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Are you looking for a statement piece for your home, but don’t want to deal with the hassle of caring for a real plant?

Look no further than creating your own faux tree!

Not only do faux trees require minimal maintenance, they also allow you to customize the size and style to fit your space.

While I love the beauty and vibe that real plants add to any room, I also knew in this basement office it would not be practical.

So the solution is a faux tree.

While there are many options for purchasing faux trees, however if you’d like to customize it for your space or save a little money, making your own tree is the way to go!

In fact, I only spent $30 to make my faux tree.

Keep reading for a step-by-step guide on how to make your own DIY faux tree.

One Room Challenge To-Do List

Welcome to week 5 of the One Room Challenge!

While I’d hoped to have the moulding all installed in our office this week.

But due to shipping delays we are still waiting for it to arrive.

Keep your fingers crossed that it arrives this week!

But with a long list of projects still to do, we did map out our moulding design in the room and get the base moulding installed for the built-in bookshelves.

Plus we made our DIY faux tree.

Let’s take a look at what still needs to be finished in the next couple of weeks.

  • Paint room – 2 coats
  • Build lower cabinets for built-ins
  • Build shelves
  • Install cabinets
  • Build window seat
  • Install shelves
  • Install moulding for built-ins
  • Paint built-ins
  • Install laminate floor
  • Install door casing and baseboards
  • Paint door casings and baseboards
  • Build cabinet doors and drawers
  • Paint cabinet doors and drawers
  • Crown moulding
  • Install picture frame moulding
  • Caulk, putty and paint picture frame and crown moulding
  • Refinish and modify desk
  • Install hardware on built-ins
  • Paint doors
  • Paint window frame
  • Window sill
  • Install sconce
  • Library lights
  • DIY faux tree
  • Art on wall
  • Style bookshelves
  • Roman shade
  • Window seat cushion

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As a reminder you can easily navigate through each week of this dark and mood home office project.

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 you’re here | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8

And for more ideas and inspiration head on over to see all of the amazing room makeovers on the One Room Challenge blog.


On a personal note . . .

I want to share a time saving tip that we’ve implemented before we started this One Room Challenge.

In the past when we are working on a big project like this, preparing meals goes out the window and more often than not we are grabbing fast food.

Certainly with a little preparation and planning we knew meal time could be improved.

While we’ve all heard about meals that are delivered to your home and are simple to prepare, but they can be expensive.

But we recently heard about the Six Sisters Stuff freezer meal plan and decided to purchase it and give it a try.

Let me tell you a little about it, each month you’ll receive 10 new freezer meal recipes and a shopping list.

You spend a couple of hours preparing your freezer meals and place them in the freezer for busy days.

Let me tell you it’s been a game changer for both of us!

The meals are healthy and delicious and simple to prepare.

We’ve enjoyed Mississippi chicken, Bejing beef, Butternut squash and tortellini soup to name a few.

If you’re looking for a healthy way to make your meal prepping simpler, give this a try.

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DIY Faux Tree Supplies

Here’s a complete list of the supplies we used.

You may already have a few of the supplies on hand.

The only product I needed to purchase were the ficus leaves.

In fact, I had cement leftover from another project and had a plastic nursery pot.

So really this is an inexpensive project to make.

Select a Sturdy Base for Faux Tree

Woman outside with trees in background, pruning tree branch for a DIY faux tree.

First you’ll want to select a base for your faux tree, such as a large branch from a tree.

I went out in my yard and selected a branch and pruned it a bit to fit my space.

Next, you’ll want to secure your tree branch in a pot.

We are using an old pot from the nursery.

Because it has drainage holes, they’ll need to be covered so the cement doesn’t seep out.

You can use duct tape for this or cover the holes with a paper plate.

I ended up covering the drainage holes by trimming down a paper plate to fit inside the bottom of my pot.

Tree branch in a black pot with cement with 4 boards screwed together to keep the trunk on a blue tarp

Place your tree trunk into your pot and stabilize it with some scrap wood that is secured together with screws.

Then mix up the cement in an old bucket and fill in the cement around the tree trunk.

If you don’t have cement you can also use plaster to secure the trunk.

Let the cement cure overnight before moving your faux tree.

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Shape and Add Leaves

Woman pruning tree branch in a blue painted room.

You may find it easier to shape and add the leaves to your faux tree by placing it in its final location.

Then you’re able to shape it to fit your space.

Woman holding a branch of faux ficus leaves, cutting the sections apart with cutting dykes.

First, we began by cutting apart 5-6 of our Ficus leaf branches into 3 pieces.

We used the smaller branches that we cut apart to add to the outer branches of our faux tree.

Working from the outer tips of our tree and layering in branches towards the center.

I didn’t want a tree that was too full, I wanted it to be more organic in shape.

Woman's hand holding drill making holes in a tree branch for a faux tree, blue wall in the backgroumds.

To add a leaf branch to the tree, we found it easier to use first a smaller drill bit to make our initial hole in the tree.

Then we used a larger drill bit to enlarge the hole and angle the hole as well.

If you look at a natural tree, all of the branches come off the trunk in a “V” shape and forming an angle.

Woman's hand holding drill making holes in a tree branch for a faux tree, blue wall in the background.

But we found it very difficult to drill into the tree branch at an angle.

So we began each hole by drilling straight into the branch.

Then we switched to a larger bit and were able to angle the hole for the branch.

Secure Stem

Once the hole was drilled, we did a dry fit.

Then apply hot glue either to the leaf stem itself or in the drilled hole.

And finally place the leaf stem into the holes.

As I said before, we began on the outer branches and worked our way towards the center of the tree.

Woman's hand holding drill making holes in a tree branch for a faux tree, blue wall in the background.

You’ll want to step back and take a look at the shape of the tree from a distance occasionally to see how it looks.

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Once the outer branches were in place we then took full leaf stem branches and placed them in the tree trunk.

Once you’re happy with the shape of the tree, place it in a pretty container with some Spanish moss.

This is really a fast project.

In fact, it only took an hour to drill and place all of our leaf stems into our faux tree.


Here are some tips:

  • Drill straight into the branch to get the initial hole drilled.
  • Place larger drill bit in hole and angle the hole.
  • You don’t need to cover every branch with a leaf and leave a few bare branches.
  • I think it makes it look more realistic if there are some bare branches.
  • Frequently stand back and look at the overall shape of the tree you’re forming.

Realistic DIY Faux Tree

Beautiful faux tree in a natural cane basket in a dark and moody office with dark blue walls, green tape marks placement for picture frame moulding.

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So if you’re in the market for a beautiful statement piece for your home and don’t want to deal with the hassle of caring for a real plant, look no further than creating your own faux tree!

Not only do they require minimal maintenance, but they also allow you to customize size and style to fit your desired aesthetic.

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