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Terrifying Topiary

Topiary, the art of creating sculptures using clipped trees and shrubs, is an old art form seen even in the tomb paintings of early Egyptians.




  • Saw
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Four 1 1/4-inch wood screws for arms and four 3 1/2-inch wood screws for head spikes
  • Nails
  • Eight 1-inch L-brackets
  • Two 2-by-4s for torso, base, and top
  • Two 1-by-2s for arms
  • Urn
  • Rocks
  • Sheet moss
  • Spanish moss
  • Western cedar
  • Floral pins
  • Carved pumpkin head


  1. Step 1

    Saw a 2-by-4 into an 18-inch piece; this is the torso.

  2. Step 2

    Using a drill, attach torso to top and bottom pieces. The top piece should have 3 1/2-inch wood screws sticking out to spike pumpkin head on at end.

  3. Step 3

    Use the two 1-by-2s for arms: Using a drill, center arms and attach on torso at the top.

  4. Step 4

    Place wood frame in urn.

  5. Step 5

    Place rocks in urn to secure in place.

  6. Step 6

    Wrap sheet moss around the frame and secure with floral wire.

  7. Step 7

    Attach sprigs of western cedar.

  8. Step 8

    Drape spanish moss on the frame.

  9. Step 9

    Drape spanish moss on the frame.

  10. Step 10

    Attach carved pumpkin head.

The Martha Stewart Show, October 2007



Reviews (1)

  • Nayda 1 Oct, 2008

    I like it!!