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Heart Shaped Topiary | Pretty Handy Girl

The season of love is upon us. Have you embraced it? Or are you struggling to find something cute but not cutesy. Or something non-red or pink? Today I have a tutorial to show  you how easy it is to create a heart shaped topiary. Keep it for yourself or give it to the one you love. As the vine continues to grow, the heart will be embraced by the leaves and fill out.

In late Autumn, we had a final blue bloom on our hydrangea bush. I clipped it and brought it inside before the impending cold snap arrived. To keep the hydrangea company, I put a few snips of variegated ivy into the vase too.

Heart Shaped Topiary | Pretty Handy Girl

Over the winter, the ivy grew a healthy root system. Ivy is an easy plant to root. Simply put some clippings in water and keep it watered. After the ivy has rooted, you can create a beautiful topiary plant for a kitchen window sill.

Heart Shaped Topiary | Pretty Handy Girl

Begin by collecting your materials.

Materials:

Heart Shaped Topiary | Pretty Handy Girl

  • Ivy with roots
  • Copper water line or thick wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Pot
  • Rocks
  • Sand
  • Potting Soil
  • Trowel
  • Water

Optional: string, floral wire or a twisty tie

Instructions: 

Begin by bending the copper piping into a heart shape. Use round objects (like the rim of the pot) to bend perfect curves.

Heart Shaped Topiary | Pretty Handy Girl

Snip off any excess with the wire cutters (if you can’t cut through completely, bend the tubing back and forth until it snaps.) Be sure to allow a few inches extra on the copper frame to be buried under the soil.

Heart Shaped Topiary | Pretty Handy Girl

Put some rocks in the bottom of the pot. Insert the copper heart into the pot and down into the rocks as far as possible.

Heart Shaped Topiary | Pretty Handy Girl

Add sand for more stability.

Heart Shaped Topiary | Pretty Handy Girl

Add some soil on top of the sand. Do not fill the pot yet.

Heart Shaped Topiary | Pretty Handy Girl

Add the ivy clippings.

Heart Shaped Topiary | Pretty Handy Girl

Cover the roots of the ivy clippings with potting soil. Stop just below the rim. Press down on the soil to compact it against the roots. Add more soil if needed.

Heart Shaped Topiary | Pretty Handy Girl

Wrap and train the ivy clippings around the copper frame. If you have any strands that don’t stay put, you can use string, floral wire or a twisty tie to secure it in place.

Heart Shaped Topiary | Pretty Handy Girl

Water your ivy topiary and set it in a sunny spot. As the ivy sends out more shoots, train it around the wire frame and pinch off any excess that you wish to remove. You can probably root the removed strands to add later or start a new topiary.

Heart Shaped Topiary | Pretty Handy Girl

Enjoy your heart shaped topiary.

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Check out this tutorial from Pretty Handy Girl and see how easy it is to create a heart shaped topiary. Keep it for yourself or give it to the one you love. | Non-candy Valentine's Day gifts | #prettyhandygirl #Valentinesday #DIYtopiary #plant

7 replies
  1. nancy abruzzo
    nancy abruzzo says:

    The copper tubing is so inexpensive..I made a little yard art project with it last year….but like your idea more.

    Reply
  2. Debbie Gimbel
    Debbie Gimbel says:

    You really are pretty clever. Excellent instructions. Can you suggest what gauge of water line or wire is best. Thank you

    Reply

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