DIY Faux Olive Tree Tutorial

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I have had my eye on faux olive trees for quite a while now, but those little things are dang expensive! I’m talking around $100 for ONE! Nooooo thank you. So, I found a photo of one I liked and set out to make them myself for so much less. Below is how I did it. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

Materials: 

  • Two olive branches per tree ( I originally bought three per tree and returned two) (Michaels has these for 40% off right now!)
  • Brown floral tape- you will only need one little roll
  • Pot (s) (40% off the ones I bought right now at Michael’s)
  • Floral stake (one per tree)
  • Styrofoam – I bought a small square to put in the bottom and then a circle to top it with
  • Small rocks to cover the foam

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Most of these supplies I got at Michaels, but they were out of brown floral tape, so I bought this kind from Hobby Lobby.

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This bag of rocks was enough for both trees, and I even had some leftover.

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A closer view of the foam and pots I bought.

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Directions:

Start by trimming the lower branches off of the stem.

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Use the brown tape to attach the removed stems to the higher stems to create a rounder “tree.”

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This is a photo of all the lower branches from one stem attached higher using the tape.

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Then remove the branches from the second stem and start attaching to make the tree fuller.

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Then, to make the tree sturdier, hold the wooden stake next to the stem and wrap the floral tape around the stake and the stem to create one larger “stem.”

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That’s it! The tree is finished.

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I then put the square foam at the bottom of the pot and pushed it down firmly before topping it with the circle piece of foam.

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Push the tree down to the bottom and it should hold firmly.

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Then, cover the top with the rocks and you’re finished!

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The floral tape I bought came with two and this is all that I used for both trees.

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That’s it! I LOVE how they turned out and I saved so much money making them myself. And they didn’t take long to make, either!

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Pretty pretty.

Thanks for stopping by!

(See how we painted our brick fireplace HERE and how we added shiplap above it HERE.)

 

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Comments

  1. I love this!! Thank you for the step by step instructions!! It’s so pretty! This would make a great gift.

  2. Wow I love how cute those olive trees look, and what an easy DIY! That wreath is also ADORABLE.

  3. Oh I love this, thanks for sharing this DIY!

  4. Love it! Trying to get into more DIYs, they’re so much fun.

  5. Looks gorgeous and so easy!! I’m not a DIY-er but I may try!

  6. These are so cute and creative, I love them! Thanks for such detailed instructions! Even though I’m not necessarily “creative” lol, I might have to give this a try. :)

  7. Love this wreath and pretty sure I can make myself one now.

  8. This is so pretty and I just love how you placed them on the mantle top!

  9. Omg this is so cute! And great tutorial – step by step – this is how I like it. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Such a gorgeous DIY tutorial! I’ll definitely have to save this to Pinterest!

  11. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen says:

    This is so neat. It adds the perfect touch of green to your mantel. It looks so easy, too.

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