DIY Olive Tree

by Meg
2 Materials
1 Hour

I've been eyeing all the faux olive trees that I've seen online lately. I have also been side eyeing the price tags on said olive trees.

Like this one or this one from Michaels.

Or this one from Target.

Or THIS ONE from Home Depot.

A few creators on Instagram have recently made their own so I decided to give it a shot myself.

My favorite one was this one by Van of @percivalinbloom

I found a branch in my yard after a storm and thought it would make the perfect faux tree. While it was still wet, I peeled off all the bark and then set it in my covered porch to dry.

In the meantime, I picked out some faux olive branch stems that totaled about $18. Two stems was enough for a sparse tree. If you want a more full tree, you could get a few extra.

I filled a pot with soil and rocks and inserted my stick. Eventually I will put it in cement or foam or something more stable but I was using what I had on hand and this works for now.

Then I started attaching my branches. I separated individual pieces from the larger stem and placed them in different areas. I also put just some individual leaves on some spots. Just played around until I liked the look.

The best way to do it would probably be to drill into the branch and then use hot glue and insert the end of the stems, HOWEVER, my drill is currently broken so I made due with just using a hot glue gun and it came out just fine!

My favorite hot glue sticks are Gorilla Glue because they have such a great hold.

I wrapped some jute around a couple of areas for extra stability and thats it!

I absolutely love how it turned out. Especially for an $18 tree. 😆

The best part is: I can just continuously move it around my house.

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  • Lillyrose Lillyrose on Jun 13, 2021

    Very good job on the tree, it really looks like a live one. However I would like to know where you got the pot you put the tree in, it is so different.

  • Lavete Johnson Lavete Johnson on Jun 14, 2021

    Love it! ... Where did you get the complete propagation station??

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  • Bbunny Bbunny on Jun 28, 2021

    Really nice! Many years ago a friend made me a "palm" tree in the same way. The leaves have long since been discarded, but I hung on to the tree trunk thinking I would do something with it. You have inspired me to make my own olive tree. However, it is stored outside and since it is supposed to rain for the next week, I'll need for it to dry out first. Thanks.

  • Stephie McCarthy Stephie McCarthy on Aug 26, 2021

    Awesome, great idea!