You can create this heart shaped DIY topiary using an inexpensive dollar store heart!
You would never know there is a red glitter styrofoam heart hiding underneath the hemp rope.
This unique topiary DIY is the perfect gift to keep for yourself or give to that plant lover in your life for Valentine’s Day…………….
or just because.
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Supplies for DIY Topiary
- heart shaped form (or any shape styrofoam form with a hole in the middle)
- glue gun and glue sticks
- approximately 42 yards hemp rope ( I used 1/4″ two strand hemp rope)
- 5 wooden skewers
- 3 pieces of utility wire 12 -14 inches in length
- 12 – 14 inch piece of rebar or metal stake
- assorted green moss
- spray adhesive
- creeping fig vine (nurseries will have these already staked and full)
- potting soil
- approximately 2 feet of twine (or floral pins) for attaching vine to topiary
- terra cotta pot and saucer
- white acrylic paint
- aging wax
- paint brush
- set of battery operated twinkle lights
Steps For Rope Heart Topiary Form
- Start by wrapping the heart with the rope. I started on the side at the bottom of the heart just next to the point.
- Wrap the hemp rope around the heart using hot glue to keep the hemp rope in place.
- Keep wrapping until you get to the top of the curved portion of the heart.
- At this point, I began cutting small sections of the rope and gluing these sections to the heart. This allowed me to change the direction of the rope on the heart.
- Use the skewer to push the rope in place and keep it there until the glue has dried.
- Wrap the three pieces of utility wire together at the top and secure with hot glue.
- Stick the end of the three pieces into the styrofoam heart before the glue dries.
- Add more glue to the tip of the heart to keep the wire from coming out.
- Finish wrapping the hemp rope around the bottom point of the heart.
- Wrap the utility wire around the rebar and glue the rebar to the heart form.
- Set the form aside to work on the pot.
Steps To Age/Moss Pot
- To age the pot, dry brush white acrylic paint on the terra cotta pot and saucer.
- After the paint has dried, rub aging wax onto the pot.
- Next, using spray adhesive and working in small sections, attache green moss in various shades and textures all over the pot.
Planting the Pot
- Once the moss has dried onto the pot, adding potting soil and plant the fig vine.
- Using scissors, carefully remove the ties from the stake holding the fig vine in place.
- Gently unwrap the fig vine from the stake.
- Using the rebar stake, stick the heart form into the soil behind the fig vine.
- Wrap the fig vine around the heart, securing the vine with brown twine or floral pins.
- Arrange the vine around the base of the pot so that it cascades around and over the pot base.
- Add water to the fig vine.
- Wrap your topiary in string lights even more drama and flare.
- Give to that special someone or style it for yourself!
Care of Your Fig Vine DIY Topiary
Creeping Fig vine loves lots of bright indirect light (no direct sunlight).
I recommend keeping your topiary inside during winter months.
Enjoy your topiary outside in spring, summer, and fall when temperatures stay above 50 degrees at night.
Don’t forget to add a set of string lights to allow it to shine at nighttime!
I know your special someone will love this Valentine’s Day Topiary. This cutie patootie would also make a wonderful gift for Mother’s Day.
Actually……to anyone any time of year.
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