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DIY Olive Topiary Tree

I’ve dubbed this the summer of the olive topiary tree. They’re like the boxwood’s cute little sister. Fiddle leaf figs have had a big moment, magnolia wreaths hit the trend scene thanks to Fixer Upper, and now it seems like olive branches are the new fashionable kids on the block.

And I think maybe they’re my favorite. Because with all of the hustle and bustle we’ve had in working on home improvement projects lately, I’m ready to welcome some peace into our house.

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So today, I’m teaming up with Taryn from Design, Dining, and Diapers for a fun DIY Summer Decor Hop along with 11 talented bloggers. If you’re visiting from Lucy’s blog at Craftberry Bush, welcome! (And if you haven’t seen her incredible talents, I highly recommend you see what craft she’s shared because she never disappoints.)

I figured this hop was the perfect time to try out my own DIY (and less expensive) designer inspired version of an olive topiary, all with supplies from Walmart.

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Seriously, how realistic looking are these olive branches?!

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If you want a shorter topiary, you can snip the branch stems with wire cutters to the length you want.

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Then, bundle the branch stems together with floral tape.

I realized after I made my topiary that I could have probably gotten away with only using two olive branches. Mine ended up being really full. Totally up to you, depending on the look you want.

DIY Olive Topiary Trees | blesserhouse.com - A 10 minute craft tutorial for how to make an olive topiary tree (or any kind of topiary) inexpensively + 11 DIY summer decor ideas.

In the flower pot, I applied some hot glue to the bottom and stacked two dry foam blocks in the center.

DIY Olive Topiary Trees | blesserhouse.com - A 10 minute craft tutorial for how to make an olive topiary tree (or any kind of topiary) inexpensively + 11 DIY summer decor ideas.

And then stuck my olive stems through the center of the stacked foam blocks.

DIY Olive Topiary Trees | blesserhouse.com - A 10 minute craft tutorial for how to make an olive topiary tree (or any kind of topiary) inexpensively + 11 DIY summer decor ideas.

I stuffed my Spanish moss in the gaps all around the dry foam blocks and hot glued more moss on top until the foam was completely covered.

DIY Olive Topiary Trees | blesserhouse.com - A 10 minute craft tutorial for how to make an olive topiary tree (or any kind of topiary) inexpensively + 11 DIY summer decor ideas.

Isn’t it cute?! I almost wish I’d left the stems long without trimming and made it more scraggily with just two branches. But it’s still all kinds of adorable.

DIY Olive Topiary Trees | blesserhouse.com - A 10 minute craft tutorial for how to make an olive topiary tree (or any kind of topiary) inexpensively + 11 DIY summer decor ideas.

I’m very tempted to make several versions of it with different kinds of greenery because it took all of 10 minutes to make. Woo to the hoo! I think it’s found a permanent spot on our foyer table for the rest of the summer. And maybe the fall and the winter and the whole year after that.

DIY Olive Topiary Trees | blesserhouse.com - A 10 minute craft tutorial for how to make an olive topiary tree (or any kind of topiary) inexpensively + 11 DIY summer decor ideas.

The next stop on the DIY Summer Decor Hop is Kelly from Live Laugh Rowe. Her wreath might be my favorite patriotic project ever!

DIY Olive Topiary Trees | blesserhouse.com - A 10 minute craft tutorial for how to make an olive topiary tree (or any kind of topiary) inexpensively + 11 DIY summer decor ideas.

If you want to see the entire decor hop from the beginning, you can start here.

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17 Comments

  1. I am so excited for this post of yours, because just today, I said to myself, “ girl you gotta get one of these olive trees, because they are so beautiful, but you can’t afford them.” I even went to hobby lobby to find one. Now thanks to you, I will be able to make one for our home. The great part, it will not die. BOUNCE!

  2. Just love your topiary, am going to go right out and get the supplies. Thank you for sharing, it’s absolutely perfect!

  3. Your olive leaf topiary looks fantastic! I am going to have to try making one. I love having green plants in our home, but sometimes they die or take a lot of work. This one looks so cute, that it might be a fun alternative to the “real” thing. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Lauren, this is GREAT!!! What a fun, easy and frugal way to incorporate greenery in the home….. esp for people like me who LOVE greenery, but have a black thumb!?
    Thank you for sharing!

  5. Awesome! So glad I saw your instagram on this! And I never would have thought to look at Walmart for floral pieces. Thanks a bunch for sharing!

  6. Love the topiary….and heading out to get supplies to make my own!! It’s a perfect addition to your foyer table/chest as well. Thanks for sharing… 🙂

  7. Cute! You can also leave the stems long and twist two together and avoid the tape. I’ve done that with two olive branches. They look like braided topiaries. Thanks for the link to the Walmart site. I see they have a lot more interesting floral items than they do in most stores. Helpful!

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