I’M EXHAUSTED! Yes, making these topiaries has totally knocked me on my butt! There is a reason why some of us (yes, me!) actually are willing to spend a small fortune on our decor because the DIY projects tend to send us to bed at an ungodly hour. Seriously though, I’m loving my topiary project, and I really saved a bundle on doing this as a DIY project.

I initially fell in love with the Williams-Sonoma topiary and when I saw the price at $59.00, I was really struggling on how I could justify paying that much for something that looked awfully easy to make. Plus I wanted two of them and that would have been over $120 with sales tax and all. The hubby wouldn’t have been happy and since I have so many other items on my shopping list, one must choose one’s battles!

Here is my Inspiration pix:

And each is $59.00. So I decided I could do these a bit cheaper (as long as we’re not including an hourly wage in putting these together!)

Here’s what I ended up with:

I purchased basic clay pots at Walmart for $4.99 each (2). The hemp twine was $9.99 (but will last me FOREVER!). I purchased the dowel, which I cut into two pieces ($.59), the moss ball ($10.99 x 2), a bag of moss at $3.99 and some Plaster of Paris ($5.99).

I then took inspiration from a post on Heaven’s Walk on how to create French flower pots. I decided to go with that ‘look’ because I wanted something with a bit more of a ‘French” feel since I have the Paris map in the background.

In addition I wrapped the hemp twine around the towel for a more rustic feel and added a little around the pot with a knot.

So for about $55 bucks or so, I managed to create 2 topiaries. Plus I like how mine came out much more than the WS inspiration pieces.

I also created a couple more smaller pots but used a different design for use on my front porch. Saving that for another post!

Linking to these Parties:

Between Naps on the Porch

Savvy Southern Style

DIY by Design

The Shabby Creek Cottage

Feathered Nest Friday

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia