How to Update a Faux Houseplant to Look New
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I honestly don’t even know what people think when I get an idea and start executing it.
Sometimes I even wonder myself.
The big thing in home décor has been the fiddle fig trees.
Oh, so pretty!
And I was over here with a cheap artificial ficus tree from the ReStore that cost a couple of bucks.
There was no way a real fiddle fig leaf tree was going in this corner. It would never get enough light.
I looked into an artificial one just to humor myself and ahhhh….no! That’s totally out of my price range.
What to do?
While looking at the fiddle fig leaf trees online, I saw some images of ficus trees I actually liked.
And that’s when the light bulb when on.
Me – “Honey, do you have some strong wire cutters I can borrow?”
The Mister – “For what?”
Me – “It’s better you don’t know.”
Off I went to attack a poor defenseless tree.
This is not the first time I have roughhoused an item. These bathroom cabinets took some serious abuse.
But hey, it’s just a hair cut right? It was going in to the beauty parlor. And the reality is….there are a ton of these trees around so if I messed it up I would just pick another up, for cheap. Or there was always a glue gun option.
First, the typical cheapo ficus tree branches are floppy. They just kind of mope. It was time to turn that frown upside down.
Since the branches are wire based they just needed to be bent up.
Next up, trim..trim..trim.
I wanted lots off the bottom so I just pulled some of the branches right off the trunk. It kind of made it look more natural looking anyways. What tree looks perfect?
I wanted to have some places were there were little branches but no leaves to, again, give a more realistic look to it.
It was like an artist doing a painting……… really just like it..lol. I would trim and stand back and look at where it was too thick or shaped just right.
For me, it fills the need for a fiddle fig leaf. I love it now!
(Here’s what was trimmed. Stay tuned for a project using these.)
BONUS – It was a real bargain. The tree itself was $3. The haircut was free and the basket an IKEA find.
And that’s the way I update a faux plant to look new.