1-1/2” long, about 300
  • Sheet moss
  • Thick, white craft glue or low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; large flower punch
What a beautiful bouquet. DIY this Flower Garden Topiary with the tutorial on

Isn’t this a beautiful bouquet?

To make a Flower Garden Topiary:

1. Paint the wood dowel off-white. Let paint dry. (Hint: Insert the dowel in a scrap piece of foam to keep both hands free while you paint.)

2. Insert the 4” foam ball into the pot, and trim to fit with the serrated knife. Insert the dowel into the foam ball, making sure it’s centered and standing straight. Remove the dowel from the ball, and the ball from the pot. Glue the ball in place in the pot. Add glue to the hole for the dowel, and re-insert the dowel.

3. Push the 6” ball onto the wood dowel. Remove the ball, add glue to the hole, and place the ball onto the dowel.

4. Cut sheet moss to cover the top of the ball, and glue in place.

5. Punch large flowers from the paint chips and scrapbook paper. Keep the different paper types separate.

Pretty flowers made with scrapbook paper, paint chips and buttons. See the topiary on

Each flower has three layers — a button, a paint chip flower, and a scrapbook paper flower.

6. Make layered flowers in this order: button on top; paint chip flower in the middle; patterned scrapbook paper on the bottom. Twist the two flowers so that the petals are fanned out. Pin the flowers onto the ball, inserting two pearl head pins through the holes in the buttons. Switch up the flower layers as you go, and place the patterned scrapbook paper in the middle and the paint chip flower on the bottom.

7. Continue pinning on the flowers till the ball is covered. (Patty used about 150 flowers on her topiary.)

Pretty flower pots.

I went with full-grown plants this year, and I’m a little worried that they might outgrow the pot by summer’s end.

I’m really happy with my pots this year. Last year, I used smaller geraniums and by the end of the summer, they were still pretty small. So, I decided to start the summer with larger plants this year, and I hope they don’t get too crowded. What’s in your garden? Do you have any never-fail blooms you’d recommend?

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Happy crafting.


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8 Responses to Make this blooming, Flower Garden Topiary for indoors

  1. CraftyB says:

    Love the flower! so cute and cheery with the pearl eyes.

  2. LisaM6 says:

    A fun use of papers, buttons, pins and Styrofoam. I will have to see if I can try this with the cupcakes. I know I have plenty of buttons. This has me thinking…. I will have to find all my supplies and see what I can come up with. Will let you know what I come up with. Great inspirations!

    • Sharon says:

      You never know where an idea will take you, yes? And isn’t that half the fun? Can’t wait to hear where your imagination went with this one! Thank you, Lisa. Sharon

  3. Easy peasy topiary idea! Thanks!

  4. Lynn says:

    That is really nice. I have made the balls woth just flowers that I have put in a bowl. I love making these.

    • Sharon says:

      I’ve seen the Flower Balls too, and they are beautiful! I hope you’ll share photos of your Flower Balls. Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

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