Cotton & Quill may be best known for the bright ebullient patterns and colors in its fabrics and wall coverings, but owner and creative talent Mary Catherine Folmar also offers a line of wreath and topiary forms. Here, she shares her step-by-step creation for a topiary centerpiece with persimmons. For more tutorials, visit cottonquill.com.
Cotton & Quill Topiary Form
Charger, plate, or container to use as a base
Persimmons (Fuyu or Hachiya; approximately 27)
Clear spray sealant
Boxwood or cedar for filler
Clean the persimmons, and spray with sealant.
Let the clear coat dry, rotate the fruit, and repeat.
Add fruit to the nails on the topiary form. Tip: Start from the top and work down, rotating the topiary as you go to keep fruit balanced.
Fill in gaps with boxwood or cedar.
Fill water picks and insert flowers into the picks. Insert the picks at an angle into the greenery.
Enjoy your new centerpiece.
Keep it fresh: Replace fruit and blooms as needed. Topiaries tend to last longer when used in a cool, dry place. If a piece of fruit softens or begins to mildew, replace it immediately to keep it from spreading.
Use plenty of greenery: Snip from your own backyard. Boxwood, cedar, shrubbery, and magnolia all make a beautiful impact.
Add an extra flourish. Weave in a cranberry garland for added color.
Work with a lazy Susan. A rotating lazy Susan makes filling the topiary form easier.
In addition to her fabric and clothing line, Mary Catherine has topiary and wreath forms available through cottonquill.com. Topiary forms are $108, and wreath forms are $160. She also offers custom, finished creations. Cottonquill.com