Every fairy needs a topiary tree in a magical miniature pot. Periwinkle had a topiary garden that she tended every day. Her best friend was an eccentric topiary pot named Mr. Stone (this is sounding like a strange dream). Learn how to make magical topiary trees in polymer clay pots that look like stone by watching my latest tutorial.
Miniature Topiary Quick Supply List
I’m going to quickly list each supply for you to copy and paste into Notepad, and then I’ll expound upon the wonders of each supply & link to each supply so you can get a good idea of what I’m talking about.
- Gray & Olive Green Polymer Clay & Liquid Clay
- Mini Terra Cotta Pot (& remember the cornstarch)
- Amazing Mold Putty
- Paint (either Genesis or Acrylic) & Thinning Medium (which would be water if you’re using acrylics)
- Hot Glue Gun & Fabri-Tac
- Preserved Moss, Boxwood, &/or Eucalyptus
- Medium Grit Sandpaper
- Miniature Rose Buds (dried, ribbon, or paper)
Links & Additional Notes
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Check out the polymer clay at Walmart. I know it isn’t the same quality as the more expensive brands but for a thick miniature pot, there really isn’t any reason you couldn’t go with an inexpensive brand. I buy Bake Shop polymer clay from Walmart for my kids, and sometimes I use it when I’m out of a certain color. I actually really liked using it for these pots (I was out of gray Premo).
I’d never use it for making jewelry or dolls, but I sure appreciated it for these pots. Bake Shop clay is only $1 at Walmart. And pick up some of their dried moss while you’re there, which is also an amazing deal at Walmart.
BTW, I wouldn’t recommend trying to keep live plants in miniature pots because you’ll have to water very frequently. If you still want to attempt it, you might want to try succulents or a ground cover for rock gardens. I mention this because if you’re like me, you want to try to make your miniature world as real as possible, so you’re super tempted to actually try a real plant in a super tiny pot.
Not necessary if you just plan to use the terra cotta pot as a mold. The nice thing about making a mold of the pot using Amazing Mold Putty is that you can get that upper lip, so it’s a little more pot-like.
- Cornstarch (look in your pantry, that’s where I found mine)
- Liquid Clay
- Genesis Heat Set Paints (or Acrylic Paint)
This is the trial pack. A little goes a long way and these are kind of expensive paints, so a trial pack is a great idea.
I mention in the video that you don’t have to worry about Genesis drying on you before you get a chance to wipe it off, and I want to stress it again here. It really is a nice feature of these paints, I can’t tell you how many times I was glad the paints dried when I decided. It helps bring my art to another level, and I enjoy painting more because there is no reason for frustration when you know you can just wipe it off if you need to.
- Genesis Thinning Medium
- Medium Grit Sandpaper
- Twig (from your back yard)
- Hot Glue Gun with Hot Glue (Dollar store has the best price for glue gun glue)
- Fabri-Tac (or Fabri-Fix, or probably any glue by Beacon)
Fabri-tac has changed my life. I know I sound like a commercial but I don’t care. There are some products you find and you wonder what ever you did before, this is one of those products for me. I wish I could just say, “use your favorite fabric glue for this project”, but I can’t say that and mean it. I mean use Fabri-tac, because it’s the one and only. I’ll shut up now. Let’s talk weather or something; I’m still learning that talking about glues is boring. You can get Fabri-tac cheaper if you shop locally. I get mine from Hobby Lobby for around $7 to $8, I think, & no shipping, and that 40% off coupon just sweetens the deal.
- Preserved Moss (I used one of the moss varieties from this pack.)
I wanted to tell you guys the variety type, but they don’t tell you on the package. I’ve linked to the pack I used though…so you’ll know it when you see it.
- Preserved Boxwood or Dried Eucalyptus
Preserved boxwood is absolutely stunning but very expensive. If you can find a preserved boxwood supply for a reasonable price, buy a lot of it, quit your job, and resell it online. OK, maybe not the best life choice. You can preserve your own, but that might be more complication than you signed up for. Dried eucalyptus will have a similar effect and will smell amazing. Find a variety with smaller leaves. Good luck… I haven’t forged the way with the eucalyptus idea, but seems like it should work without a problem.
I bought my dried miniature rose buds about a year ago and they still look great. I also love the paper rose buds, they are just too sweet. Another idea would be to sculpt your own roses out of polymer clay (I want to create a tutorial on polymer clay roses in the future, but this week was not that week).
Quick Project Outline:
0:48 Periwinkle’s Topiary Tutorial
1:00 Use terra cotta pot as a mold
1:32 Bake, then decorate & bake again
1:56 Make the topiary tree, use a twig & preserved moss
2:05 Glue instructions
2:25 Secure the topiary to the pot with hot glue
2:35 Mr. Stone’s Topiary Tips
3:05 Sculpt two faces out of polymer clay
3:20 Make a mold using Amazing Mold Putty
3:30 Bake with clay pot in mold
3:37 Secure a sculpted face with liquid clay
3:42 Bake again
4:00 Secure decorations with liquid clay
4:03 Bake again, and repeat process for the other side
4:05 Paint it black
4:13 Wipe paint off
4:21 Paper towel fairy garden 🙂
5:02 Apply preserved boxwood leaves
5:06 Hold a group of the leaves together while cutting
5:16 Recommended glues
5:26 Glue dried rose buds to topiary
5:33 Ending remarks