Three Simple Methods to Make Pretend Crops Look Actual | Thrifty Decor Chick

No inexperienced thumb? These fast ideas will make your faux crops look actual!

An important fake plant or tree generally is a welcome addition to your house! Do not let the outdated dusty variations out of your childhood deter you — synthetic crops have come a lengthy manner through the years and look extra practical than ever!

Our dwelling is filled with stay crops and I actually benefit from the life they convey to our dwelling. However generally a faux tree or plant is a superb various — you do not have to fret about placement and if they’re going to thrive with out direct daylight.  

I love our actual crops, however they do NOT prefer to be moved round! 

Plus, they’re simpler to work with if in case you have younger children, pets (I all the time search on-line earlier than bringing a brand new plant dwelling) or allergic reactions. No fuss! 

Fake ornamental bushes can get costly, so earlier than earlier than shopping for be certain to learn critiques (if buying on-line), or examine the plant shut up. 

A high-quality synthetic plant could have: 

  • silk-like leaves that transfer simply and look extra practical than plastic
  • trunk(s) which might be thicker and/or have particulars like knots and bark
  • practical colours — pale colours and discolored stems as an alternative of deep inexperienced leaves and lifelike branches are a lifeless giveaway
DIY olive tree in basket

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We now have a spot in our lounge that wanted some life, however I wasn’t certain an actual tree would do effectively in that spot. Plus, the value of an actual tree the scale I wanted was greater than I needed to spend. 

fake Japanese maple tree from Target

At first look I may inform how full it was — this tree is not an inexpensive buy by any means, however I may see straight away that it was definitely worth the value. 

The tree is tall (proper round 5 toes), has a TON of branches and the Japanese maple leaves have been plentiful. It is a attractive faux plant, undoubtedly top-of-the-line I’ve seen!

It was so full I had bother getting it into the cart. 😉 I needed to stand it up straight — you would see me coming a mile away. 😂

It has two trunks which have a really slight painted mossy element: 

fake plant trunk bark

It ticked all the bins for me, however I knew I may make it look even higher after I acquired it dwelling!

Three simple tips to make your faux plant look actual!

1. Fluff the branches and leaves to create fullness.

Many faux crops will come to you want a pretend Christmas tree — as squished as doable for transport. 

Most of those have wire within the branches, or will at the least be made from plastic that may be manipulated considerably. Unfold these out in several instructions, bending them aspect to aspect as an alternative of going straight up:

fluffing fake plant branches

Give the branches a extra pure look by including a slight curve as they arrive away from the trunk. 

Be sure the leaves are separated and unfold aside as effectively, as they generally get caught collectively throughout transport. 

Bear in mind, actual crops are hardly ever symmetrical, so you do not need it to look excellent. 

Actual crops develop in direction of the solar, so do not be afraid to angle the branches at a window only a bit!

2. Give it extra presence with a much bigger planter. 

My first step is ALWAYS to place the (all the time 😂) too small planter into a much bigger one. These teeny tiny pots are a lifeless giveaway. 

I do that with faux crops of all sizes — it immediately makes them look extra practical!  

placing small fake plant in bigger pot

I stole this one from one other room of the home. They arrive in two colours and three completely different sizes (that is the 16″ model and I spray painted it black). They’re an excellent form and look excessive finish. 

I additionally love dropping crops (each actual and pretend) into ornamental baskets. Outdated candle vessels look nice as planters for smaller crops. 

3. Cowl the faux soil on the base of the plant

One of many greatest “tells” on an ornamental plant is the faux soil. That is a straightforward repair! Identical to with our actual crops, I take advantage of moss to cowl the “dust” on the backside of the tree:

real moss in bag

You will discover it at most craft shops or on-line. This bigger bag of moss will cowl many crops, faux or actual!

I used plastic buying luggage as filler for the empty area between the 2 planters. This gave me a floor to put the moss on all the way in which round:

adding bigger planter to fake tree

Outdated newspapers, bubble wrap or a flat piece of cardboard laid on high will work as effectively. 

SO a lot better!!:

moss at base of fake tree

That is the most important secret — a beefier base goes an extended option to making a faux plant look actual! 

This faux plant has given this nook of our household room a lot life. I simply adore it!:

fake tree in black planter

Some extra ideas for faux crops and bushes: 

  • If you wish to forego moss, you’ll be able to add a small layer of actual soil excessive of the planter.
  • Ornamental river rocks are one other nice option to cowl the plastic soil on a faux plant. (It is a nice deterrent for curious cats as effectively.)
  • Do not be afraid to the touch up the stems or trunks with some spray paint or acrylic craft paint!
  • Identical to with actual crops, make sure you mud the leaves often. 

Bear in mind — one of many greatest giveaways {that a} plant is faux is that it is too excellent! Do not be afraid to control it and alter it up a bit! 

When you can solely do one factor, I might suggest altering up the bottom of the plant in a roundabout way. Am I lacking any good fake plant hacks you have used?