Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Décor on a Dime: Ballard Design DIY topiary dome

Ever come across pictures like this in the Ballard Design or Pottery Barn catalog?


I love topiaries!  But I don’t love the price Pottery Barn or Ballard Designs wants to charge for one. Like the dome topiary on the far left.


Ballard Design cost - $49.00!!!!

How about my DIY version?  :)

101_4077   You will need:

  • some sort of container (I got mine on clearance at Michaels for $1.99)
  • a foam ball (if you have coupon this would be cheaper) but mine cost $3.00)
  • Boxwood faux bush from Hobby Lobby ($7.99 reg. price but I got it on sale 50% off for $4.00)

ballard topiary 1









Start by taking the small bits of boxwood plant off the bush – you can just pull them off. 


Then push the small stem into the foam ball fairly close together.  (Some of mine wanted to fall out so you could secure with a glue gun if you wanted.  But if this is going to just sit on display somewhere, there is probably no need for the glue.)


Make sure all the gaps are filled in and you have your own DIY version of a Ballard dome topiary !

ballard topiary 3

Here is the breakdown of cost:

$3.00 for the foam ball - I didn’t have a coupon :(

$4.00 for the boxwood plant from Hobby Lobby -50% off.  (And I have more of it left to do a smaller ball.)

and $1.99 for the white pot (clearance from Michael’s)

Total cost: $8.99! :)  I like that price much better than $49.00!  How about you?

Next up – I want to make a double ball (or maybe even triple ball) topiary like Ballard’s! :)

But for now, I am loving my Ballard inspired dome topiary!

ballard topiary

I am linking this up to the Ballard Designs Inspired party at the CSI project!



  1. I know that you don't know me, but this is awesome! What a great job! Love it!

  2. Thanks! And it is nice to "meet" you! :)

  3. What a great topiary, I love ballard designs topiaries but don't want to pay full price for them! Way to go!

  4. Hi Christina! I featured your fabulous topiary in my "Bloggy Clips Thursday!" Thanks for the great idea!

    Here is a link to the post

    Clickable Party

  5. Thank you, I have recently been searching for information about this topic for ages and yours is the best I have discovered so far.

  6. I just found your blog because I was looking for a ball topiary tree! Love your blog and love this idea! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Thanks for the inspiration! Such a simple project.

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