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Olive Topiary Ballard’s Dupe – Thrifty Style Team

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As I’m working on my fall decor, let me show you how I made an Olive Topiary Ballard’s Dupe – Thrifty Style Team

Welcome to our October installment from our Thrifty Style Team! This is the place where we get together with our talented and creative blogger friends the second Friday of every month. We each display, makeover, repurpose or transform something from our homes or thrift stores. A giant thank you to our friend Julie of Redhead Can Decorate for coordinating this wonderful group! This month I am sharing an Olive Topiary Ballard’s Dupe – Thrifty Style Team

Inspiration can strike when you least expect it

Recently I ventured into the big city of Atlanta with my friend Linda. As I often tell you, I live out in the country – which means that we don’t have the creature comforts of shopping centers or home decor shops. One of our stops was the Ballard Design store. This store is jam-packed with home design inspiration. One item that caught my attention right away was their petite olive branch topiary. Unfortunately, this beauty carries the hefty price tag of $29.00!

I instantly knew that I wanted to make these for my fall tablescape. Also, I made six of them for less than their price for one!

Supplies needed to make six olive branch topiary

  • 1 yard of burlap or fabric of your choice
  • scissors
  • olive branches – mine were 50% off from Hobby Lobby
  • 2 inch round styrofoam balls. I purchased mine at Dollar Tree
  • twine
  • glass rocks – I purchased mine at Dollar Tree
  • Hot glue and glue gun

The olive branches that I purchased from Hobby Lobby were 50% off, making this large bundle just $5.00. When I took the branches apart I had enough to make six topiaries. Everything else I had on hand in my craft stash.

How to make an Olive Branch Topiary

Needless to say, I prefer how my topiaries look. My topiaries have the olives in the branches and again, I prefer the lighter colored burlap.The biggest bonus is how much money I saved by making them myself. Even if I had to go out and purchase all of the items necessary to make these, I would still be way under budget. See the cost breakdown below.

Completed Olive Branch Topiary

I used the lighter color of the burlap, because I already had it in my stash. This palette suits my design preference as well.

They are beautiful in my fall tablescape, which I will be sharing with you next week. I will also share what I made with the leftover olive leaves.

Cost breakdown to make an olive branch topiary

  • Natural burlap fabric from Hobby Lobby – currently $2.99 per yard
  • glass rocks – $1.00 at Dollar Tree
  • Styrofoam balls – $1.00 from Dollar Tree
  • Twine – $1.00 from Dollar Tree

This is a grand total of just $6.00 – which breaks down to only $1.00 for each topiary!! Six topiaries from Ballard’s would cost $174.00 !!! What do you think?

Don’t forget to Pin this to your favorite Pinterest Board!

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8 Comments

  1. Ohhh…I LOVE this! What a great craft! I will be making these for my Thanksgiving table. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I just love how these turned out, they’re so cute and what a great savings! Can’t wait to see your fall table!

  3. Ooooh, that’s such a good idea!! Would look so cute with a evergreen spring for the holidays too.

  4. These looks so cute! What a nice addition to any table setting.

  5. I too just love when inspiration strikes. These turned out so cute and I can’t believe how cheap they were to make. Only $6? That is a game changer. I am excited to see your table now. Pinned!

  6. Oh my, I like yours better 💕💕💕!!! Very clever to put the glass stones in there to weigh them down… I get the Ballard catalog I didn’t know they had an in-person store!

  7. Well, I certainly prefer your topiary, too! The olives add so much to it. What a great project. xoxo, kristi

  8. Oh my goodness! This turned out so pretty. I appreciate the tutorial, too, and I had no idea you could flatten styrofoam….thanks so much for sharing this beautiful dupe. xo

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