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DIY Christmas Topiary with Santa Hats

Use mini Santa hats and glass vases to create this cute and festive DIY Christmas topiary! This will look amazing on your holiday table.

DIY Christmas Topiary with Santa Hats

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!

(see all of our DIY Christmas ideas here!)

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
  • Polyfil
  • Small candy canes – enough to fill your vases
  • Scrap pieces of Styrofoam
  • Liner brush
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • 1/4″ stencil tape

Instructions:

Use mini Santa hats and glass vases to create this cute and festive DIY Christmas topiary! This will look amazing on your holiday table.

Using the circle stencil, cut out a circle from the adhesive stencil sheet. Use your craft knife to cut the stencil out.

Use mini Santa hats and glass vases to create this cute and festive DIY Christmas topiary! This will look amazing on your holiday table.

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.

Use mini Santa hats and glass vases to create this cute and festive DIY Christmas topiary! This will look amazing on your holiday table.

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.

Use mini Santa hats and glass vases to create this cute and festive DIY Christmas topiary! This will look amazing on your holiday table.

Fill in the letters where the line is broken with a liner brush.

Use mini Santa hats and glass vases to create this cute and festive DIY Christmas topiary! This will look amazing on your holiday table.

Basecoat the three dowel rods with Wicker White. Let them dry.

Use mini Santa hats and glass vases to create this cute and festive DIY Christmas topiary! This will look amazing on your holiday table.

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.

Use mini Santa hats and glass vases to create this cute and festive DIY Christmas topiary! This will look amazing on your holiday table.

Remove the tape immediately and let the rods dry.

Use mini Santa hats and glass vases to create this cute and festive DIY Christmas topiary! This will look amazing on your holiday table.

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.

Use mini Santa hats and glass vases to create this cute and festive DIY Christmas topiary! This will look amazing on your holiday table.
Use mini Santa hats and glass vases to create this cute and festive DIY Christmas topiary! This will look amazing on your holiday table.

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.

Use mini Santa hats and glass vases to create this cute and festive DIY Christmas topiary! This will look amazing on your holiday table.

Pick up the trim that you cut off; cut it and open up flat.

Use mini Santa hats and glass vases to create this cute and festive DIY Christmas topiary! This will look amazing on your holiday table.

Cut a piece of quilt batting to wrap around cone. Hot glue in place.

Use mini Santa hats and glass vases to create this cute and festive DIY Christmas topiary! This will look amazing on your holiday table.

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.

Use mini Santa hats and glass vases to create this cute and festive DIY Christmas topiary! This will look amazing on your holiday table.

Cut a piece of styrofoam from scraps and glue to the bottom of a vase with hot glue.

Use mini Santa hats and glass vases to create this cute and festive DIY Christmas topiary! This will look amazing on your holiday table.

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!

Use mini Santa hats and glass vases to create this cute and festive DIY Christmas topiary! This will look amazing on your holiday table.
Use mini Santa hats and glass vases to create this cute and festive DIY Christmas topiary! This will look amazing on your holiday table.

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!

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Katrina Olson

Friday 11th of November 2016

Hi!

I have been looking at these and loving them for a year. I was wondering if I could make the hats out of fur stockings I already have?

How do you know how to measure to make the narrow hats?

Thanks! Katrina

Amy

Friday 11th of November 2016

Hi Katrina! I definitely think you could! And as far as how to measure them - I would do it "manually." Sew a wide triangle with the stockings, place the cone inside and mark how tight you would to sew to with a fabric marker. If all else fails and you don't feel comfortable doing that . . . Just glue the fur stocking fabric onto the cone and keep the seam in the back.

Cindy Eikenberg

Friday 19th of December 2014

These are so adorable! Visiting from i heart naptime and pinning - thanks for sharing! Have a happy holiday season!

Amanda Formaro

Friday 19th of December 2014

These are beyond CUTE!