Ballard Inspired Boxwood Topiaries

Spring is in the air (and I’m definitely feeling it with the worst case of allergies EVER)! I’ve packed up all of my Valentine’s decor and am ready for some bright spring colors around the house. 

Boxwood Topiaries
I love getting my Ballard Designs catalog in the mail. I love the design concepts, but do not like the prices. See the boxwood topiaries above? Love them! $49 – $65! What?! Of course I know I can create a knock-off for a fraction of the cost. And I did. 

I found these Better Homes and Gardens fall pieces just last month on clearance at Wally World for just a buck each. Yes, $1.00! They were tucked away in the floral section, leftover from fall. 

I bought these because I knew I could use the pots. I removed the fall leaves and pumpkins and put them away for another project. Remember these green boxwood balls from Hobby Lobby? They were originally $4.99, but I got them for half-off. I also used them for a centerpiece on my breakfast table

You might also recognize this. It’s Krylon’s nickel spray paint and I think I am addicted. I’ve used it here, here and here. Good-bye gold, hello shimmering nickel!
Of course I added a little Distress Ink (another addiction).
And here are my Ballard Designs inspired boxwood topiary domes.

Let’s compare, shall we?

Boxwood Topiaries
Ballard Designs dome topiaries = $49 each 
(thanks for the inspiration)

My boxwood topiaries = $7 for the set!

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98 thoughts on “Ballard Inspired Boxwood Topiaries”

  1. Great idea! I love your topiaries! I may have to run up to Hobby Lobby and get started on some myself. πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!
    Pam

  2. Great job, Jennifer! I always love seeing Ballard knock-offs because I'm a Ballard fan {but not of their prices either}. I've seen little urn type arrangements like these at Michaels, but never thought to get them and take them apart. Now I know better!

  3. These are too cute! I want some!! Love that you sprayed them, and the distress ink is new for me. Can't wait to try it!

  4. Great savings and great project!! I had those cute little balls in my basket and then put them back. I have to go back and get them now!

    bee blessed
    mary

  5. Beautiful!
    I didn't even know Hobby Lobby had the boxwood balls. That will save me a lot of time clipping sections and poking holes in styrofoam! πŸ™‚

  6. Hard to believe you got those pots for $1.00. Usually just the pot with nothing in it is so much more, so you got a GREAT deal. I really like how you painted them. I've seen those balls at Hobby Lobby but didn't know what people did with them. Your project turned out really nice.

  7. Wow! What a transformation! I was just looking at topiaries the other day at Target, and was astounded by the prices. Seriously? $29? I'm going to have to go check out Hobby Lobby's florals.

  8. Wow! you did such an amazing job!!! I am absolutely obsessed with topiary trees!!! Wow! They look Fabulous!!! And for so little money!!! This is on my to do list!!!

    xoxo

  9. Actually I like yours so much better. And how great is it that you can take an inspration pic and make it even better!

  10. Hello! I am visiting from Diy By Design. I must say, I just love Ballard Design knock-offs, and yours is superb!

  11. These are fantastic. We don't have Hobby lobby where I live. I'm going to check Michaels to see if I can fine these.
    I found you on Blue Cricket's show and tell and am now following. πŸ™‚

  12. Love these! I have never seen them at Hobby Lobby – going to have to check it out! I picked something like this up at Tuesday Morning and Meijer – and put them down, now I can make my own, thanks for sharing! Visiting from DIY by Design.
    Liz

  13. Hi Jen! I am so happy I found your blog on a link party! I have a little girl and I love all your healthy food ideas – can't wait to try the smoothies! I love all your creative posts as well. You have awesome ideas!! I'm your new follower!!

  14. I love this! I'm a huge Ballard Designs drooler, which means every time I get the catalog, I browse and drool. Rarely purchase because the price is just beyond what I'd like to spend. Thank you SO much for teaching us how to do this on ourselves! Now if I could just weave my own Provence Market Basket…

  15. Oh my gosh! What a clever girl you are!! Love these little topiaries…so very Ballard! πŸ™‚

    xoxo laurie

  16. Absolutely beautiful topiaries. I love Ballard…yours are even more beautiful. Thanks so much for linking up to the Winter Blues Wednesday party. Hope to see you again next week.

  17. These are absolutely beautiful! Great job. I am looking forward to exploring the rest of your blog. You are so talented!

