Inside: This heart-shaped topiary is inexpensive to make and right at home in French country or farmhouse style Valentine’s day decorating!
Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day?
Since my kids are grown, I have way fallen out of the habit of decorating for the day of love, and even back then it was mostly for their classroom parties.
But I am a fan of celebrating love and all of my special relationships. I still do get a warm fuzzy feeling from having just a little nod to Valentine’s Day around the house.
And one of my decorating “loves” are topiaries. And I wanted some rosemary ones for the counter of my French country-style kitchen. Plus, I wanted to decorate for Valentine’s Day with something a little more adult now besides cardboard, tinsel, and conversation hearts. So I came up with these sweet little heart-shaped topiaries!
There’s nothing overtly “valentine-y” about them other than their heart shape. So they make for a more subtle, adult Valentine look that fits in with my decor.
My favorite thing is that not only were they easy, but I already had a lot of the supplies around the house!
How to make the heart-shaped topiary.
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What I used:
- Grapevine heart-shaped wreath
- Garden pot
- Rosemary-look air grass hanging bush pick
- Brown grapevine wire
- Green floral wire
- Stick from the yard
First, I took a nice straight branch from a bush in the yard and wrapped a piece of grapevine wire around the stick and the bottom of the heart until it was secure and able to stand straight on its own.
I cut apart pieces of the faux vine. I’m not sure exactly what type of plant this is but the individual pieces are a pretty good fake for real rosemary.
SH&H Tip: Always make sure to buy florals at Hobby Lobby during their 50 percent off sale every other week.
Next, I laid out pieces of greenery over one side of the heart. Then I secured it to the wreath every few inches with green floral wire.
Instead of closing the wire all the way and smoothing it down, I left it sticking out on the other side so that I could use the same wire to secure the rosemary pieces on the back as well.
After the front side was covered, I flipped the wreath over and repeated it on the back.
I cut floral foam I had on hand to fit snugly in the bottom of a terra cotta pot I had around (any flower pot will do). These topiaries aren’t really top heavy so I didn’t need to glue the styrofoam in, but you could.
SH&H Tip: Don’t insert the stick until you are pretty much done attaching the greenery. You can still do minor touching up, but if you cause the stick to move around, it will enlarge the hole and the topiary won’t stand straight.
The rosemary looked so life-like, I decided to fill the pot with potting soil, but I could have also chosen Spanish moss or green preserved moss.
I made a trio of topiary trees and varied the heights of the sticks. They look so natural in my French country kitchen and they’re a great way to bring a little life into the room this dreary time of year!
Options for making the heart topiary.
I’ve used cheap materials that I either had or found easily. But if you can’t find these exact items, there are many different ways to make a heart topiary:
- Try your dollar store. They will usually have either heart wreaths, wire hearts, foam heart forms, or sometimes even heart grapevine wreaths.
- If you don’t have suitable sticks in your yard, you can use a wooden dowel.
- Don’t have floral wire? Use a hot glue gun to secure the greenery.
- If you can’t find faux “rosemary”, make an ivy topiary or moss topiary.
This is the extent of my Valentine decor, but I also gave the vent hood a little Valentine love with this cute flower heart I also picked up at Hobby Lobby:
And some pink flowers on the counter:
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If you love topiaries as much as I do, you should give this elegant, more adult-ish Valentine’s Day craft project a try. But it’s okay at any age to have the fun candy hearts.💕
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