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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.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, October 2007


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

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

  4. Place wood frame in urn.

  5. Place rocks in urn to secure in place.

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

  7. Attach sprigs of western cedar.

  8. Drape spanish moss on the frame.

  9. Drape spanish moss on the frame.

  10. Attach carved pumpkin head.

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