DIY Fall Flower Topiary and Hanging Flower Basket
Using inexpensive fall flower picks from the Dollar Store, learn how to make an easy fall topiary and hanging flower basket!
Of all of the places I have lived overseas, only twice did I fall in love with autumn: in Almaty (Kazakhstan) and in New England (USA). My English is limited, but even if it weren’t, I would still have a hard time describing the beauty and harmony of the autumn colors in both of those places I lived. Greg grew up in New England, so he is used to all the beautiful reds, yellows, oranges and golds that come with fall. He also lived in Colorado for a time. I showed him pictures of autumn in Kazakhstan, and he said that it looked like a combination of New England and Colorado. All I can say is that the fall colors in both places are absolutely gorgeous!
Say what? Oh, you are wondering why I’m talking about autumn all of a sudden? Well, it is because the Dollar Store started bringing in fall flowers, and as you may have guessed, I bought a bunch. Ok, maybe I bought a little more than a bunch, but it was all for a good reason: to make this DIY fall flower topiary and to fill the hanging flower basket I recently finished.
Now be honest – don’t they look lovely? I know some people think that Dollar Store decoration is just cheap crap, but with a little bit of imagination, you can actually turn them into gorgeous decor for your home! Take my faux succulent wreath as an example…or the scary mummy decor…ok, ok, it’s not time for Halloween stuff just yet, so let’s not lose the subject. So what was I saying? Hmmm… Dollar Store… yes they have started bringing fall flowers, so before they run out of them, you might want to grab some of those gorgeous flowers and make these easy and affordable fall projects! 😉
I’m sure you’ve had enough of my yapping, so before you all run away, let’s start with the DIY fall flower topiary tutorial, shall we?
DIY Fall Flower Topiary
For my DIY fall flower topiary I used:
- Fall flowers – I got mine from Dollar Store as their fall flowers are affordable and look great in a topiary like this.
- An 8 inch foam ball – the size is up to your desire, as anything from 6 inch to 10 inch will work. I made mine with an 8 inch ball, as that seemed like the best size for me.
- A flower pot or an urn – I had a galvanized metal flower pot on hand, so I used that. If you like the galvanized look, Amazon has some nice ones.
- Some hot glue.
Once I gathered all the materials, I started pulling all the different colors of flowers and the suitable greenery out of the picks.
Then, one-by-one, I started hot gluing them on the foam ball.
…and again……you get the point, right? I carried on until I almost filled the entire foam ball with flowers.
A little hint about this “filling the ball with flowers” step: pick the flowers randomly, because randomness is good when it comes to flower arrangements. Also make sure you hot glue some green leaves here and there, as it creates a really nice contrast. Now back to the tutorial…
Once I got the foam ball almost filled with flowers, I hot glued the rim of my pot…
…and placed it on the ball.
And with that, my fall flower topiary was done. You see how easy that was? The whole thing takes less than an hour.
Do you know what else is easy? My cute little DIY sisal twine pumpkin next to the topiary 😀
I wish I made one slightly bigger topiary, so it would fit perfectly in this urn. Well, I guess I’ll be visiting the Dollar Store once again – hahaha 😀
Now let’s move on to the hanging flower basket tutorial, shall we?
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Both ingenious!! franki ps Off to check Amazon for that urn…luv it!! fmp
Thank you so much, Franki! 🙂
I must admit I’m not a big fan of fall. It’s not a very pretty season here in South Africa, everything gets so dusty and grimy. It always seems like the leaves go from green to dead in a day UGH!! If, on the other hand, they chose to display their finery as beautifully as what you’ve just done Handan, I might change my mind 😉
Other than Halloween, I also normally never liked fall. I used to think the other 3 seasons had something to look forward to, but fall…blah…always a messy, rainy, chilly weird season, as that is how fall is in my home country. Only in Almaty, Kazakhstan and here in New England I like fall.
But if you asked Greg, he may not share my opinion as he is the one who deals with cleaning up the leaves – LOL.
Always love reading your posts. FYI I voted for you in the Interior Blogs award . Good luck.
Oh thank you so much, Kathy! Last year it was such a surprise to us getting shortlisted. We indeed weren’t expecting that at all. Let’s see how it will be this year – fingers crossed! 😉
I always keen to make my outdoor more then awesome and you know what, What a fun idea this is! This would be so easy and it is so cute!
Thank you so much, Oliver! I am so glad you like it 🙂
voted for you in the amara awards, shopping at the dollar store is just like any where else you just have to watch what you buy, and their fake flowers are a bargain, and you always make beautitful things from them xx
Oh thank you so much, Chris! Yes, I agree – that is why I never discriminate when it comes to stores. You’ll never know what kind of bargain you’ll find where 😉
It’s the middle of our winter here in Australia. Many people think we don’t get autumn colour because we have gum trees (eucalyptus) yet we do! Even the gum trees change to a slightly reddish brown. Not all of them do this though. Many gardens and street-scapes were designed on the English style (our forefathers settled here, became lonely and homesick and needed the oaks and other deciduous trees) so we do get lovely autumn colours here. I love Autumn, one of my favourite times of the year, and your Fall flower display is really lovely. Great job!
Thank you so much, Aletheia! I’ve never been to Australia, but Greg and I hope to get there someday, and maybe we’ll see those beautiful colors you described. 🙂
I have to admit, despite the beautiful changing colors, I am not a friend of Fall, Summer is my girl. It takes until late October before I finally accept it is what it is and then embrace Fall decorating. Handan, I’m right with you for picking up florals at the dollar store. There are some that look like total crap but others can look beautiful if used in a creative way like your topiary. Love it – pinned it – sharing it!
Thank you so much, Marie! I’m a summer girl myself, but this summer in CT was pretty much like Turkish fall, lol – messy, rainy, and cool. Hence I kind of miss the fall as at least there is a color show to watch 😀
As always, great job. I also voted for you!
Thank you so much, Rami! Much appreciated indeed! 😀
Handan when we moved to Greece from NY that is the one thing I missed the most. The Fall colors and the cool beauty of snuggling up with blankets. I am a fall girl through and through. And like you said it is rainy and muddy and blah here in Greece in the fall (which is not really fall) and the winter. And the worst part is that there are no fall flowers at my local Dollar Store. I guess I’ll just have to move back to NY! Love your pretty topiary and I honestly cannot choose between them, they are both so pretty.
Oh I hear you, Mary! This summer has been so weird here. One day above 90s and the next day back to 60s – usually rainy and messy. So I really can’t wait to get cozy with fall this year. 🙂
Why did you put the flowers into the styrofoam before putting it into the basket? I see why you did it that way for the urn above but not this one.
Hi Alexandra, I will be using the basket for other seasons too. So when it is time for decorating for another season I will have to take these fall flowers out. But come next fall, I will again put these fall flowers back in, and when I do that, I don’t want to keep re-arranging them again and again. Hence doing it once with a Styrofoam keeps that arrangement exactly the way it is, and that helps me save time decorating every season.
Lovely projects! I absolutely love fall, but haven’t experienced a ‘real’ fall in years. Where I currently live September is actually the hottest, muggiest month of the year and, other than that, fall is virtually identical to spring and summer.
I love the fall too. It’s the best thing about living in New England. These are so pretty. I especially like the basket one you put in the fireplace. Handan, your artistic vision is spot-on!