How to Create a Boxwood Topiary for Your Holiday Decorations

Now is the perfect time to prune boxwood making good use of these snips to create a beautiful holiday decoration.  Creating a boxwood topiary is easy to do and long-lasting.

Gather materials:

  • A topiary form purchased from a craft store.
  • Cranberries purchased from the grocery store.
  • 4 inch snips of boxwood from a bush in your garden (or a friends’.)  It always seems to take more than you need.  Snip generously.  Any left over can be discarded into a wildlife brush pile.
  • An ice pick is helpful tool to “pre-drill” holes for the boxwood topiary.
  • Terracotta pot.

Topiary form

Filling in the form with boxwood

"Pre-drill" holes with an ice pick helps allow box to enter form easily

Almost complete

Because of the generous size, the box ball makes,  the base become out of scale.  As such, slipping this base into a larger pot balances the design.


Box dries nicely so nothing is needed to keep your topiary looking good.

Top with cranberries and voila!


Helen Yoest is a garden writer and coach through her business Gardening with Confidence™

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Helen also serves on the board of advisors for the JC Raulston Arboretum


  1. It’s gorgeous, Helen, as are the decorations in the previous post! There is nothing like the real thing when dolling up the home and gardens for the holidays. Then they can be composted, or put into the brushpiles for critter habitat when they dry out. All good. 🙂

  2. All good is right Frances. Better yet, no bow tieing. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. meghan said

    this is a real keeper! love it….in my book anything with cranberries to eat or not eat is a very, very good thing.

  4. Stevie said

    Oooh – now I have a new project to do – topiaries! I just finished making wreathes and I have the urge to do some more projects. Thanks!

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