DIY Faux Olive Tree Topiary

Desiree G
by Desiree G
4 Materials
1 Hour
Olive trees add such a nice farmhouse feel to a space but holy cow are they expensive! I was trying to find some for like $20 and I just couldn't find any that I liked under $80! While I was walking the greenery isle at Hobby Lobby a large olive bundle popped out at me because the stems on it were longer than ones I've seen in the small bundles. Everything was 50% off, so even better! It cost $6.50 to make this Faux Olive Tree Topiary! I already had the pot, it is from Old Time Pottery for $1.99 I believe. They have great prices on terracotta pots but I've seen real looking antique ones too at Hobby Lobby with the aging and patina on them!
I started out with finding a branch outside with stems on the ends and removed all of the leaves. The real tree branch really helps give the look of a live tree! If there are any extra branches on lower part of the stick go ahead and cut those off too leaving just the branches at the top of the stick.

I drilled a very small hole right above the branches. I cut the branches off of the faux olive bush and since they are a wired faux plant you can just push the wire stem into the little pre drilled hole above the branch.

I wrapped floral wire around the stem and olive branch to hold them in place. At this point you could probably use some moss to cover the wire up or just use hot glue at the base as you push the olive stem into the "tree trunk." You can see on one of the olive stems there wasn't a branch to wire to so I just drilled a hole and hot glued the stem into to the tree branch. 

For the top of the tree, I drilled a hole and hot glued the top olive stem into place.
Put some moss around the base of the faux tree.
Sit back and enjoy your $10 Olive Tree!!
Suggested materials:
  • Terracotta pot
  • Olive bush
  • Stick
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