Three Simple Methods to Make Faux Vegetation Look Actual | Thrifty Decor Chick

No inexperienced thumb? These fast ideas will make your pretend vegetation look actual!

An amazing fake plant or tree generally is a welcome boost to your house! Do not let the previous dusty variations out of your childhood deter you — synthetic vegetation have come a lengthy approach over time and look extra sensible than ever!

Our dwelling is filled with reside vegetation and I actually benefit from the life they bring about to our dwelling. However typically a pretend tree or plant is a good various — you do not have to fret about placement and if they’re going to thrive with out direct daylight.  

I love our actual vegetation, however they do NOT prefer to be moved round! 

Plus, they’re simpler to work with when you’ve got younger youngsters, pets (I all the time search on-line earlier than bringing a brand new plant dwelling) or allergy symptoms. No fuss! 

Fake ornamental timber can get costly, so earlier than earlier than shopping for be sure that to learn evaluations (if buying on-line), or examine the plant shut up. 

A high-quality synthetic plant may have: 

  • silk-like leaves that transfer simply and look extra sensible than plastic
  • trunk(s) which can be thicker and/or have particulars like knots and bark
  • sensible colours — light colours and discolored stems as a substitute of deep inexperienced leaves and lifelike branches are a useless giveaway
DIY olive tree in basket

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We have now a spot in our lounge that wanted some life, however I wasn’t positive an actual tree would do nicely in that spot. Plus, the value of an actual tree the scale I wanted was greater than I wished to spend. 

fake Japanese maple tree from Target

At first look I might inform how full it was — this tree is not an inexpensive buy by any means, however I might see immediately that it was well worth the worth. 

The tree is tall (proper round 5 toes), has a TON of branches and the Japanese maple leaves had been plentiful. It is a attractive pretend plant, positively top-of-the-line I’ve seen!

It was so full I had bother getting it into the cart. 😉 I needed to stand it up straight — you possibly can see me coming a mile away. 😂

It has two trunks which have a really slight painted mossy element: 

fake plant trunk bark

It ticked the entire containers for me, however I knew I might make it look even higher after I bought it dwelling!

Three simple tips to make your pretend plant look actual!

1. Fluff the branches and leaves to create fullness.

Many pretend vegetation will come to you want a fake Christmas tree — as squished as attainable for delivery. 

Most of those have wire within the branches, or will no less than be fabricated from plastic that may be manipulated considerably. Unfold these out in numerous instructions, bending them aspect to aspect as a substitute of going straight up:

fluffing fake plant branches

Give the branches a extra pure look by including a slight curve as they arrive away from the trunk. 

Be sure that the leaves are separated and unfold aside as nicely, as they generally get caught collectively throughout delivery. 

Bear in mind, actual vegetation are hardly ever symmetrical, so you don’t need it to look excellent. 

Actual vegetation develop in direction of the solar, so do not be afraid to angle the branches at a window only a bit!

2. Give it extra presence with a much bigger planter. 

My first step is ALWAYS to place the (all the time 😂) too small planter into a much bigger one. These teeny tiny pots are a useless giveaway. 

I do that with pretend vegetation of all sizes — it immediately makes them look extra sensible!  

placing small fake plant in bigger pot

I stole this one from one other room of the home. They arrive in two colours and three completely different sizes (that is the 16″ model and I spray painted it black). They’re an awesome form and look excessive finish. 

I additionally love dropping vegetation (each actual and pretend) into ornamental baskets. Outdated candle vessels look nice as planters for smaller vegetation. 

3. Cowl the pretend soil on the base of the plant

One of many largest “tells” on an ornamental plant is the pretend soil. That is a straightforward repair! Identical to with our actual vegetation, I exploit moss to cowl the “dust” on the backside of the tree:

real moss in bag

You will discover it at most craft shops or on-line. This bigger bag of moss will cowl many vegetation, pretend or actual!

I used plastic buying baggage as filler for the empty area between the 2 planters. This gave me a floor to put the moss on all the best way round:

adding bigger planter to fake tree

Outdated newspapers, bubble wrap or a flat piece of cardboard laid on high will work as nicely. 

SO a lot better!!:

moss at base of fake tree

That is the largest secret — a beefier base goes a protracted option to making a pretend plant look actual! 

This pretend plant has given this nook of our household room a lot life. I simply find it irresistible!:

fake tree in black planter

Some further ideas for pretend vegetation and timber: 

  • If you wish to forego moss, you possibly can add a small layer of actual soil excessive of the planter.
  • Ornamental river rocks are one other nice option to cowl the plastic soil on a pretend plant. (This can be a nice deterrent for curious cats as nicely.)
  • Do not be afraid to the touch up the stems or trunks with some spray paint or acrylic craft paint!
  • Identical to with actual vegetation, you’ll want to mud the leaves sometimes. 

Bear in mind — one of many largest giveaways {that a} plant is pretend is that it is too excellent! Do not be afraid to control it and alter it up a bit! 

In the event you can solely do one factor, I’d suggest altering up the bottom of the plant indirectly. Am I lacking any good fake plant hacks you have used?