Ken Wingard's DIY Jasmine Heart Topiary


  • Terra Cotta Pot - 6" diameter
  • Potted Star Jasmine - it's very important that is has a few long trailing branches
  • Joint Compound
  • Metal or plastic compound spreader
  • Dark wood stain
  • Potting soil
  • Metal coat hanger
  • Pliers
  • Small piece of cardboard
  • Spray adhesive


  1. Cut heart shape out of cardboard and affix to pot with spray adhesive.
  2. Using spreader, apply joint compound to terra cotta pot randomly, covering edges of heart, let dry.
  3. Remove heart.
  4. Apply stain to antique pot.
  5. Rub pot with soil to further antique.
  6. Undo wire hangar.
  7. Reshape into heart with several inches of extra wire coming off of the bottom of the heart.
  8. Position heart in pot with two ends at bottom of pot and fill with soil.
  9. Plant jasmine in pot, trimming all but a few of the longest branches.
  10. Wrap the longer branches around the heart shape, affixing with string if necessary.