Christmas Centerpiece with live plants

DIY a Holiday Centerpiece in 15 Minutes with Mini Topiary Trees!


Bringing you a quick and festive DIY today; it’s one of my favorite ways to add a touch of nature during the holidays. I will show you how to DIY a Holiday centerpiece in 15 minutes with mini Topiary Trees.

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Seriously, this could not be any easier. These adorable topiary trees come in various shapes and sizes, and they’re surprisingly affordable! I found these at Trader Joe’s, but you can also find them at most grocery stores. I’ve even seen them on Amazon.

Holiday Centerpiece in 15 minutes

What you will need:

  • Three Topiary Trees- I used a Lemon Spruce, Rosemary, and a mini Cypress tree.
  • Basket or Bowl
  • Plastic to line container
  • Rocks to help with drainage
  • Moss
  • Mini fairy lights
  • Small ornaments or decorations.
Topiary trees for Christmas Arrangement.

Getting Started.

Prep your container.

For this project, I’m using a charming woven basket (similar here and here) and a vintage bowl, but any container will do.

A pic of the vintage bowl before starting.

Vintage Bowl

Line your container with plastic (unless you have chosen a basket with drainage holes), then add rocks for drainage.

DIY in progress for a Holiday arrangement.

I taped my plastic garbage bag in the vintage bowl. Then, I added a bit of paper (any kind will do) and more plastic to hold the plants in place.

Topiary Mini Trees

Now, it’s time to add the plants.

I used three topiaries in each container. I chose three because I like odd numbers. You could add as many as fit into your container. Both of my containers are about 20 inches wide.

Quick tip: Vary the height of the topiaries, as it will be more visually appealing.

DIY a Holiday Centerpiece.

Keep the tops of the pots to the height of the edge of your container.

Making a Centerpiece for the Holidays.

Once you are happy with the plant’s placement, add moss. I snuck in the mini lights to see what they would look like (and to cover the battery pack). You could also add these at the end.

Adding moss to a Holiday Arrangement

The moss needs to cover all the plastic. I’ve used a variety of types here for more texture.

A touch of nature

Adding touches of nature to the holidays is one of my absolute favorite ways to decorate. You can see a similar idea here. I usually make these arrangements around Thanksgiving, leave them natural, and then add decorations afterward for a more festive feel to take me through the Christmas season.

Topiary Arrangement for the Holidays.

Here is how they look once I’ve added a few festive touches.

Bowl of moss with holiday ornaments.
Woven basket with three mini topiary trees decorated for the holidays.

You can add ribbons, mini ornaments, mini string lights, and colored moss to make it more festive.

Lighted Topiary Centerpiece for Christmas.

The lights are probably my favorite.

Watering a Topiary.

The beauty of using these Mini Topiary Trees is that they are easy to care for. Keep them in a cool, dry location and water every 2-3 days.

DIY Holiday Centerpiece

I am linking a couple of options if you are looking for a container. This wooden bowl would be pretty, and this woven one would be great for every day.

I told you it was easy! What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time,


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  1. Rachel @ The Antiqued Journey says:

    These are ADORABLE!!! Both of the vessels that you chose to hold the mini trees are just stunning. These remind me of those fairy gardens with succulents just on a larger scale. I love how these can be used all winter long as green decor, too!!
    Truly love this idea. Thanks so much for sharing at Home Imagined this week! Merry Christmas!

  2. Creatively Beth says:

    LOVE this idea! And it is also perfect for those of us with small spaces!
    I’d love for you to join us over at the Creatively Crafty Linky Party every Wednesday through Sunday
    Followed and Pinned!
    Creatively, Beth

  3. Esme Slabbert says:

    Super cute and love the small fairy lights added.I visited you via Create, Bake, Grow & Gather Party #601
    I linked up this week with = Raspberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies and Tasty Homemade Cheese Crackers
    It would be awesome if you would share your links with us M-S at SeniorSalonPitStop. You will find it under BLOGGING.

  4. Anna Price says:

    You had me at “15 minute centerpiece”. I love centerpieces that can be put together quickly and easily. Your mini topiary trees are adorable. Thank you for linking up with the Home Imagined Link Party.

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