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I’ve been on the hunt for a larger faux tree for our living room for a while now. The space is mixed with things we brought with us from our apartment and is still coming together. We had a narrow faux olive tree we moved with that just didn’t fit the space. Most of the the faux trees I loved were thousands of dollars. Literally. I considered a real tree, but I know myself and it would be destined to die. I remembered seeing Jenna Sue Design post about making one out of an old faux tree and a real branch and it inspired me to make my own.
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I’ve seen different ways to do this all over Pinterest, but here’s what I did!
I got lucky and found a faux tree with similar maple leaves to the one I loved on Facebook Marketplace for $110. See the before pics here! It was only 5′ tall, but I could tell there were a lot of stems to work with.
We just cut a branch from a tree in our yard, which will act as our new “tree.” I specifically chose one that branches out, rather than just one straight trunk. Pro tip: measure before you cut to make sure it’s going to fit in your space. We cut it off the tree with height to spare so I could size it specifically for the room. Luckily there weren’t any leaves on that tree at the time so that made for one less step! Otherwise pull off all the leaves, just leaving the branches.
We mixed up some fast set concrete in a 5 gallon bucket and scooped some into a small plastic pot surrounding the branch. Per its name, it sets pretty quick so I just set up a chair next to it and held it up for about 30 minutes.
While the new tree was curing in the concrete (probably for another hour or so), I pulled off all the little stems from the old, faux tree. The stems on mine pulled right out with little force, but you may need to use wire cutters if they won’t budge.
I trimmed the top of the branch down a bit with some clippers. The tree ended up being around 90″ tall with 9′ ceilings for comparison. I cut off all of the little stems as well, only leaving the thicker branches. It’s more of a personal preference, but the faux ones filled mine plenty.
I used an impact drill with a 1/8th drill bit to drill holes in the tree base to stick the faux stems in. I tried to drill at an angle so the stems would sit in better and angle upwards. Honestly, most of the time I drilled right through the branch to the other side, but you can’t tell haha. Just drill a hole, stick a faux stem in, and keep going until you like it!
Towards the end I learned it does help to use the wire strippers on the end of the faux stems to expose the wire a little more. This helps them go into the tree a bit easier!
The stems on mine stayed pretty good with just drilling, but you could also hot glue if you want them extra secure.
I loved the shape of this cutie planter and added in some sheet moss that really brought it home. The whole thing probably took around 4 hours from start to finish! I may have my eye on another one for our home office ;)
Real tree branch for your base
Fast Set Concrete
5 Gallon Bucket
Small Plastic Pot
Drill Bit (I used the 1/8th bit)
That’s brilliant. And creative. Love this idea, along with all you do♥️
This is amazing! I’m definitely going to be doing this for my home.
This is genius! I thought I had seen most DIYs and honestly hadn’t seen this before – love it. Bookmarking for future reference 0 thank you!!
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I love this! I had never seen this idea before. I’m still living in an apartment but I know when we finally move to a house, the scale of all of our furniture will need to change which means more money. I love how this combines the scale needed but at an affordable price.
This is stunning!
SMART! I love this.
Wow, the tree looks so good! I’m amazed how full it is. I feel like this is the best of both worlds, real and faux. Usually my biggest issue with faux trees is the unrealistic looking trunk and this solves that problem. Great job!
This is genius! What a great post!
This is pretty amazing. Color me impressed!
I love seeing some shorter project DIYs like this. Thank you! It looks great!
LOL! Love this idea; very creative. (And just hope no tree expert notices the trunk and limbs aren’t the same kind of tree as the leaves! ha!)
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