Make an Autumnal Apple Topiary Centerpiece

Put fall's bounty on display by making a topiary out of fresh pears or apples as a centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table or buffet.
Apple Topiary Centerpiece and White Plates

Apple Topiary Centerpiece and White Plates

Our step-by-step instructions show you how to put fall's bounty on display by covering a foam topiary form with sprigs of fresh greenery and apples or pears.

Materials Needed:

  • foam topiary form (ball or cone shape)
  • 15-20 small fresh apples or pears
  • fresh sprigs of greenery (boxwood or evergreens)
  • florist's skewers
  • pot
  • pruning shears or sharp scissors
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks (optional)

Attach Fruit to Form

Place foam topiary form in pot. Secure with some hot glue, if necessary, although the fruit's weight will usually hold foam form in place. Insert a floral skewer into form, leaving approximately 1-1/2" - 2" exposed (Image 1). Press bottom of an apple or pear into skewer (Image 2). Tip: Smaller fruit works best for this project. Large pieces may be too heavy for skewers.

Cover Form With Fruit

Cover entire foam form with fruit, evenly spacing pieces. Topiary may tip if all apples are inserted on only one side at a time so insert one apple on each of the four sides and then fill the rest out.

Sticking Apples in Foam Form for Autumnal Centerpiece

Sticking Apples in Foam Form for Autumnal Centerpiece

Cover entire foam form with fruit, evenly spacing pieces. Topiary may tip if all apples are inserted on only one side at a time so insert one apple on each of the four sides and then fill the rest out.

Fill Spaces With Greenery

With pruning shears or scissors, clip several pieces of boxwood, evergreens, berries or fresh flowers that are 2" - 3" long. Choose greenery with a stiff stem, so it can easily be inserted into foam form, or reinforce weak stems with florist's wire. Stick sprigs into foam, filling in all gaps between apples (Image 1). Continue this process until foam is no longer visible and topiary is full (Image 2). Tip: Refrigerate topiary or store in a cool place to extend its life. Use foam fruit and preserved or artificial greenery to make a centerpiece that will keep indefinitely.

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