24 Sep DIY Fake Plant Decor
I do love a beautiful landscape, gorgeous flowers, and healthy green plants, but maintaining it all? Not as much. After a recent plant fail, Crazy Aunt Patty showed me a creative and inexpensive way to make a custom faux plant arrangement. I was originally skeptical but it turns out, I may have to rethink faux plants. Let me show you what she showed me; how to DIY fake plant decor, can look, well … rather real! What’s more, you can make it yourself in 15-minutes. Flat.
I do pride myself in many domestic tasks, LOL 😜 but as the years go by, the lists get longer and the time gets shorter. So more recently, I have consciously tried to let go of the unnecessary. We all have our passions and non-negotiables, so why not focus on those, and reduce the tasks that don’t bring you joy. Marie Kondo has a point, no? It’s rather liberating actually.
Crazy Aunt Patty and Me
On the other hand, you might enjoy gardening and plant care but may just want to simplify. This is a great way to do that. The arrangements I am sharing today are very simple, but you can take it to the next level by adding additional plant varieties, colored plants or blooms, or more contrast. You can also look for artistic containers or unique plant stands.
Prepping for your Plant Project
When you decide what type of plant arrangement you want and where you want to put it in your home or office, measure the containers you want to fill. Take pictures of the container, stand or hanger, and bring it along when you shop.
Here are the project supplies that you will need.
Green Stems enough for your container
Floral Foam to fit your design
Planter Container, Stand, or Hanger
Plant Liner optional
( I bought all of my greenery and supplies at Michael’s)
Finding your Faux Greenery
There is a fine line between beautiful and tacky, for sure! For this reason, you’ll need to choose your green plants carefully. If you do, no one will even notice they are fake. But YOU will know because you won’t miss the watering, the clipping, the repotting, the undergrowth, the overgrowth, or the disease. Sit back and just enjoy them.
You are probably ready to shop? Check which stores in your area carry faux greenery. Look online or contact craft, hobby, or home decor stores. Determine which stores you want to visit and which fit your style and budget best.
Sources for faux greenery stems and supplies:
Try these links for a great selection of faux plants:
Shopping Strategies and Ideas
First, allow yourself enough time to shop. You’ll want to choose all the varieties of greens that you like and that look the most realistic to you. Take out a stem or two of your favorites, grab a cart, and set them aside. If you are using more than one plant variety, start by pairing them, side by side. Be sure to step back to look from various angles or try taking pictures with your phone. It’s amazing how much easier it is to make a decision when you can see it from different viewpoints. Keep combining different types of plants, until you find some options you like. Consider varying heights, using one upright plant with one trailing vine, with another height in between, if necessary.
Remember to handle all greenery with care. Faux leaves can be fragile and sensitive to folding or denting. Some varieties are flexible but others may not recover and you may not notice until you start putting your arrangement together. I found that out the hard way.🤦🏼♀️
Step by Step Tutorial
1 Gather your materials together in a well-lit working space. You will need your green faux stems, your floral foam and scissors to open up the packaging and remove the tags. You may want your container or plant stand nearby to measure and test ideas.
2 For this plant arrangement, a Boston Fern is the main focal point in the center, so, I began there. Start in a direction that makes sense for your arrangement. With a firm grip, push each stem into floral foam until it is stable.
3 Next, fan out the plant and spreads its branches or leaves. Make sure the size is right. If yours seems too small or large, you may need to add, subtract, trim, or purchase another size.
4 Now add your second plant variety. I used another fern variety. Pull back the branches from your first planting, push the next set of stems into the floral foam. Continue planting if you have additional plants or flowers until you feel you have the correct amount. I was going for simple, so two stalks worked for me.
5 To finish, spread out the branches of all plants and adjust to fill any gaps. When you are confident that you like the look of the plant arrangement, remove all the tags.
6 Place your finished arrangement in your plant container, stand, or hanger. Enjoy!
Add Just a Small Touch of Greenery
Consider using a smaller piece of green to give a shelf, table, or basket a bit of color. It’s even easier to find a single sprig or small branch that looks realistic. Look in the “pick” section of the Floral and Greens department of the store for starters.
Cleaning and Maintaining your Artificial Plants
Fake plants do need regular cleaning, or they may become dusty, fade, or deteriorate. Remove dust, dirt, and debris from your artificial plants with a microfiber cleaning cloth, a feather duster, a small brush, a vacuum, or a blow dryer (preferably outside your home). If your arrangement is simple, you could also try removing one stem at a time and running each stem under the faucet or hose, or dipping them in a container of water and patting to dry. Remember to also keep your arrangement out of direct sunlight.
I hope you enjoyed this quick project tutorial. I do love how fast it came together and I smile as I walk by these plants; knowing they look great but don’t need me anymore.
I hope you will challenge yourself to make something new for your home. If you try this or any Bloom creative project, I’d love to hear about it in the comment box below. If you share a picture, please tag me @bebraveandbloom or use the hashtag #bebraveandbloom on your photos.
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