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
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.
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.
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.
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!
PS – once you’re done with the candy canes, you might want a way to re-use them. Here are 35+ creative ways to use leftover candy canes!
If you like this project, check out this Christmas craft – apothecary candy jars: