Topiary frames add shape to container grown plants.

How to Make Round Topiary Frames

by Jessica Westover

Creating topiary for outdoor or indoor display allows your inner artist to emerge and form a piece full of personality. Although you can purchase topiary frames from craft stores or garden centers, making your own gives you more control over the size and shape while reducing the project's cost. A round topiary frame makes a simple project for beginners and experts alike and works well in either a two-dimensional or a three-dimensional form.

1. Two-Dimensional Round Frame

1 Measure out a 6-foot-long piece of 8- or 9-gauge aluminum wire with a tape measure. Cut the length of wire with wire cutters.

2. Two-Dimensional Round Frame

2 Choose a bucket or other round container with a circumference equal to the desired size of the round frame. Find the center point of the wire and place it against the side of the container facing you. Bend each side of the wire around the container until they meet on the opposite side. Slide the wire circle off the container.

3. Two-Dimensional Round Frame

3 Cut the straight ends of the wire with wire cutters if needed, shortening them to a length 4 to 6 inches greater than the desired length of the frame's stem. Wind the two straight ends of the wire together in a spiral fashion to create a single, straight post or stem. Leave the bottom 4 to 6 inches of each wire end separate.

4. Two-Dimensional Round Frame

4 Bend each end of the wire upwards in an opposite direction so that they sit horizontal to the frame's stem. Bend the end of each wire downward into a half circle to create a base for the frame.

5. Two-Dimensional Round Frame

5 Pour a 1- to 2-inch-deep layer of potting soil into the bottom of a pot. Tamp the soil down firmly. Place the frame's base on top of the soil in the pot, centering it between the pot's sides. Fill the pot one-third full of soil, tamping it down over the frame's base to secure it in place.

6. Three-Dimensional Round Frame

1 Measure out a 6-foot-long piece of 8- or 9-gauge aluminum wire with a tape measure. Cut the length of wire with wire cutters. Repeat this process to create a second identical wire.

7. Three-Dimensional Round Frame

2 Choose a bucket or other round container with a circumference equal to the desired size of the round frame. Find the center point of one wire and place it against the side of the container facing you. Bend each side of the wire around the container until they meet on the opposite side. Slide the wire circle off the container. Bend the second wire into a circle using this same process.

8. Three-Dimensional Round Frame

3 Place one wire circle inside the other, positioning it in the opposite direction as the first. Ensure that the top center of each circle overlaps the other in a cross.

9. Three-Dimensional Round Frame

4 Wrap green craft wire in an x-shaped pattern around the crossing tops of the two circles to secure them together. Twist the ends of the green craft wire together into a short spiral underneath the top of the joined frame. Trim the ends with wire cutters.

10. Three-Dimensional Round Frame

5 Pull the tops of the four straight wire ends together, just underneath the circular portion of the frames. Wrap craft wire around the tops of the straight wires to join them together and close the circles. Twist the ends of the craft wire together and bend them upward into the circular portion of the frame. Trim the ends with wire cutters.

11. Three-Dimensional Round Frame

6 Wrap a piece of chicken wire around the outside of the joined circular frames. Bend and fold the chicken wire as needed to form a sphere. Tie the chicken wire to the circular frames with craft wire. Push the ends of the craft wire into the center of the circle.

12. Three-Dimensional Round Frame

7 Trim the four straight ends of the wire frame with wire cutters, shortening them to the desired length of the topiary's stem plus 4 to 6 inches. Wind the four wires together to create a single post or stem, stopping 4 to 6 inches from their tips. Bend the wire tips upward, in opposite directions, until they sit horizontal to the frame's stem. Bend each wire's end downward into a half-circle.

13. Three-Dimensional Round Frame

8 Pour a 1- to 2-inch-deep layer of potting soil into the bottom of a pot. Tamp the soil down firmly. Place the frame's base on top of the soil in the pot, centering it between the pot's sides. Fill the pot one-third full of soil, tamping it down over the frame's base to secure it in place.

Items you will need

  • Aluminum wire, 8- or 9-gauge
  • Tape measure
  • Wire cutters
  • Bucket or other round container
  • Pot
  • Potting soil
  • Green craft wire
  • Chicken wire

Warning

  • Wear gloves when working with the wire to prevent injuring your hands.

Photo Credits

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