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Christmas Table Decoration | Topiary Christmas Balls Tree

Updated on August 3, 2013

Topiary Style - Christmas Balls Tree

In the on-going series of articles about Christmas table decorations, we are adding a new tutorial. The original Christmas Balls Tree article made in the traditional cone shape has been well received. I have had requests for a "how to" make a Topiary Christmas Balls Tree -- so, here it is.

This design for a Christmas table decoration is as easy as the first but with a twist: using a foam topiary form and a container instead of the cone and pillar candle holder. A list of Christmas craft Supplies, photos and step-by-step directions follow.

Now, get ready to make your own unique Christmas table decoration -- A Topiary Christmas Balls Tree.

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Topiary Form for your Topiary Christmas Balls Tree

Floracraft Topiary Forms Bulk, 3-Inch Ball 3-Inch Base 10.5-Inch Tall, Green
Floracraft Topiary Forms Bulk, 3-Inch Ball 3-Inch Base 10.5-Inch Tall, Green

You can't start the project without the necessities! This topiary form is 10.5" tall and sports a 3" diameter ball on top. This is a nice size for a centerpiece. You could also get a tall form or one that features 2 balls instead of one.


Here is the list of supplies you will need for the Topiary Christmas Balls Tree:

  • Topiary Form - you can make your own, but I have found through experience, the weight of the glass balls can cause a homemade form to slide down the dowel rod. Your best bet is to purchase a factory-made topiary form.
  • Assorted sizes glass ball ornaments in your chosen color scheme.
  • Filler beads/balls on wire Also referred to as floral picks or stamens.
  • 2 yards of ribbon
  • Container of your choice -- this should be a tight fit for your topiary form.
  • Flat Floral Marbles for weight
  • Hot Glue gun and sticks
  • Wire Cutters
  • Scissors
  • Optional - Floral Clay adhesive

Stake out the kitchen or dining room table so you will have room to spread out and work.

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Christmas Table Decorations - Topiary
Christmas Table Decorations - Topiary

DIY Christmas Decor


  1. Remove the caps and hangers from the glass ball ornaments. Remember, they are glass so do this carefully so they don't break.
  2. Tightly wrap the dowel rod in your ribbon, securing it at the top and bottom with hot glue (or tape if you prefer). Set aside remainder of ribbon.
  3. Starting at the base of the ball, right next to the dowel, apply hot glue to the neck of the glass ball ornament and immediately push into the foam ball. Continue working your way around the foam ball placing ornaments in a random manner. Turn the topiary form as you work so you can decide what size and color ball ornament to use with each placement.
  4. After you have covered the entire foam ball, go back with the filler and stick in holes where the foam ball shows through.
  5. Place a layer of flat floral marbles in the bottom of your container.
  6. Set the topiary form on top of the marbles. If the fit is not tight enough, use the floral clay to secure the form to the container.
  7. Cover the form with fabric, moss or colored flat floral marbles so the green base of the form is not showing.
  8. Tie a bow made of the left over ribbon on the dowel where the foam ball and dowel meet. Dove tail the ends if desired.

Image: DecoratingforEvents/Mandee

Cute Christmas Themed Pail for a Container - Christmas Balls Tree - Topiary

Very Christmas-y tin pail you can use for your container. Remember to weight the bottom with glass pebble filler or rock. you'll need something heavy so it won't topple!

Steps and Finished Product Gallery

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FinishedAdding the first few ball ornaments.Finished adding the larger ornaments.Added the filler to the larger ball ornaments.Placed in the container, added ribbon and flat floral marbles to cover foam.Close-up of the container and filler.All finished!
Adding the first few ball ornaments.
Adding the first few ball ornaments.
Finished adding the larger ornaments.
Finished adding the larger ornaments.
Added the filler to the larger ball ornaments.
Added the filler to the larger ball ornaments.
Placed in the container, added ribbon and flat floral marbles to cover foam.
Placed in the container, added ribbon and flat floral marbles to cover foam.
Close-up of the container and filler.
Close-up of the container and filler.
All finished!
All finished!

All Above Images: DecoratingforEvents/Mandee

Which design do you like better?

Container Ideas for Your Topiary Tree

The only difference here is the shape of the foam.

A great tutorial for this Christmas table decoration is available at

Christmas Table Decoration | Christmas Balls Tree.

Image: DecoratingforEvents/Mandee

Happy Holidays and

a Very Merry New Year!

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      Thomas 2 years ago

      first off, I love your blog ! My husband and I have rcetnely moved into a fixer upper ranch style home built in 1978 , in west central Florida .There were 30 yr old shrubs in the front of the house that we just took out, ( half were dead )I now have a space 6 37 that is empty.I read your design column and I get the groupings and balance, but do I start in the middle and work out ? Or can I have a few different areas altogether ?

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Back to refresh my memory :) These are really beautiful Christmas topiary trees!

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Love creative crafts for Christmas! This topiary tree is really lovely.

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      andradar 6 years ago

      It is nice lens - handmade decorations always looks great and originaly!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Really beautiful idea! Sure seems simple enough and I definitely prefer handmade decorations.

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      Fay Favored 6 years ago from USA

      I really love decorating with all types of trees. It breaks up "tradition."

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This is a very different type of Christmas decoration and it looks really nice. I think you have given a lot of people some great ideas here. It's nice to have original home made decorations in the home and not ones that are straight out of a box. This is a nicely laid out lens, blessed.

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      SandyPeaks 7 years ago

      These are so beautiful - will have to try this sometime! Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Love the topiary tree!