DIY a fall topiary for your rustic, fall décor

Do you add a few rustic touches to your fall décor? Crates, pallets, rusty tin, and natural elements seem so perfect for fall decorating. To carry through the rustic fall theme, DIY this Rustic, Corrugated Cardboard Topiary. Who knew corrugated cardboard could be so pretty? The tones and textures are perfect for fall, yet there’s a simple elegance, too. Join designer Patty Schaffer as she shares her tutorial for making this rustic fall topiary.

An easy way to add a rustic touch for your fall decorating. Tutorial on

To make a Rustic, Corrugated Cardboard Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 9” x 4” cone (or other size of your choice)
  • Corrugated cardboard: 20” x 20” piece
  • Cardboard, small piece for template
  • Pinecone, about 2”
  • Sheet moss, 2” x 2” piece
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; straight pins

To make a Rustic, Corrugated Cardboard Topiary:

1. Cut a scallop template from the cardboard. The template should be shaped like a “U” and measure 1-1/2” wide and 1-1/2” high.

2. Cut scallop pieces from the corrugated cardboard, making sure the ridges are vertical. You’ll need about 100 – 120 pieces to cover a 9” cone.

Ooh, love the texture on this Corrugated Fall Topiary.

When you cut out your pieces, be sure the ridges run vertically.

3. For the first row, cut the curved edge from 10 of the corrugated pieces, and pin and glue the squares around the bottom of the cone. Add more squares if needed to create a solid, 1” band around the cone.

4. Pin on a second row of corrugated pieces, positioning each piece so it alternates with the first row and the curved edge lines up with the bottom of the cone. When pieces are in position, add a dab of glue to hold them in place.

5. Continue to add rows of scallops, staggering each row as you go. The top row of scallops should be even with the top of the cone, and you may need to trim the ends to fit.

6. Pin and glue a small amount of sheet moss to the top of the cone. Glue a pinecone to the top.

Beautiful textures for fall, and it's rustic yet elegant. Topiary tutorial on #RusticFallDecor

For a fall tablescape, arrange of grouping of these rustic topiaries in several sizes.

It’s really lovely, don’t you think? How do you decorate for fall? Do you like the rustic look?

Happy crafting.


Sneak peek! First Halloween craft on Crafts 'n Coffee tomorrow!

Sneak peek!

P.S. Sneak peek! I’m posting the first Halloween craft of the season on Crafts ‘n Coffee tomorrow. Any guesses as to what it might be? It’s a fun one!

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8 Responses to DIY a fall topiary for your rustic, fall décor

  1. Birgit says:

    I am looking forward to seeing all your Halloween craft projects.


    • Sharon says:

      Hooray — glad you plan to join us for another Halloween season. You can celebrate virtually with us, Birgit. (And wait till you see today’s design! Coming soon . . .) Sharon

  2. What a great idea! Who doesn’t have cardboard on hand? Is the project based on the movie Secret of NIMH? That would be really awesome!

  3. LisaM6 says:

    gotta love cardboard. The tree is great you could use the same process to make pinecones.
    Looks like you have a scary mouse in the sneak peek.

    • Sharon says:

      Oh, there may be a rat or two . . . 🙂 And yes indeed, Patty just happened to have this corrugated cardboard around the house. Love to repurpose like that.

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