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How to Make a Tabletop Boxwood Tree

A Tabletop boxwood tree brings festive Christmas cheer to any room—even if the halls have already been decked.  Maybe there’s still a spot that needs “a little Christmas”, like a bedroom for out of town holiday guests.  Perhaps this year you finally have time to try a new creative project and you would love to make a boxwood tree!

And I would love to share some “how to” tips.  It helps to know where it will go so you can make it a perfect fit for your home, both in size and décor.  Items that you will need for your project include boxwood, floral foam, a container, a knife, and a pair of shears or pruners.

Even for the experienced, it can be a bit tricky to determine exactly how much boxwood you will need, so plan on a little more than you think you will need. Behnke Nurseries usually has bunches of cut boxwood and floral foam (sometimes called Oasis). The knife can be a pocket knife or a kitchen knife.  It will be needed to trim the Oasis.  The shears may come in handy to cut thicker boxwood stems.  Now that you’ve gathered the needed materials and tools…are you ready to get creative?

Step one includes trimming the Oasis.  Refer to the photo of a full block of Oasis sitting by an Oasis block that has been trimmed into a modified tree shape at the top. The bottom of the floral foam may also need to be trimmed a little to fit your chosen container.  Make sure that the Oasis is secured in the chosen container.  If you use a shallow container, it may be necessary to use hot glue to secure the foam.  If you use a deeper container, the foam may be able to be wedged into a plastic deli container.  Once the foam is secure, thoroughly saturate it with water by slowly pouring water onto the top of the block of floral foam.  The gold and silver tree is made in a very shallow dish with a glued foam block.

Boxwood arrangement

Now comes the second step—inserting the boxwood stems into the Oasis forming the shape of a tree, of course.  Choose a straight, but “branchy” piece to be the top of the tree, then choose two less “branchy” pieces and insert one stem on each side of the Oasis resting on the container.  This determines the highest and widest point of the tree.  Refer to the photo of a tree “in progress” in the white pot.

The third step is to keep the vision of a Christmas tree in mind and mimic that shape with pieces of boxwood.  “Chunky” pieces work better and the process goes faster.  Work your way around the tree filling small areas somewhat randomly, instead of trying to complete one small area.  Working all the way around the tree then trying to fill any empty spots will give the tree a more uniform look.  Insert the pieces close to the top at a slight upward angle.  Using shorter pieces interspersed with longer pieces will give your tree depth.

boxwood arrangement (2)

The fourth and final step is adding small ornaments or ribbon.  The decorations can also help to cover any small bare spots.  Even adding a bow at the top with cascading streamers adds cover and provides a festive finishing touch!

In the spirit of the holidays, I will share with you that the boxwood tree in the white pot now sits just outside my front door.  The small ornament says Joyeux Noel. I hope that you have a joyous time making a Christmas boxwood tree this holiday season.

Posted By: Evelyn Kinville, Behnke’s Garden Blogger

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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