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DIY Faux Trailing Plant For Spring Decor

This simple tutorial for making these DIY trailing plant is the perfect way to add some greenery to your spring decor!

DIY Faux Trailing Plant - a full, green plant resting on the end of a fireplace mantle, with vines trailing down

Now that we are the majority of the way through February, I am declaring spring is on its way. Even though there’s currently a foot of snow outside and we all know that spring doesn’t arrive in New England for a couple of months yet. Let’s pretend it’s 50 degrees outside and the bulbs are peeking through the soil, okay?

Of course, just because we are still in winter outside doesn’t mean I can’t fully embrace all things spring inside. While I’m generally still in minimalist mode when it comes to decor, I’m starting to add some bright pops of greenery around the place to bring in spring vibes. Today, I’m sharing my first spring DIY along with some other creative ideas from my talented blogger friends.

A fireplace with white mantle, wall-mounted television and built-in shelves on either side

This past week, I shared this pretty trailing plant on my Instagram Stories and you guys couldn’t believe that it’s a fake. Yup. I love a good fake because I can’t kill it. Not even if I try!

A close-up of one side of a fireplace, with trailing green plant and wooden lantern on nearby shelf

I’m calling this plant a “diy” but it’s basically a few pieces that I purchased from Michael’s put together. I didn’t technically make anything, per se. But it looks cute and it was cheap, too!

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What You’ll Need

  • 2 trailing greenery stems (these ficus stems were $5.40 each from Michaels. They say $15 on the tag but they were 40% off with an additional 20% off the day I bought them).
  • Floral Foam
  • A flower pot of your choice
  • Reindeer Moss or faux moss rocks

How To Make the Trailing Plant

Push the floral foam down into the pot. I purchased a small circle and it fit perfectly into my terracotta pot but you may need to cut yours to size.

Use floral foam in a classic terra cotta pot to anchor your faux trailing plant

Push the stems into the floral foam towards the back. You want them as far away from the front as possible, to balance the weight so that the pot doesn’t topple forward.

Don't worry about the faux stems of your DIY trailing plant--you can easily hide those with moss and leaves

Conceal the foam and stems with some reindeer moss or faux moss rocks. I used a combination of both.

I covered the faux stems of my trailing plant with some faux moss and rocks
Faux moss and rocks help conceal the stems of your potted faux trailing plant

Place your new trailing plant on your mantel or wherever you want it to go. Arrange the stems so that the left one is slightly on top of the right one for a lusher effect.

Place your faux trailing plant anywhere you'd like to add some fresh green color

Doesn’t it add the perfect pop of green? So springy!

This easy faux trailing plant gives all the fresh green pops of color without the upkeep of a live plant

I really love how thick and full it looks and it hangs beautifully!

You can find all the materials you need for this beautiful faux trailing plant at your local craft store

Hurry over to Michael’s and pick up some of these pretty stems before they are gone! Don’t forget to check their website and mobile app for coupons so get the best possible price!

This faux trailing plant adds the perfect pop of fresh green color to my all-white fireplace mantel.
Thick green foliage hanging from a terra cotta pot, sitting on a white fireplace mantle

Make a Trailing Plant

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Spruce up your living room and fireplace mantle with a lush hanging plant that never needs watering!

Materials

  • 2 trailing greenery stems
  • Floral Foam
  • A flower pot of your choice
  • Reindeer Moss or faux moss rocks

Instructions

    1. Push the floral foam down into the pot. I purchased a small circle and it fit perfectly into my terracotta pot but you may need to cut yours to size.
    2. Push the stems into the floral foam towards the back. You want them as far away from the front as possible, to balance the weight so that the pot doesn't topple forward.
    3. Conceal the foam and stems with some reindeer moss or faux moss rocks. I used a combination of both.
    4. Place your new trailing plant on your mantel or wherever you want it to go. Arrange the stems so that the left one is slightly on top of the right one for a lusher effect.

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