    Rebecca Cousins
    Freckles Crafts

  18. Adore topiaries and Ballard designs~ these are fantastic! Stopping by from TT~ nice to meet you! πŸ™‚

  19. I'm SO excited I found this project, because yesterday at the Dollar store I saw those greenery balls for $2ea and couldn't think how to use them. Definitely going back. Definitely trying my hand at this.
    I'm your newest follower. Adore your blog!

  20. These turned out great! I love them – I will be keeping my eyes open for those lovely little boxwood balls (we sadly don't have a Hobby Lobby in the Seattle area)!

    Chelsea

  21. OMGoodness…these are a must do…love how THRIFTY they were. I’m having a giveaway…be sure to come by and check it out…it ends March 6.

    Blessings,
    Linda

  22. Perfect! The pots are the perfect size… nice job! Thanks for linking up Flaunt it Friday! πŸ™‚

  23. Love topiaries. I was shocked at the price of the urns, I understand fall clearance but still anything in an urn shape … just shocked. Can you pick me up some. (sure the shipping to Vancouver wont cost too much) WINK!!! Keep up the great work
    Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

  24. These are great! I have been coveting the angel vine topiaries, but these just might scratch the itch. Thanks fir the inspiration!

  25. OMG! Those are great! I'm going to see if one of our Wally Worlds have any of those left. Our stores keep moving stuff around & then I think those items are all gone. I have to say, Walmart has had some pretty nice items like that for the last couple of years. Their fall stuff was darn amazing. I am probably the only person around (unless you happen to live in my little town) who lives in the land of no Hobby Lobby. I know, how sad. But we are moving soon, I hope, to the big city where they abound. Can't wait!
    CAS

  26. Those look amazing, what a great job. Can you believe we finally just got our first Hobby Lobby? Apparently I need to get there…pronto!

  27. Fun project πŸ™‚ I have made topairys for clients~~~love yours!! and the price yippee!! awesome

    What a cute blog..and I love your adorable profile pic :))

    So nice to meet you~~~have a blessed Sunday!

    Stopping by via Showcase Sunday…

    Kay Ellen

  28. Totally in love, what a fabulous idea! I am now on the hunt for great deals to remake these! Thanks for sharing your talent! πŸ™‚

    Jenn@
    builditsewitloveit.blogspot.com

  29. These look fantastic. I was in PB last night looking at some similar (overpriced) pieces! Yours look much better!

  30. Where in Hobby Lobby did you find the boxwood balls? I looked the other day and couldn't find anything like them. I have wanted to make something like this for a while. Great Tutorial!

  31. This is brilliant! I'm with you on those awful Ballard prices. Great Before and After!

  32. I have been SEARCHING for topiaries everywhere with NO luck! Yours look fabulous! I could make some IF I could find the boxwood balls, no HL near me:(:(:( I will keep looking for the components though. The Ballard prices are NUTS:):)

  33. I just love these! I need and want some just like them! I featured them on Hoo's got talent! Thanks for linking up to the party!

  34. oh my gosh! maybe if we gang up on the Ballards and PB's of the world, we can drive down prices…love it! didn't know about the spheres though at Hobby Lobby!
    juliesfreshperspectives.blogspot.com

  35. So cute! I may have to try these! I saw the bases in the Dollar Store the other day and freaked out thinking of this DIY!

  36. Your definitely win! I am thinking of making a couple of these myself for the ledge over the sofa in the front room. I love silk and plastic plants – mainly because the cat does not!

  37. Hi Jen, I'm loving your blog and the topiaries are fantastic. I hope you'll share those with the group on the K's message board. Great looking.
    I just became your newest follower and hope you come visit my blog, too.

    Thanks,
    Helen

  38. Love them, I have the same thing, from Walmart too…but I keep my brown…I know what Im busting out tomorrow. Thanks for the style πŸ˜‰

  39. These are awesome! I didn't know you could buy the balls at Hobby Lobby. I love the look of topiaries so I may need to swing by the floral section on my next shopping trip… Thanks!
    (via Someday Crafts)

  40. Jen I LOVE your Ballard knock-offs! What a score at a buck a piece… go you! Your project is in the PoPP Spotlight this week. Thanks for linking up.

  41. I LOVE your topiary set & your blog! I'm your newest follower…I found your blog from pinterest. I hope you'll stop by my new blog & follow along too!
    loveofhomes.blogspot.com

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