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Edible Topiaries | How To Make Topiary Centerpiece for any Occasion

Updated on April 15, 2012

Edible Topiary Centerpiece for Any Occasion

Simple Boxwood Topiary

Topiary Madness

I love topiaries of all kinds. Whether it is a boxwood, floral, tree or edible topiary, I am in. Last year I made a Snowflake Coconut Truffles Topiary for the Master Gardener Christmas party. It was arranged with lovely homemade coconut truffles, small cuttings of baby holly with berries, and large yummy blueberries. The Master Gardeners loved the edible centerpiece display. It was well worth the effort.

Today, I will share with you how to make a simple base for an edible topiary that can be used throughout the year for various holidays, parties or just because you like to be creative. Simple always works for me. Each time you use it for food, however; you will purchase another styrofoam ball for the top for sanitary purposes. If only used for decoration and not used for food, you can reuse the styrofoam ball again and again. In other words, your topiary base is evergreen. Ok let's get started. Gather the materials on the list below and meet me back here.


Supplies needed to make a Topiary Foundation

Supplies needed for Topiary Foundation

  • 8 - 10 inch Decorative pot with preferably no hole. If so, cork it.
  • One gallon container quick cement, you can get this at Lowe's.
  • 18 - 24 inch straight hardwood branch with decorative bark (birch is nice).
  • 3 - 4 inch long nail or thin spike
  • 8 inch styrofoam ball (ball should be apprx. same width as pot).

Using a Form Instead for non-edibles

Making a Topiary Foundation

Cover the table top with newspaper for a potentially messy project. You have chosen at least an 8-inch pot that is wide enough to sustain the weight of a topiary full of heavy food. The pot should be as wide as the width of the finished topiary. (We do not want it to topple over from the weight). If the pot has a hole in the bottom, plug it with a bottle cork or a glass stone. You should have a straight branch between 18 - 24 inches long and at least one inch thickness. It has been cleaned and cut flat on both ends. Choose the end that will become the top. Hammer the nail into the top until the 4 inch nail is halfway in the stick. If the nail has a flat head on it, cut it off after you hammer it in. The styrofoam ball will be pressed onto the top of the nail for placement of the topiary. Have a wet sponge ready to wipe down the sides of your pot to remove any unwanted cement. Now you are ready to assemble. it would be a good idea to now go to the bathroom, you cannot stop in the middle of this step for a nature break. Ok good, did you wash your hands? Just askin.

Following the instructions on the quick dry cement container to mix enough to fill the pot 3/4 full. (I use a plastic ice cream tub and then toss it after the project.) Stand the bottom end of the stick into the middle of your pot (nail side up) and pour the cement mixture into the pot around the stick. Try to be as neat as possible so the cement will only go where desired. Continue to pour until you have filled the pot to desired level. The cement will begin to harden quicky. Hold the stick as straight as possible in the mixture while it is hardening, DO NOT ANSWER THE PHONE, continue holding, YOU SHOULD GONE TO THE BATHROOM...continue holding. As soon as it hardens where the stick will not move, you can let go (this will only take a couple minutes). The quick dry cement should set up overnight before using the first time. If the stick wobbled and left an open space, simply fill it in with more cement or caulk, whichever is easier.  Congratulations, you are now a proud owner of a Topiary Foundation to enjoy for years to come.

Chocolate Truffle Topiary

Did your mother ever say, Look with your eyes, not your fingers? Its next to impossible with this chocolate lovers centerpiece!
Did your mother ever say, Look with your eyes, not your fingers? Its next to impossible with this chocolate lovers centerpiece! | Source

Designing the Topiary

You will use various materials to present your topiary for holidays, parties and special occasions. I usually put icing on the styrofoam ball if decorating it with edible truffles. If not edible, use floral moss. There is room in the top of the pot for any materials or candies you wish to use. For example, Easter could be jelly beans, candy hearts for Valentine's Day, flowers, stones, glass beads and the list goes on. Check out the links to my Holiday Collection of Topiaries: some edible, some not.


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      Golfgal 6 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Thanks so much, I love topiaries of all kinds. I think they so much to the holidays and the landscape. Peace.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Love it. :-) Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.