Use mini Santa hats and glass vases to create this cute and festive DIY Christmas topiary! This will look amazing on your holiday table.
Looking for an inexpensive holiday table centerpiece? This DIY Christmas topiary is the ticket! It takes dollar store Santa hats and scales them down to fit foam cones . . . making them looking quite Who-villian as far as I’m concerned.
This entire display reminds me of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and the stripes and polka dots are key in that sentiment. And interestingly enough, you can get most of these items at the dollar store, so this is a perfect budget craft idea for Christmas.
Here’s how this Christmas topiary display is done!
Santa Hat DIY Christmas Topiary
Gather These Supplies
- FolkArt Enamel paint – Wicker White, Lipstick Red
- FolkArt Acrylic paint – Wicker White, Lipstick Red
- Plaid 8 × 10 circle stencil
- Plaid Peel and Stick Painting Blank Stencil
- Adhesive holiday stencil with “HO” – you can also cut this yourself on the blank stencil
- Plaid dauber set
- Three glass vases
- Three santa hats
- Three foam cones
- Three 1/2″ x 12″ dowel rods
- Craft knife
- Quilt batting
- Small candy canes – enough to fill your vases
- Scrap pieces of Styrofoam
- Liner brush
- Hot glue
- Sewing machine
- 1/4″ stencil tape
Using the circle stencil, cut out a circle from the adhesive stencil sheet. Use your craft knife to cut the stencil out.
One at a time, place the circle stencil in the center of the glass vase and smooth. Using the 5/8″ dauber, paint the circle with the Enamel lipstick red. Remove the stencil immediately while the paint is wet, wash, and let dry. Then repeat.
When the red is completely dry, stencil “HO” on each of the vases in the center of the circle, using the white enamel paint. Peel the stencil up immediately.
Fill in the letters where the line is broken with a liner brush.
Basecoat the three dowel rods with Wicker White. Let them dry.
Wrap the 1/4″ masking tape around the dowels as shown in photo, making a spiral like on a candy cane. Using the dauber, paint the dowels with Acrylic Lipstick Red.
Remove the tape immediately and let the rods dry.
Our next trick will be to show you how to take three regular Santa hats and make them fit the cones. First, cut the trim off hat.
Measure the foam cones and the sew the sides of the hat so that it will fit snugly on the cone. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can also hot glue it, but this will look better. After you’ve sew down the hat to make it smaller, trim the excess fabric.
Pick up the trim that you cut off; cut it and open up flat.
Cut a piece of quilt batting to wrap around cone. Hot glue in place.
Place your sewn hat down over the cone and the quilt batting. Hot glue the white trim back around the base of the hat and cut as needed.
Then use your adhesive stencil to make circles on the hat using your Acrylic Lipstick Red paint. Repeat with the other two hats and let dry.
Cut a piece of styrofoam from scraps and glue to the bottom of a vase with hot glue.
Stick dowels into the bottoms of cones – then stick the dowel rod into the foam piece in the vase. Use the candy canes and polyfil to fill the vases as shown in the photo. You’re done!
Doesn’t this Christmas centerpiece look amazing? Simple . . . though there are a few steps, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make. If you try this Christmas topiary, let me know in the comments. Happy Holidays!
If you like this project, check out this Christmas craft – apothecary candy jars: