Hubby and I recently did a stage redesign for the sanctuary and one of the things we both agreed on was that the stage needed life! Adding greenery can liven up just about any room. The problem was, we were working on a pretty tight budget and faux plants can be a little on the pricy side. Thankfully, this is just the kind of thing I love doing! Here's how to make DIY faux houseplants for just $13!
Of course for a project like this, I went straight to the dollar store! That's right! Everything I used for this DIY came from good ole Dollar Tree. I made a total of 3 faux plants leaving the total for this project at $39!
I knew I wanted to make a plant that fanned out a bit. So, when I saw these fern leaves, I knew they were the ones I would use! (Unfortunately, they only had enough fern leaves to make 2 plants. So, for the 3rd plant, I just picked another green leaf that complimented the fern leaf and worked with that. It actually turned out to be a really nice contrast...win!)
For each plant I got the following items:
Grand Total: $39 for 3 faux plants (Not to shabby!)
The price may vary depending on how big your pot is and how big you want your plant to be. These materials made 3 standard sized houseplants.
Step 1: Place 1 of the plant foam...thingies in the bottom of the pot.
(Note: Before starting step 2, do yourself a favor and cut the tags off the leaves. It's not that I made that tediously agonizing mistake or anything...just trust me...You may also want to take this opportunity to shape the leaves to your liking. It's perfectly ok to wait until the end. I tend to like doing at this point because it helps me with placement. It's really a personal preference...whatever is easiest for you!)
Step 2: Stick the first set of leaves into the foam about 1/2" from the edge. You'll want to stick it in at an angle so the leaves are touching the ridge of the planting pot. (Note: Inserting the leaves 1/2" from the edge will help to give some body to the middle section as you'll see later.)
I placed the leaves roughly 1" apart. You'll want to space them out evenly.
I used a total of 6 packs for the bottom row. This is how it looked when I finished the bottom portion.
Step 3: Place the second plant foam thingy on top of the first. (Note: You may notice that it doesn't push down all the way. That's ok! Don't force it down because it could cause the foam at the bottom to split! Just a gentle push will do.)
Step 4: Place the last 4 leaves about 1" from the edge of the foam. Make sure they are spaced evenly for a fuller effect.
Apparently, I forgot to take a picture with all 4 leaves in place but hopefully this will give you an idea of how I placed them =\
Step 5: Next, it's time to throw in the rocks. I decided to add these not just as a decorative element but also to add some weight to the plant as a whole. (Note: Because the foam pieces were round and the pot was square, the rocks just fell to the side. This took away from the decorative element so I ended up hot gluing the rocks to any areas of foam that were visible. This step will depend largely on the shape of your pot and how much space you have between the foam and the walls of the pot.)
Step 6: If you haven't done so already, shape those leaves! Remember, you want it to look natural so don't stress to much on this part. I bent the outer leaves down and ever so slightly curled them. The center leaves I adjusted to cover any exposed areas. I also pulled them up slightly to give a fuller appearance.
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