What is it about spring that makes everything seem right in the world? Dull hues of winter are quickly replaced by bright blooms and new green growth. No matter the length of my to-do list, this season always gives me a sense of refreshment and renewal.
Whether it is the sight of beautiful flowers, the sound of baby birds or the cool breeze, I have decided that spring is without a doubt my favorite season. I love to reflect this season in our home to bring inside the same fresh feeling of newness and restoration
One of my favorite ways to decorate for Spring is with boxwood balls and topiaries. The bright green gives such a crisp contrast against spring flowers. Boxwood is perfect to use throughout the year as they complement every season’s décor.
My favorite boxwood décor would have to be the two topiaries on my front porch that I included in my post 10 Steps to Affordable Curb Appeal. They were such an easy DIY project and they make such an inviting statement.
I made them at a fraction of the cost of those sold in stores and was able to make them exactly the size I wanted. I have gotten many compliments on these topiaries and they have held up well over the past two years, even in the hot Texas sun.
What You Will Need:
- Faux Boxwood balls
- Long Branches
- ¾ inch dowel rod
- Decorative Pot or Urn
- Aluminum pot – Small enough to fit in the pot/urn upside down
- Hammer and large nail
- Gorilla Glue
Step 1: Go online to find some faux boxwood balls. The dried boxwood is very expensive and not the best option for outside. You can find several faux options online that look very realistic. I purchased mine at Joann’s.com when they had a 40% off sale. I have also seem them at Hobby Lobby and consumercrafts.com.
To make a topiary that is configured like mine, you will need two 8-inch balls and one 10-inch ball but really any sizes will do. This your opportunity to customize your topiaries to the size and style you want!
Step 2: Pick out a decorative pot or urn. Ideally, you will want one that is heavy so that it is not easily blown over.
Step 3: Find some very long straight branches and a ¾” dowel rod. Combined together they will look just like a real boxwood stem. If you can’t find branches, you can also use ¼ inch dowel rods at found at Home Depot. I used branch trimmers to the larger dowel rod to …inches. You can cut your branches about 8 inches shorter than the dowel rod. You don’t want the branches to extend down into the aluminum pot, just the main dowel rod.
I then fastened several of branches to the dowel rod with wire to make a large “stem”. This is way more realistic looking than using one big dowel rod. I tied wire around the stem branches underneath where each ball would go so the wire won’t be visible when it is all together. The below picture is a side-view of the stained stem.
Step 4 : Once you have your dowel rods or branches tied together, it is now time to stain. I used a sample can ($2.30) of Behr’s semi-transparent deck stain in chocolate, because it is what I had on hand. You could really use any stain or gel stain. Ideally, you want to paint the stain on and let it be kind of streaky. I let that dry for a couple of days.
Step 5 : In the meantime, take your aluminum bucket and put it upside down in your decorative pot. Use gorilla glue to glue the edges in the pot and let it dry 24 hours.
Step 6 : After the stain has dried, it’s time to make a hole for the trunk of the topiary. I used a large nail and hammer and kept hammering holes until I had one big hole just the size of the set of sticks. You want it to be a tight fit.
Step 7 : When the hole is the right size, squeeze some gorilla glue into the hole so it goes to the bottom of your pot or urn. Stick in the trunk and make sure it is straight. Let that dry 24 hours. The gorilla glue expands and will hold everything in place.
Step 8: Take your boxwood balls and cut some of the net-like interior, just enough so the balls can fit tightly on the step
One of my topiary balls was sliding down the step, so I wired some of that interior netting to the sticks. (You’ll find most of these faux boxwood balls are hollow with an interior plastic netting that all the leaves attach to.)
You are done!
Like I mentioned, boxwood topiaries are great to have around the house because they work for all seasons. I love that they are the one decoration in the house I never have to change out.
Spring reminds me of new life but also consistency. God tells us in Revelation 21:5 that He will make all things new one day. Until then, we have spring’s reminder of the renewal and restoration that comes from only Him.
As God’s all about making things new, He offers us rejuvenation from life’s hardships and worries today. Just as God cares for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field, He personally cares about your every care and concern.
“Cast all your anxiety on Him, for He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7 Although seasons of life change and our lives never seem to calm down, His love never changes. He is our true constant, the one thing we can cling to as a calm in the midst of a storm.
What do you feel is weighing you down? Where are you in need of renewal and a fresh start? Know that He cares for you more than you can possibly fathom and He waits for you to bear all your worries and fears.
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‘Til Next Time,