Christmas Cranberry Topiary

Learn how to recreate this beautiful decoration, inspired by the White House, for your own home.


Materials and Tools:

decorative bowl or platter of choice
craft foam blocks
foam topiary cone (The one pictured is 3-7/8" x 14-7/8".)
evergreen boughs (12 were used for this project.)
hot glue and 2 packs glue sticks
2 bags preserved moss
3 bags real cranberries


1. Fill the decorative container with moist craft foam and then begin poking evergreen branches into the foam. The greenery acts as decoration around the tree base and helps hide the inside of the container. Be sure to add water to the craft foam every couple of days; this will keep the greenery fresh longer.

2. Working in small sections, use hot glue to apply a thin layer of preserved moss to the tree cone. Once that's done, start working from the bottom of the cone to hot-glue the individual cranberries. Try to keep the rows as straight as possible.

3. Once the cone is covered with the berries, gently place the tree in the center of the container. The weight of the tree will keep the arrangement sturdy.

* Note: Remember, you are working with real berries and greenery so the arrangement will only last three to four weeks. If you want a longer-lasting arrangement, use artificial greenery and berries.

Next Up

Christmas Ornament Topiary

Create an inexpensive and simply chic candle holder to add a bit of Christmas cheer to your holiday table.

How to Make a Boxwood Christmas Wreath

Why settle for plastic evergreen wreaths or natural greens that will dry out in a few weeks? Make a preserved boxwood wreath that will keep its good looks throughout the holidays and beyond.

Outdoor Holiday Decorating Idea: Mini Christmas Tree

Spread the holiday cheer to your front porch with this easy-to-decorate mini Christmas tree. A few handmade touches make it special.

How to Make Boxwood Christmas Topiaries

Turn boxwood clippings into DIY holiday topiaries to flank a fireplace mantel, bring some life to a holiday tablescape or add height to a buffet table.

How to Decorate With Fresh-Cut Greenery Indoors

The holidays are the ideal time to bring elements of the garden indoors.

Yarn and Button Holiday Topiaries

Get a little help from the kids to create these cheery Christmas topiaries. Great as a centerpiece or mantel or foyer decoration, these yarn-covered trees will add a colorful pop to any room.

Ombre Tabletop Christmas Trees

Transform foam tree forms into colorful holiday decorations with just felt and hot glue. Layer shades of the same color to create a modern ombre effect or use a solid color for a more traditional look.

Halloween Decorating Idea: Make a Candy Topiary

Cover inexpensive foam topiary forms with fondant and candy to create a sweet Halloween decoration or centerpiece that kids will love helping to craft.

Easy Ombre Coffee Filter Christmas Trees

Dip coffee filters in fabric dye for a trendy ombre effect, then stack them to create a quick-and-easy tabletop Christmas tree that's just the right size for a holiday centerpiece or party decoration.

How to Make a Christmas Moss Wreath

Bring unexpected shape and organic texture to your outdoor entryway during the holidays with a square moss wreath embellished with faux cranberries and ribbon.

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.