DIY Fall Topiaries…A Michael’s Knock Off

I needed to get my craft mojo back, so while I was shopping at Michael’s the other day, I saw these…

They were pretty, but they were $19.99, and I knew they could be easily replicated, and even a little cuter! :)

So I bought all the stuff to make them.

2 little flower pots, moss, styrofoam balls, 2 wooden dowels (but you only need one), some garland and some of those separate swag pieces.

First I put a styrofoam ball in each pot, then broke the dowel the height I would want them, and stuck in.

Then spray painted with Rustoleum ORB (Oil Rubbed Bronze).  I really love this paint, but HATE the can it comes in.  I know you are probably not reading this Rustoleum Company, but please, please change the sprayer on this.  Thank you.

Here they are painted.

Ooh la la!

Then I stuck the other styrofoam balls on top of the dowel.

To make it easier, I did hot glue the bottom balls to the inside of the pots so they wouldn’t be sliding all around.

Then I just started sticking things in…

Just keep doing that until you get a nice full shape all around, and until they look like this…

Take that Michael’s!!  Ahh just kidding, I love you Michael’s!

After I was done putting my decorations in the top styrofoam ball, I did add a dab of hot glue on the stick and stuck it in so they won’t move around.  With all of this stuff it can get heavy on different sides. But hot glue saves the day.

Here are a few more pics.

Ahhh I love them!  I don’t know exactly what it cost me to make each topiary, but I would guess anywhere from $5-9, and that’s a high estimate.  Much better than $19.99 for one!

I have them on my entry table and will show you that soon.  All I can say is that I LOVE FALL!  :)

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  1. Very cute! I am excited to get my Fall things out and start decorating!! They look great on your table :)


  2. Very nice! I love fall don’t you? Such a time of refreshing and renewing! Ahhhh….just wonderful! :) Thanks for spreading a little fall inspiration.

  3. I love these! I’m working on my fall wreath right now. I’m slow going though. I need to get my rear in gear. I’m soooo ready for fall!

  4. Oh I love these! And even with 40% off coupon yours are still cheaper and to be quite honest I think they look better:) Oh how I love FALL!

  5. I love those — you did a great job! I can’t wait for Fall. I bought one of those red spray can handles (not sure what they are called). They are sold right by the cans of paint and run about $4. They are awesome — you have to try one. Your fingers will thank you. Ha.

  6. Love your topiaries! Fall colors appeal to me and I am ready for the change in seasons. You did a great job!

  7. Mmmmm…fall. I love them.

  8. I’ve been trying to figure out my fall door decoration I think I might take some insperation from you thanks!

  9. They are darling!!


  10. I love it! What a great project for fall!

  11. BEAUTIFUL LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM! well done. jen

  12. Those turned out great! I hear you about the ORB spray can. I sprayed some light fixtures with that stuff and had the worst hand cramps after I was done. I felt like Chandler on Friends after he played Ms Pacman for hours and developed a “claw” hand. Ha!

  13. Wow! These turned out great! I was browsing Michael’s not too long ago wondering how in the heck I could figure out making my own faux flower display. Thanks for the post! I’m feeling inspired. Hope to link back to this post soon with a neat creation of my own! :)

  14. I love these and have everything to make them except for the dowel rod, I’d love them on my mantel for fall! Thanks for sharing…yours turned out better than Michael’s!


    • Aww thanks Rondell! You can always use a stick too! I just don’t have any “mature” trees yet so my branches wouldn’t have been substantial enough.

  15. Okay, I totally need to get myself in gear with the fall decorations! Thanks for the kick! they turned out great!

  16. wow! i thought ‘just buy it’ ~ but yours looked sooooo much better! =)

  17. Very cute!

  18. OMG… That is super cute!!!

  19. Gorgeous, crafty lady! Awesome job…feel like trying it out for myself now!

  20. I discovered a BEAUTIFUL fall aisle at Big Lots the other day and just lost it! I CAN NOT WAIT to decorate for fall! It might make us feel better in this 100+ degree weather!!! I actually took a pic of the aisle and sent it to David with a I can’t wait message. His reply “don’t spend too much $$” HAHA! This is too cute Emily! I am TOTALLY stealing this idea!!! :)

  21. These are VERY cute, and so much better to DIY than buy them ready-made – you could even personalize them somehow, a little Welcome sign poked in, monogram on the pots, etc. I am waiting til September 1 to get out my Fall things – I love the season, but I am NOT ready to admit just yet that summer’s coming to close! :)

  22. gooooooooorgeous!!! think I can do those!!! thanks for the tutorial!!!!!!!

  23. Nice! I can’t wait to dig out all my fall stuff!

  24. Well you are so clever. I havn’t seen these, but yours are fantastic. You made it look so easy too. Love them. Now my wheels are really turning. Hugs, Marty

  25. What a great look! I will definitely try this, but I’ll think I’ll scrounge around the yard and use sturdy sticks instead of the dowels. You put me in the “fall mood.” Thanks!

  26. I love the topiaries. They are very pretty. Now I want to go out and buy the supplies to make some for my kitchen : ) Great job!!!!

  27. LOVE this!!! They came out beautiful!! I think Im gonna have to make a trip to the craft store this weekend…errrr…again…lol. Also, I just picked up that SAME pumpkin from the Dollar Tree today! Great taste ;) Im obSEssed with pumpkins this year!

    • Haha I’m obsessed too and couldn’t believe how cute the ones were at the dollar store! Don’t even have to do anything to them to fix them up so that’s even better. :)

  28. Those turned out FANTASTIC! I love them. I can’t even look at fall decor yet……….no no no……..I’m so not ready for summer to be over.
    Thanks for linking! :)

  29. I think yours looks better!

  30. I love this! Yours look so much better than the one at Michael’s did. Thanks for the tutorial. I put a link on my blog as well.

  31. Oh, my goodness! I love these! I’m going to Michael’s tomorrow… Thanks for sharing! : )

  32. Those are great- I really love the oil rubbed bronze paint color. I was just at Hob Lob today trying to get some fall inspiration, so this is perfect!

  33. LOL That’s the point!! Sorry, I’ve worked at my local Michaels for over 3 years. But they try to make easy decor pieces that inspire the customer to get creative and make their own! You were right, yours look way better! Great job and Thanks for sharing!

    • Oh yes, I know, just wanted to word it in a way that people wouldn’t take it as a slam against Michael’s or anything. How awesome you work there!!!

  34. Very pretty! And I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one who hates the ORB paint can!

  35. Oh No! Is it time for fall already? I’m not ready!
    Seriously, they are super fantastic! I think I may even already have all the stuff down in the basement to attempt this project. Guess I can’t resist any longer. Better start dragging out the fall decor.

    Thanks for the inspiration! :o)

  36. Love them! I just may have to make some for myself. Thanks for sharing.

  37. Very nice! I can see how this technique could be used for other holidays as well!

  38. I love your Toparies! Great job! Thanks for sharing!

  39. These are super cute. I like yours much better than the Michael’s version. I probably have most of this stuff in my “stash” around the house to make these. Thanks for the inspiration.

  40. I love them! I love fall SO much and these capture so much of what I love! Great idea!!!

  41. I should have know this thumbnail was yours! Visiting from Transformation Thursday. It looks great… I might have to try this one myself!

  42. I love what you did! I just *knew* they could be made cheaper ;o)

  43. How beautiful!
    You are a clever girl!

  44. Those are so cute – I could see them made for so many holidays – beautiful

  45. These are just beautiful. I love fall so much that I always look at fall posts first, and was so excited to see yours. My daughters wedding was held in Oct. and we decorated in fall colors, that was so much fun and since I did all of her florals I have tons of fall decorations and just can’t part with any of them.

