Quick and Easy DIY Faux Olive Tree

6 Materials
1 Hour

Have you seen the latest trend of olive trees in home decor? They can be really pricey! But, you can easily make one from an olive stem bunch, and a pot you might already have on hand! You can make your own easy faux olive tree for under $45!

1) Gather supplies

Round up a pot around your house, or purchase one that you like. You will also need a tree branch the size that you want your olive tree to be, a bunch of olive stems, green or brown floral tape, moss or soil, and a styrofoam ball.

2) Glue the styrofoam ball into pot

Using hot glue, or other strong glue, glue the styrofoam ball into the center of the bottom of the pot.

3) Secure the olive stems

If there is a side of the branch that looks better than the other side, make sure that this is the side that you are using. (I forgot to do that and ended up making the whole tree backwards to how I wanted it to face!) Cut apart the bunch of olive stems. Wrap the olive leaf stems with floral tape along the real tree branch where you think it looks most natural. You may want to pull up a few pics of real olive trees, or faux olive trees, that you like to mimic the look. You can also cut the leaves off individually and glue them onto the real tree branch. (I did not use that method.)

4) Optional-paint the floral tape with craft paint

If desired, paint over the floral tape to match the tree branch. I just used a brown and gray craft paint that I already had and mixed the two colors together to match the branch.

5) Insert tree into styrofoam ball

If everything looks the way you want it, and the paint is dry, stick your branch into the styrofoam that you glued to the inside of the pot. Use an old towel, blanket, batting, or anything else you have around the house to wrap it around the tree and secure it firmly in the pot so that it does not move.

6) Top with soil or moss

Top with soil or moss for a more natural look.

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