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The Best Way to Save A Faux Ficus Tree

Here is how I was able to re-purposed an out of date ficus tree into a fresh Spring Blossom Tree for my front Porch!

Did anyone else have a love for ficus trees back in the day? Well, like many of my home decor trend obsessions, I quickly tired of cleaning them. So needless the say, when we discovered a dusty old ficus tree in my mom’s house, it was quickly added to the donation pile.

I certainly didn’t want it because my obsession had been over for years. I was currently obsessing over a cherry blossom tree for my porch. However, this was proving to be a budget problem. My budget didn’t quite meet the cost of the one I was obsessing over.

Can you guess what happened next?

Just as we were about to load the dusty ficus tree onto the truck, inspiration struck!!!! much to my husbands dismay, I loaded that dusty thing into my less than clean car and brought it home with me!

See I even brought some of the dust home with it.

My husband was not thrilled to say the least. This was not the first thing, from my mom’s house, that I couldn’t let go of. However, this might have been the dirtiest. Plus, I have a habit of shopping thrift stores and have been known to bring home items that need repairs. One such item was an old silverware box. See the transformation here!

I was excited because I had a plan. First I needed my supplies.

Since we live in the woods, I have an abundance of trees to cut free twigs from. However, it was necessary to purchase some the faux stems. I choose some that closely resembled cherry blossom buds.
Silly me, I thought I’d be able to just pull the faux ficus stems from the tree trunk and use the holes to add my real wood twigs. Because I was obviously mistaken, it was necessary to use wire snips to cut the faux ficus stems from the tree trunk.
Using a medium size drill bit, I drilled holes into the tree trunk.
It’s important to drill the holes on an angle to allow the twigs to branch out in an upward natural direction. In addition, you want to be sure the holes are large enough for your twigs to fit into. Therefore, you may need to adjust the drill bit size to accommodate larger twigs.
This tree is exactly what I had been obsessing over and I was able to create this DIY project for a fraction of the cost.

Tools

Supplies

  • Old Ficus Tree (check donation store, your mother’s or grandmother’s house)
  • Wooden Twigs – Hopefully you can get these free as well.
  • Faux Stems that resemble Cherry Blossoms or other Blossom that your desire.

Now my porch is ready for Spring!

Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this tutorial, you will also like this post. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will leave a comment if you did. I appreciate any questions you may have.

XOXO, Rachel

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Darlene

Tuesday 26th of January 2021

I love the way this turned out. Reusing the tree was a super idea. I especially love the oversize container. That was the first thing I loved about it. It makes for such a rustic look. Well done.

Leslie

Monday 27th of April 2020

Hello, I saw your project on Hometalk and it brought me to your blog. This is a great idea and thank you for sharing it. I have one comment and hope you will not take it as a slight. So here goes. The container for the tree looks to be too big for it. You need to downsize it. Look at the original container. It is in proportion to the "tree". You can go a bit larger but not as big as the one the tree is in now. I love the metal container but it is not for that. I would get a round piece of frosted glass OR by a round piece of glass that is larger than the lip and if you want to frost it get spray frosting for glass and do the underside of it. By some grey pipe insulation tubing cut it to fit the rim of the metal tub and then slice it lengthwise. Fit the tubing over the edge of the metal tub so that the glass will sit safely on top without sliding or scratching. That way yo can use the metal container as an outside breakfast table, it looks to be tall enough. Hope you do not mind my comments, in the end it is all what you like. Again thank you for the idea. :)

rahrags@gmail.com

Monday 27th of April 2020

Leslie, Thank you so much for your comments! I really appreciate all input! I hope you’ll keep checking back for more of my projects. Have a wonderful day! Rachel.

Debra Melilli

Monday 27th of April 2020

I love this idea I'm going to be certainly

rahrags@gmail.com

Monday 27th of April 2020

Debra, Thanks for your comments Rachel

Debra Melilli

Monday 27th of April 2020

I love so pretty i wonder how it would work under my patio I love the idea of trying other colours I've never heard this tree before I'm going look around i live in Australia it looks real. Wonderful work.

rahrags@gmail.com

Monday 27th of April 2020

Debra. This would work with any blooming tree provided you can find the faux stems to duplicate the look. Good luck. I hope you’ll join my Ponds Elite group for future projects. If you join this week, you receive a free decor personality analysis! Such fun. Rachel

Kim

Monday 27th of April 2020

How did you hold the tree up in the container and what greenery did you put around the trunk? Thanks!

rahrags@gmail.com

Monday 27th of April 2020

Kim, The original ficus tree was already in a basket container. I just placed the basket inside the metal container and used some bricks to keep it steady. The basket had moss covering the top but as I was cutting away the old ficus limbs, I just left them covering over the base. It just helped the fill the container. I hope this helps with your questions. Please let me know if you still have questions. Thanks so much for stopping by. Rachel