Boxwood on a BudgetJanuary 24, 2013 |My obsession with Boxwood is really becoming something serious, especially since it’s so pricey. Planters, topiaries, and wreaths…oh my!If you are like me and cannot figure out WHY ON EARTH dried greenery is so expensive—this project is for you. My love for boxwood started out at the front door. Nothing makes me happier than a nicely groomed boxwood tree in a beautiful planter on either side of a front door. How welcoming, right?! I find myself wanting to knock on random doors and be-friend strangers strictly because of a well-maintained boxwood. #I.Have.A.Problem.Oh Hello There Gorgeous! Image VIAAnywho, MY front door will have to wait for it’s makeover, as I keep my eye out for the perfect planters. Until then, either side of the mantle will have to do. So, when we moved in we decided to frame out the mantle all of the way to the ceiling so that we could hang the TV on top of it, yet still have a decorative feel. We were very pleased with the overall look, but I knew that we still needed decor to finish out. See Before and After pics below.I have been hunting for boxwood topiaries to go on either side of the mantle, which would give it height and color while still keeping the look simplistic and balanced. Let’s just say what I was finding was out of the budget. See here. and here. and here. Then today in Marshall’s…like glistening jewels…there were artificial boxwood balls for just $5.99! My wheels immediately started turning as I snatched them up. I hopped over to Hobby Lobby, grabbed wooden twigs, moss, and florist foam and was on my way back home a happy girl. See how they turned out…Not bad for under $30, right?!