Dead Tree + Fake Flower Awesomeness

Pottery Barn had some beautiful blooming branches in their spring catalog. I love how they look, but dang…they’re expensive! So I decided to make my own blossoming branches. Now, if I lived somewhere else I could have gone outside, snipped some perfect branches, and called it a day. BUT…I live in South Texas and where trees consist mostly of scraggly cedar bushes. While looking online for a cheaper version if the PB branches, an idea started to form. I planted a live oak in the backyard a little while back and it totally didn’t make it…
I know its hard to see, but its there, right in the middle, dead as a doornail.  Sooo…I chopped it down, brought it inside and got out my glue gun. I don’t have any pictures of the process because this was a pre-blog project, but basically all I did was get some faux pink flowers and glue them to my dead little tree. My goal was to make it look like a blossoming cherry that you see in springtime. I’m not sure if it looks like that, but I like it anyway. And it only cost about 5 bucks (suck it Pottery Barn!) For the base I found a tall glass thingy at Ross and filled it with rocks from our gravel pit…here is the finished product!
Make your own fake blossoming cherry tree
DIY blooming cherry tree
fake blossoming tree
fake decorative tree
rocks and vase
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While we’re on the subject of fake trees - I have a bonus project to show you!
I like to paint - though I’m not particularily good ant it and won’t attemept anything thats not abstact. I wanted a tall painting for the blank little hallway between the living room and our bedroom. Since I’m on a tree kick I decided to paint…a tree! My inspiration came from this painting I found on Etsy….
My tree looks quite a bit different…I really
 just liked the way the leaves looked in the one above. And that it looked easy. Easy is good.
Here is mine!
The Etsy painting cost $225…mine cost $20. Whoop whoop!



Comments

  1. That's hilarious! I love that you just pulled up your dead tree! I've been dying to make a little stick/flower project – along with 10,000 other projects!! Looks cute!

  2. Awesome tree! Both of 'em.

  3. I LOVE it! WAY less messing and way prettier then a live oak tree. We had huge oak trees at our last house and they were a huge pain.

    Thank you for sharing at the Weekend Warrior Link Party.

    Anna
    http://www.askannamoseley.com

  4. I love that tree! I think my cats would love it, too, or I'd attempt it myself! LOL You are very talented!

  5. Great idea! And it is so big. Way to go!

  6. Beautifully done, with both projects!

  7. I'm normally not a fan of fake flowers, but I LOVE this tree! It is so dang cute!

  8. That is too funny! I would so do the same thing! I loved how it turned out! I am your newest follower! I would love it if you would stop by and follow back if you like what you see! Have a great day!

    Kirsten
    http://www.mushkiloves.blogspot.com

  9. what a great idea.

  10. Your “new” tree looks amazing. I would love for you to share this project on my Inspiration Board.
    http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/07/inspiration-board-link-party.html

    carolyn | homework

  11. Your dead/fake tree looks BEAUTIFUL. I am definitely going to have to make one. Thank you for linking up at http://diyhshp.blogspot.com I can not wait to see more great ideas next Monday.

  12. wow! Great work! WW gets better and better every week !

  13. Wow, that is awesome! What a great idea and I love love love the impact it has! Great job!!

  14. Talk about making lemonade when given lemons. I am sure I will be using this idea in the future.

    I don't have any problems with fake flowers. They make them so convincing now, and yours look especially good. I always recommend faux flowers and plants for home staging because … well, they don't die on you!

    You can be proud of your painting, too.

    Hope you're staying cool in Texas. Thanks for sharing. I found you at Handy Man Crafty Woman.

  15. Your tree looks wonderful..
    Don't forget to add it to our weekly party for our readers to discover.
    http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/07/weekly-talent-search-with-linking-party.html
    Thanks
    Maggie

  16. Ashley, your projects are amazing and I love reading your blog! Also, I'm totally stealing some of these projects. You should be honored. :)

  17. You totally nailed the spring cherry tree goal! Adorable! Thanks for linking to Handy Man, Crafty Woman Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  18. I LOVE your blossoming cherry tree! You did an awesome job your painting too.

  19. This is beautiful – I love it. What a great idea.

  20. Two for One! Gotta love that. Your projects are both fun and something I have ( the painting) and wil ( the tree) try out. Thanks so much for linking up to Motivated Monday this week. I will be featuring your post tomorrow.
    Pam

  21. So fun and so pretty! Well done!

  22. Both of your trees are lovely. My husband and I have a penchant for trees and are hoping to incorporate more trees into our living room / bedroom design. I’m in my second month of blogging, so I am not sure what the etiquette protocol is. In any case, may I have your permission to link to your website in case we can find a dead tree somewhere to make a similar artificial tree? Thank you and blessings for 2013!

  23. im so doing this

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