This project is perfect for the beginner! Similar to wreaths, topiaries are a great way to add some greenery to your home. And you can craft them in different ways for all kinds of occasions. Our crepe paper heart-shaped topiary would make such pretty Valentine’s Day decor, or you can use it as wedding decor.
Just gather the tools and materials you need from our list below. Then download the pattern and tutorial to start crafting!
We Heart Topiaries
This crepe paper heart-shaped topiary is easy and simple to make. It is made using the same technique and these round boxwood topiaries, but rather than using a foam ball to create the crepe paper-covered shape, we formed a flat copper wire in the shape of a heart. For cutting the boxwood leaves, I have created the template so that you cut along the fold. This will give you two leaves attached that are easy to shape with a twist at the connecting base. You can cut all of your leaves by hand or on your cutting machine, but do remember to watch the grainline on your template for the best results.
Crafting tips: There is a variety of materials you can use to create the base for this crepe paper heart-shaped topiary, but we decided to use flat copper wire for a little metallic to shine through at the base. Otherwise, paper-covered floral wire or other metallic wires are great options. The PDF template includes a heart shape to help you create your base.
Don’t worry too much about bending the wire perfectly — you will easily be able to cover up any imperfections once you start adding the crepe. Because you are bending your own wreath form, you can make it as large or as small as you would like. The same goes for your terra cotta pot. Just make sure the sizes of the heart and the pot or vase look balanced! While you are bending, it can be helpful to hold it against a flat surface to make sure the shape is even.
The technique for making these topiaries is similar to our Potted Plant Series, so feel free to look at those projects for inspiration. When you finish crafting your heart-shaped topiary, you can tie a pretty ribbon around your pot for some extra color.
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- Cricut Maker or Silhouette Cameo 4 (optional)
- Craft Scissors
- Low-Temp Hot Glue Gun
- Needle-Nose Pliers/Wire Cutters
- Lia Griffith Double-Sided Crepe Paper – Green Tea & Cypress + Ferns & Moss
- Flat Copper Wire 18 gauge, 5mm
- Two 4″ and One 5″ Foam Ball (to fit inside your pots)
- Dried Moss (to cover your foam)
- Terra Cotta Pots — 5″ and 6″ (painted optional)
How to Make a Heart-Shaped Topiary
- Gather the tools and materials listed above. Then download the pattern below.
- Print the PDF template below and cut your crepe leaves according to the pattern, or use our SVG files if using a cutting machine with a rotary blade. The small heart uses 30-50 leaf sets and the larger 60-100 leaf sets. This number will vary depending on the size of your form and the density of your leaf arrangement.
- Using our pattern as a guide, bend the copper wire into a heart shape. You can make your heart as small or large as you like. Be sure to leave 4-6 inches of each end of the wire as your base. Place foam ball into pot and slide wire into foam at the desired height.
- Slightly stretch each side of the leaves to make them more cup-like, twist in the center at meeting bases of leaves, and fold so leaves point same direction. Use hot glue to attach the leaves directly to the wire.
- When attaching leaves, start at the base lower point of the heart so leaves are pointing towards the pot. Overlap and glue sets of leaves moving up the wire and on both sides so that you completely cover the wire.
- Once your leaves have shaped your heart topiary, add moss to cover the foam.
For more heart-shaped inspiration, be sure to check out our heart-shaped wreath with crepe paper cosmos. Or find all of our copper wire projects to see all the amazing things that you can create with the material. We love including you in our creative process, so please feel free to share your ideas, requests and suggestions for future projects in the comments below!
Are you having trouble? Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you out.
I wish you had video instructions for all of your projects as I learn from watching and copying rather than reading.
That would be lovely. Unfortunately, we are a small-staffed business and have not quite gotten to the point to be able to film and edit 12 projects a month. Maybe someday. 🙂
I reviewed the Boxwood Topiary link for instructions. I am confused. Leaves are cut out individually. How are two leaves connected when they are twisted?
The photo tutorial is a bit older (this is an oldie but goodie) so I updated the written instructions. It works best to cut the leaves on the fold so you have two attached, then just twist in the center. That also gives you a great place to add glue to attach to the wire.
What is the gauge of the copper wire and the length to make a small one/large one? I love this.
I updated the link for the copper wire and marked the gauge. Since I don’t have the final pieces in front of me, I will guess about 2 and 3 feet to start. There is plenty of wire in the package, so you can experiment with what looks best with your container. There is a template for the heart on the PDF as a basic guide but remember to have long enough legs so you can press it deeply into the foam in your pot. Hope this helps.
Do you have specific instructions for the heart topiary? When I click on the link it just takes me to a template for the leaves and heart. I did not know if you had the photo instructions. Thanks. I love this.
We only have written instructions provided with the PDF template download for this project.
Hi there, Is there an SVG to cut the leaves for the boxwood heart topiary? I don’t see it? Thanks Amy
Hi Amy, we have add en SVG file to this project! 🙂