DIY faux succulents are beautiful, inexpensive, and so easy to add to your home decor. Here are some tips to create your own arrangements.
Can you even tell if this is real or fake?
Have you have killed more plants than a gallon of Roundup? Then faux succulents are for you!
So here’s the story.
I come from a long line of plant killers. I’ve flopped with ferns, killed my herbs, and even the no-fail Philodendron went belly up. I’m pretty sure I’d suck at succulents if I tried to grow those too.
I’d also love to have lots of greenery in the house, but I have corners and spaces that don’t get any light, so I my plants are doomed.
But lately I’ve seen how realistic the fake (or faux if you’re feeling fancy) succulents look, and I’m here to tell you I’m jumpin’ all over that trend.
Here’s my attempt to do it myself with some creative, low-cost containers. With only a few supplies, you can add faux succulents into your home decor and no one knows that they’re fake! Or faux. Or whatever.
DIY Faux Succulents
Gather these supplies and your favorite succulents. I like to hunt the clearance isles at decor stores for succulents that have broken or chipped containers. Toss the containers and keep the succulents.
Dollar stores have inexpensive floral foam and moss, and you may need wire cutters if you have to shorten some stems.
Shop your house for unused votive holders, vases, old planters, etc. I found this small planter at the Goodwill for $.99, and the funny this is that I donated one just like it years ago. Truth! A little white paint is all it needed.
After the white paint dried, I stuffed it with floral foam, added tall, medium, and short succulents, then filled in empty spaces with floral moss. This finished piece cost $10.
What you’ll love about faux succulents is that they can go anywhere. This arrangement floats from the kitchen, to the powder room, and anywhere that needs a fresh pop of green.
Here’s a red glass votive holder that I found tucked in my Christmas decor. I just set a single succulent on top, no moss or filler, and voila!
I love this little pop of color on the mantel.
Milk glass vases are perfect for soft green faux succulents, and they fit into any decor style. The vase is a thrift store find, so all together this arrangement was a $15.00 investment.
Here’s a “planting” tip. If you’re using a round or oval-shaped vase, cut small pieces of foam to tuck around a foam square to hold the succulents tightly into the container.
I bought this faux succulent arrangement at T.J.Max. The vase was plain white, which looked pretty by itself, but I painted the coral squares to give it a little pop. Coral and green are one of my favorite color combinations. This DIY succulent is a gift for a little girl’s room. Sweet!
This beautiful piece of pottery was a wedding present, and I love giving it a new purpose. It’s sitting pretty on my foyer table, and I’ve actually seen guests walk by and feel the leaves. They are genuinely surprised to find out that it’s fake.
I’m no longer a serial plant killer, but I dust them off occasionally. Or at least when company comes. Or when I take pics for the blog. You know how it is!
As always, I’m so grateful that you’ve checked out my humble blog.
I’ll be using succulents in some fall decor soon. Check back for some tips for mixing succulents with cotton bolls and winterberries!