Faux Fall Foliage


August 17, 2022

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This past week the temperatures took a dip. Instantly I was in a better mood. As the end of August approaches, we’re getting that much closer to my favorite season.

Arranging seasonal branches and stems are a great way to transition your home into the new season! Whether you prefer branches from your backyard, preserved florals, or some pretty convincing artificial stems, I wanted to help you get ahead of the crowds with my top picks this year for designer-worthy foliage and a few decorating tips to help you style them in your home.

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When it comes to styling faux branches and stems, I have a few tricks up my sleeve that may help:

  • 3-5 stems are ideal. When I’m styling branches, I tend to use 3 because I want the arrangement to look sparse, and when I’m arranging stems for a vase I prefer to use 5 to create a fuller look.
  • Fluff and bend each stem, and each individual divided branch. I like to use the “S” method giving a slight curve to the left and then to the right for a more natural appearance. Then, at the very tip of each branch, I curl it around my fingers so I isn’t sticking straight out.
  • Don’t overdo the fall colors. Remember to mix in other greenery around your space with your fall foliage. Olive branches, Ruscus, and eucalyptus (faux or real) are complementary to fall foliage.
  • Vary your heights. Try styling a small busy arrangement on a console or side table while displaying unruly, fall branches on your coffee table. The mix of heights and styles will give a nice mixture.
  • A fall tree makes a great addition to any room! There are many budget-friendly options that I’ve linked below or you can follow my tutorial to make your own!

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While I was trading out summery greens for fall foliage, I was searching for the perfect fall tree to replace my Hearth & Hand Faux Gypsophila Tree that’s in the corner of my living room. I fell in love with this Red Maple from Crate and Barrel but thought I could create something similar for much less.

How To Make An Artificial Fall Tree

This DIY Project couldn’t be simpler and you can easily finish it in an afternoon.

I used three of these Faux Golden Yellow Leaf Branches from Crate and Barrel to create a fall variation of my Hearth & Hand Gypsophila Tree. I love how whimsical the gypsophila tree is and how the branches fall out in all directions. It really fills the corner nicely.

However, I wanted my artificial fall tree to be a bit taller to draw the eye up and accentuate our nine-foot ceilings. So I grabbed one of the bamboo stakes I had laying around in my garage. I cut the stake into two sections (a 10-inch piece and a 2-foot piece).

Using my drill and a larger bit, I slowly removed the center of the bamboo stake to allow for the artificial branch to slide into the stake. I only drilled down about six inches into the stake because that was as far as my drill bit would allow. It ended up being the perfect distance!

Using scissors I cut away the outer shell at the bottom of two of the artificial branches. Stripping away the coating allowed for the branch to slide nicely into the bamboo stake. I, then, cut away the excess shell and the branch’s width stayed consistent so the seam went unnoticed. I repeated this for the second branch as well.

With three artificial fall branches, I set to work on mounting them into the planter bucket for the base. Using some landscaping rocks, I positioned the artificial branches in the bucket similarly to the stems of my Gypsophila tree.

Then, I filled the bucket with Gap & Crack Insulating Foam. The foam is very sticky and emits quite a smell, so wear protection and complete in a well-ventilated area (outside is best). The trick with the insulating foam is to shake the can vigorously for 60 seconds at least to activate the growing properties, and only spray your bucket 3/4 full. The foam will continue to rise and spread as it dries which will fill the bucket completely and secure the branches.

I used strips of painters taken in a tripod style to hold each branch in place while the foam hardened.

Once the foam has hardened, I cut away any foam that had grown taller than the top of my bucket and spilled over the side.

To elevate the look of any artificial tree, place it inside a large basket or planter. To give extra height, rest your tree base on top of a box or bucket inside the planter. Then, fill around the base of your tree with packing peanuts. This is a great way to recycle all the shipping materials you get throughout the year.

To finish off the look, I covered my packing peanuts with reindeer moss. Layering generous amounts of moss across the top of my planter instantly gave my tree a designer look!

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I just love fall! In a few weeks, we’re heading to New England and I’ve heard it’s just magical during Leaf Peeping season!

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