DIY Faux Olive Tree
This is such an easy (and did I mention inexpensive?!) DIY project that will add instant character to your home! And for those of you with Black thumbs, this is an ever-green olive tree! No water needed (well, maybe just a wee bit)!
These babies are so easy and so cute, I want to put them all over the house! You could even use smaller brances to make a mini-version!
Here are the basic materials and what the tree will look like before it is assembled (except you'll also need a branch and some potting soil)!
Use your scissors or wire cutters to cut apart your olive bush into individual stems.
Fill the bottom of your bucket with a bit of soil, then add your floral foam. Stick your branch into the middle of the foam, but be careful not to poke it all the way through.
Fill the bucket the rest of the way with dirt, and add just a touch of water - it will help compact the soil and hold the weight of the foam/branch more securely (you can top it off with water every few weeks to help the soil stay compact as well, and add more soil as necessary).
Decide where you want each olive stem, and use your drill to drill a small hole into the branch - big enough for the end of the stem to fit into, but also be sure not to drill all the way through the branch.
Put hot glue on the end of the stem, and a dab inside the hole, too; then poke the end of your stem into the hole and HOLD - yes, hold. You'll probably have to hold for about 60-90 seconds just to be sure it's secure!
Clean up the glue "cobwebs" and the rest of your space, and you're done! Readjust the branch in the bucket and press down to compact the dirt even more if needed!
You can always use more than one olive "bush" to make your tree more full - I may add a few more stems at a later date, but I'm liking the look of her for now!
And that's it y'all! Seriously so easy - and inexpensive too! (The only things I actually had to buy were the stems, bucket and floral foam, which rang in at about $15, because I only ever shop things at Hobby Lobby when they're on sale!)
Enjoyed the project?
- Faux Olice Bush (Hobby Lobby)
- Bucket (Hobby Lobby)
- Floral Foam (Hobby Lobby)
- Drill with 3/16" Drill bit (I had at home, but you can get one at Home Depot)
- Stick (Got mine in nature!)
- Potting Soil (Home Depot)
- Scissors/Wire Cutters (Home Depot)
- Hot Glue Gun (craft store)
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Gabi Ralea on Feb 13, 2019
I love Greece and I love olive trees, but the real ones are really expensive. This idea is totally awesome!
Ana Ochoa - Sunrise Valley Farm Co. on Feb 13, 2019
Thank you Gabi! I hope you can add a bit of Greece to your home with this DIY! :)
Skilled Thrifty Creatives on Mar 10, 2020
Dang, that is genius and beautiful! You have a great eye for decorating!
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