Ever wondered how to make a topiary? Make a real ivy topiary for your home with a wire coat hanger and these easy to follow instructions.
I love a good project that starts with topiary.
Especially one with REAL ivy.
One you can make in 12.5 minutes.
You CAN MAKE THIS.
YES you can.
But first—let’s start with what a topiary even is. Here’s the topiary definition:
I made this topiary this weekend and want to shout it from the rooftops.
If you lived next door, I would be knocking right now, holding my coat hanger topiary and a pitcher of sweet tea.
Especially if you were fixing dinner.
Here’s how to make a topiary with these simple instructions
But before we get topiary started, can I keep it real for a moment on this DIY blog.
Step-by-step instructions are challenging for me.
I’m not really that good at them.
I want to be.
If we had a giant blog yearbook and we could all vote on superlatives, I would want to be voted “Most Likely To Write a Step-By-Step Post.”
I have pin board after pin board of carefully detailed projects. Each step photographed, numbered and explained down to the most minute detail by people who know so much more about step-by-step-project writing than I could ever hope to learn if I blogged for the next 500 years. But when I start to create a project, my mind starts wandering, my eyes glaze over and I drift off for a moment to give a silent salute to the brilliant individual responsible for all those step-by-steps.
I just want jump from the before to the after with only a nod to the in-between and I end up next door eating dinner and drinking sweet tea.
But here’s the thing. I WRITE A DIY blog. One with home tours and DIY’s and projects like this and people who want to know how to ACTUALLY MAKE THEM.
So here’s how to make a topiary with step-by-step full of details and pictures.
Just for you.
How to Make a Topiary From a Coat Hanger
(from before to after with a valiant attempt at a lot of in-betweens)
Step 1: Find some wire coat hangers
I know wire coat hangers aren’t really a thing anymore, but when learning how to make a topiary, they are a must.
If you don’t have some, your local dry cleaner will have them.
You can also use thick gauge wire for this project, too.
Step 2: Untwist the top
You can just use your hands for this step.
The wires come apart pretty easily.
Separate the top and slightly pull the coat hanger apart.
Step 3: Form the coat hanger into a circle
It’s easier to do this if you start with a diamond. Then, re-form the diamond into a circle or as close to a circle as you can get.
Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, the ivy will hide all the edges.
Step 4: Twist the ends together
Once you have your circle formed, you want to twist the ends together.
When learning how to make a topiary, you want to twist the ends of the coat hanger into one.
This is the end you will put into the dirt.
Step 5: How to make a topiary: Place the round wire circle into your ivy
You can find ivy just like this at the garden center.
Choose one that has tons of tendrils.
That makes it easier to wrap
Step 6: Remove all questionable leaves
Put ivy in an urn or another similar container.
Make sure the container is cute.
Not-cute containers are not allowed in coat hanger topiary projects.
Step 7: How to make a topiary: Wrap tendrils of ivy around both coat hangers
Keep wrapping until the edges of your coat hanger are covered.
It’s really easy.
The ivy wants to wrap and be wrapped.
That was a little exhausting.
All that step-by-stepping.
I think it was worth it.
…..my topiary and I will make the yearbook. 🙂
PS If you liked this project?
Here are a few more of my step-by-step favorites:
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