Here is how I repurpose an out-of-date faux ficus tree into a fresh Spring Blossom Tree for my front porch! Follow these simple DIY, easy-to-follow instructions to repurpose a faux ficus tree.
Did anyone else have a love for ficus trees back in the day? 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.
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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?
As we were about to load the dusty ficus tree onto the truck, inspiration struck!!!! Much to my husband’s dismay, I loaded that dusty thing into my car and brought it home with me!
My husband was not thrilled, to say the least. This was not the first thing I couldn’t let go of from my mom’s house. However, this might have been the dirtiest. Plus, I have a habit of shopping at 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 branches from. However, it was necessary to purchase the faux cherry bud stems. I chose some that closely resembled cherry blossom buds.
Assemble Cherry Blossom Stems
To begin with, I removed the buds from the faux flowers.
Then using a hot glue gun, attach the buds to the gathered tree branches.
Remove Faux Ficus Stems from Tree Trunk
Silly me, I thought I could 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.
Prepare the Ficus Tree Trunk
I drilled holes into the tree trunk using a medium-sized drill bit.
It’s important to drill the holes on an angle to allow the twigs to branch out in a natural upward 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.
Now it’s time to attach your twigs. First, I decided which twig would work best in each hole. Then I applied a drop of hot glue into one hole and quickly inserted the prearranged twig.
It’s necessary to hold the twig steady until the glue dries.
Then repeat this process until the tree is at the desired fullness.
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.
- 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.
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