6 easy steps to a big savings on gorgeous DIY fake succulent wall art pottery barn dupe! Get the look for less.
Sucker for Succulents
Whether they are real or fake when it comes to succulents we DIYers just can’t seem to help ourselves. The “experts” keep saying that these stylish, quirky and yet stunningly beautiful plants are going out of style but they just keep coming back.
And why not? They are the perfect addition to any home decor style. Succulents can go country just as easily as they can go boho or modern. They come in a ton of colours, sizes, and textures. And when it comes to DIYing with them even the most inexpensive faux succulents can look like the real McCoy.
DIY Fake Succulent Pottery Barn Dupe
At Jenny’s Place we like to decorate with both real and faux succulents. Succulents that double as home decor are especially favoured around here.
While “shopping” online for some new home decor I came across these Pottery Barn faux succulent wall art pieces that I just loved. The part that I didn’t love – the price tag! They literally wanted hundreds of dollars for it. Not in this life time!
Dollar Tree almost always has a selection of faux succulents. The best time to look for them though is spring and summer. They are $1.25 each (at least they are here in Canada.) Now, I mostly used succulents I already had on hand so this cost me like $10 all in. However, if you had to buy them all and the wood box you’d still be looking at only around $30.
$30 vs hundreds. Now that’s a look for less.
NOTE: And it’s not just Pottery Barn that wants a ton of cash for this type of decor. Every where I looked retailers were asking a ton of money for these things. Bonkers!
Supplies You Will Need
- Wood box that is split into smaller square boxes
- ArtMinds Antique Wax
- Foam paint brush
- Floral foam (The denser the foam the better. I personally like the light green foam best for this project.)
- Faux succulents (Get enough to fill the box completely. I used around 22 succulents and a few springs of ferny greenery I had on hand. )
- Hot glue gun and hot glue
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How to Make DIY Fake Succulent Wall Art
This DIY is as easy as it is perfectly stylish. So set aside a few minutes of time and get your DIY on because you are going to love the final results!
You can find a ton of different boxes to use for this type of DIY. Basically, you need a shallow box that is divided into smaller boxes.
I went with a tic-tac-toe game you can get at Dollarama for this particular one but at the end I also show one from another box that worked just the same.
Attach a sawtooth hanger to the top back of the wood frame so that later you can hang it on the wall. You can also use this piece as a table centrepiece.
If your box is made of bare wood
Using the Antique Wax and a foam brush apply a some of the stain to the outside edges and the top of the box. You don’t need to stain the inside because you won’t be able to see it.
Cut the floral foam to fit into the squares. You want the foam to be as thick as will fit into the box. dThis is a great way to use up those little bits of excess foam you have stashed away in your craft room. If you’re in need of some foam for the project Dollar Tree and Dollarama almost always have some in stock for super cheap. You’ll need one block.
Adhere the floral foam squares to the inside of each box with a generous amount of hot glue.
I find that with the floral foam it is best to use succulents that have a wire pick at the end. Hot glue can melt the floral foam a bit and then the succulents might just pop off. Using a combination of hot glue and the pick in the foam works best.
Using wire cutters, clip the succulents down to size.
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Apply a generous dab of hot glue to the base and the pick of the succulent stem and then quickly pop it into the floral foam.
When arranging the succulents you want to vary the texture, colours, sizes, and heights of the succulents. You don’t want it to look too cohesive and match-matchy. The more you mix things up the more interest you will be adding to the piece.
You also want to cover up as much as the floral foam as possible. It will look messy if you allow bits of it to show through. Add smaller succulents, and ferny greenery to fill in these gaps.
You have yourself a beautiful and natural looking succulent wall art and no-one will believe that it is a DIY fake succulent project. Everyone will think you bought it at Pottery Barn and spent hundreds. It’ll be our little secret.
A peak at the other one
For this one I painted the box using Artminds chalk paint in Antique Aqua and Artminds chalk paint in Succulent. The paint was applied with a chippy brush and the look that I was going for was a distressed, ocean vibe.
Jenny’s Finishing Thoughts On DIY Fake Succulent Pottery Bar Wall Art Dupe (Now that’s a mouth full)
This DIY fake succulent wall art is a budget-friendly way to add a fun and unique touch to any room. Plus, you can easily recreate it using inexpensive supplies from the dollar store, making it super affordable.
So go ahead and unleash your inner DIY enthusiast, showcase your creativity, and create your own Pottery Barn-inspired pieces that will surely wow your loved ones. After all, why spend money on buying when you can have the satisfaction of doing it yourself? Happy crafting!
So how do you think I did? And what is your favourite way to style succulents? Don’t be shy. Share in the comments below.
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