  46. These are really getting me in the mood for fall. They’re beautiful!

  47. I still need a couple of weeks of summer! these turned out cute and when I can wrap my head around fall, then I’ll be back to look at them a little closer!

  48. I am so ready for fall. These are perfect. I need to go ahead and put out my fall wreaths.

    Also, I wanted to let you know about Atticmag’s new linky party – Giveaway Friday! It’s a convenient place for bloggers to link their giveaways each week. We’ve kicked it off with a fantastic giveaway of our own. Five lucky winners will win material to do a backsplash in their home. Hope to see you there!


  49. You’ve made me even more excited for Fall.

    Check out what I’ve been working on at

  50. I love fall and all the colors. I love Michael’s too. In fact I love all craft stores. I think your topiaries are great. I am glad I am not the only one getting ready for fall.

  51. Nice Job! I don’t do a lot of fall decor, these look great.

  52. Oh wow – those look GREAT!

  53. These are better than the Micheals arrangements!

  54. I saw those at Michaels and thought the exact thing….I headed to the dollar store for my supplies. I love how yours turned out, now I cant want to finish decorating for fall.

    Have a great weekend.

  55. oh i adore these! i shall rush out and buy the supplies to make my own! fall is in the air, and i am itchin to decorate, yahoo!

  56. I LOOOOOVE these! So super cute and festive! I think i will make myself some!

  57. Love those!! Great inspiration!!


  58. Oh my gosh! I looooove them! They turned out GREAT! I might have to do something similar. I so loooove that ORB! Thanks for sharing!

  59. So pretty, I love them!

  60. I was wondering what would be a cute fall topiary idea. Now I know!

  61. Great tutorial! I headed over to Hobby Lobby yesterday and grabbed a bunch of random stuff to make my own! Hopefully they’ll turn out near as cute as yours! I’ll keep you posted on them! :) Thanks for the idea!

  62. LOVE it! I love fall and this was the only fall (and first) craft I’ve seen! Thanks for putting me in the mood! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday! I’ll be featuring this tomorrow!

  63. I featured this project!

    Love it! Thanks for linking up last week!!

  64. those turned out DARLING!!
    can i ask where you got the supplies? {please say dollar tree….please say dollar tree!!}
    it’s so much better creating your own decorations then buying them. so much fun! i love Fall decor the best :)

    *come check out my blog too if you’d like.

  65. Whoo hoo! Great job. Gotta have some of these.

    Happy autumn!



  66. While I’ve already commented to let you know how much I love this tutorial, I wanted to let you know that I linked up to it on my blog, here:

    Thanks again for sharing!

    xo- M

  67. OMGosh! Pure genius lol. I love these and so easy too. Now i know what I’m makeing for my front table. Thank you.

    Cheryl@My Own Snug Fireside

  68. They are super cute!! So much so that I gave it a whirl myself! ;) Posting it tomorrow!! hee hee Thanks for the “how-to”!!

  69. Yours look better than theirs!

  70. Anonymous says:

    I’m loving these! I was in need of something tall on our mantel. I need to tone down the large TV my husband thinks needs to also be on our mantel! :) These will be perfect! Thanks for the tutorial.

  71. I’ve been searching the internet and blogosphere for a fall project that seemed worth doing and I think this is IT! LOVE IT! THANKS!

  72. I just LOVE these! I like them so much I couldn’t resist featuring your post on my blog!

  73. So I finally got around to trying these! I am excited with how mine turned out – no where near as awesome as yours – but I linked you up on my post about them tomorrow.

  74. I am so excited to do this…a little late for the fall…but I am sure this will easily adapt to all the other seasons and holidays…thanks!

  75. Stephanie says:

    Yours look so much better then Michaels and yours were cheaper. I am defiantly going to try this. IDK where I will put it, but oh well :-)

  76. You did a great job! I will copy. Thanks!

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