I’m totally on the fiddle fig tree band wagon at the moment, so when I walked in to my local garden center (which is HUGE, btw), and they told me they don’t have them, I felt totally deflated. Boo! But since I had it in my head that I had to have one, I decided to make my own DIY Faux Fiddle Fig Tree.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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This DIY Faux Fiddle Fig Tree was so quick and easy to put together, that I basically finished it while watching tv. Lol.
I started out with this ho-hum faux plant I found at a garage sale for $5.00. It was okay, but just not the look I was going for.
I started off by cutting all the leaves off with wire cutters.
Fiddle fig leaves are plain and glossy with little variation in colour, so I chose a glossy green to paint my leaves.
I painted two coats on the leaves and let them dry completely.
While I was waiting around for the first set of leaves to dry, I cut the other leaves into the shape of fiddle fig leaves with a rounded tip. Then, I painted those leaves in the same glossy green colour.
This is the stem I was left with after I cut off all the leaves with wire cutters. A fiddle fig tree usually has a long narrow stem, so I had to find something sturdy to support the weight of the leaves.
Ok, so this is not a great picture, but I had some white decorative sticks in a vase, so I “borrowed” one of them for my fiddle fig tree. I secured it in place using black duct tape.
For my next step, I layered in the leaves and attached them to the “stem” with duct tape. Lots of duct tape.
I continued this step until all the leaves were in place all the way up to the top of the stem.
To finish off my fiddle fig tree, I then painted the “stem” in a matte brown colour to make it look more like a real stem.
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I really like how my faux fiddle fig tree turned out, and the total cost was $7.00! I paid $5 for the plant, $1 for the paint, and $1 for the duct tape. Not bad for a quick and easy project.
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That is truly an inspired upcycle project! It is so much prettier! I love it!
Chelsea @ Making Manzanita says
Wow!! This is very creative. Good job!
I love this!!! How clever! I need one now! I will be on the look out for cool cheap plant to do this!
I love this transformation. I would have never thought to recreate another plant!
This is an amazing makeover. I think the original plant is my old one, lol. It looks terrific.
So clever! I’d probably kill the real deal so this would be great for me!:) xoKathleen|Our Hopeful Home
Angela @ Simply Beautiful By Angela says
How fun! It looks so much like the real thing, it’s crazy to think that it’s faux!
Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled says
OMG, what a great idea! I just got a faux fiddle fig tree myself and I love it. Visiting from Thrift Store Challenge.
Live fiddle figs and I do not get along! At first glance I wouldn’t have guessed this one was faux, or that it use to be a completely different faux plant before. Awesome job!
Amanda @ The Kolb Corner says
I love fiddle figs too but I know I’d never be able to keep a real one alive. This is a great idea!
So smart!! When I first saw it I thought it was a real fig tree!