Good for adding a touch of natural aesthetic to an indoor area, artificial trees don't need to be watered, pruned or cared for in any way. For a fake tree option that's both cheaper and more easily customised than store-bought fake trees, try creating your own. Combine any style of real tree branch and artificial leaves to make a fake tree of any size and shape.
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Things you need
- Large planter pot
- Large tree branch, tall enough to be a small tree
- Small tree branches, about 6 to 24 inches
- Floral wire
- Hot glue
- Fake leaves
- Artificial moss
Mix the concrete according to the manufacturer's instructions. Fill the pot about two-thirds to three-quarters full.
Mount the tree branch in the concrete before it sets. Press the branch down into the base of the pot to ensure a strong hold. Watch for sagging and adjust the angle of the branch to keep it from tipping to one side while the concrete sets.
Trim the leaves from the branch. Compost or discard.
Attach additional branches as needed. If the branch you've selected has fewer than eight larger branches or so, collect some of this size and attach them to the tree at scattered positions by cutting bowl-like grooves into the side of the trunk using the oscillating power tool and gluing the branches into these.
Create twig branches from floral wire. Cut short lengths of floral wire, each measuring between about 3 and 6 inches. Attach these at every point on the branches were you want a leaf with one wire length for each leaf. Use hot glue to attach them in clusters of three or four, covering the ends of each branch before adding leaves to other parts of the tree.
Add artificial leaves to the floral wire. Glue one leaf to each wire end, attaching the wire to the underside of the leaf.
Cover the top of the concrete base with floral moss.
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