Here is how I made a faux potted eucalyptus plant that you can use to decorate your home. This is an easy project to create an expensive-looking artificial potted plant like the ones sold in expensive online retailers, but this one will only cost you a few dollars.
DIY Potted Eucalyptus Plant
I’m always on the lookout for projects to make based on items I spot when flipping through my favorite catalogs like Pottery Barn. I love a good dupe! Especially when I can recreate an expensive find on a small budget and get a similar look in the end.
So when I was looking at the PB Summer catalog I spotted a mini eucalyptus tree on a table in one of the styled photos, It was over $100 but I had an idea of how I could recreate the faux eucalyptus with items that I already had on hand.
Here is the inspiration eucalyptus tree from Pottery Barn:
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- Planter Pot
- Eucalyptus Stems(similar)
- Brown Floral Tape
- Floral Foam
- Planter Pebbles (any color)
Pick A Planter
For this project, I grabbed a planter that I already had. It’s a black bowl-shaped pot that I bought at Walmart. It’s a super stylish planter for under $9.
You can use any planter that fits your decor style as the base for this artificial eucalyptus mini tree/plant. Even better to use something you already have to save a few $$ on this DIY!
Fill With Floral Foam
To start making this potted plant I filled the planter with floral foam. Just cut the foam into sizes that will fill in the space to make it stable.
Find A Branch
To keep this faux potted eucalyptus looking more realistic use a real branch or branches for the main stem.
For this project, I used two thinner branches and wrapped brown floral tape around them to secure them together.
Cut your branch to the height that you would like your potted eucalyptus to be. This project can be adjusted to any height that works for you.
Center The Branch In The Floral Foam
Now take your branch or branches and stick it into the floral foam. Just eyeball the center of the planter pot and push it through the foam.
Add The Eucalyptus Stems
From each stem of the eucalyptus cut off the individual branches (I suggest a pair of floral cutters rather than destroying your scissors)
Also, when you are shopping for artificial eucalyptus the more realistic the stems are the better this project will look in the end.
To secure the pieces of eucalyptus to the branches wrap brown floral tape around the piece of stem and branch. It’s super simple!
Also, add a few smaller pieces of the artificial eucalyptus right into the floral foam around the base of the branches.
As I was adding the pieces of the eucalyptus I adjusted and bent the stems to have a more realistic shape and to figure out where I needed to add another branch. Do this as you are making it rather than at the end.
For a fun touch, I added a few curly branches to the planter that I had in my craft supply. Not necessary to run out and get if you are making this project.
To cover the floral foam I am going to use small rocks but first I used a plastic bag across the top of the floral foam so that the rocks didn’t just fall down in the empty spaces.
Any smaller rock would work and I already had some leftover from another project so I used those.
Dollar Tree usually has black rocks that would look great for this planter project too.
Finished Faux Potted Eucalyptus
This was a really quick and easy DIY project to make! No special skills are required at all.
It will also work in a variety of decorating styles too.
The eucalyptus looks great but I think this could be made with fern stems or even artificial flowering branch stems for a more seasonal look.
This potted plant would work year-round as part of your home decor but I made it for my transitioning from Spring to Summer in my home.
This project is featured in Farmhouse style spring 2024 issue
fake it ’til you make it
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