The right plant can add a lot of personality to any room. That’s why so many people like to decorate their homes with plants. Not only do small, colorful plants spice up your space, but they also add a fresh look that’s hard to achieve with other decorative pieces.
This article is all about how to make fake plants that deliver the aesthetic benefits without the responsibility of actually owning a plant.
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What are Fake Plants?
Just as their name suggests, fake plants or faux plants are artificial materials that look just the real thing. They don’t have any maintenance requirements and are usually made from long-lasting materials like cardboard, plastics, or other composites.
You can easily buy fake plants from many stores that sell decorative pieces. But a better option is just to make them at your home yourself. The best part? Making your own means that you’re not limited by your climate or the environment. Keep what you like and decorate the room of your dreams. The only limit is your imagination.
Why are Fake Plants Important?
There is a huge catch when it comes to keeping real plants in the house. Most of them are fussy and picky, demanding a lot of care and devotion. Let’s be honest: not everyone’s got time for that. If you’re a working professional who’s not used to caring for a plant, you’ll probably forget about watering it and bam, that cute little hydrangea is a dry dead stalk in no time.
Another common problem with owning real indoor plants is insects. Different bugs have an affinity with plants and get attracted to them. If you like to keep your windows open or have other indoor access, that poses an even bigger issue. Usually, bug repellants are the only solution, but spraying that stuff around isn’t awesome for your health and they shouldn’t be frequently used.
That’s not all. Indoor plants are also at risk from your pets, especially if you leave them alone. Most animals have a habit of chewing, and natural plants will likely become Fido’s favorite chew toy. Unlike their outdoor counterparts, most indoor plants don’t have the natural healing factor nor are they big enough. So, in most cases, your plant is as good as gone after your pet is done with it.
Learning how to make fake plants can save you from all that hassle. Colorful fake plants don’t wither with time and are evergreen. You won’t need to water them or care for them in any way. Even your pets won’t be that attracted to them. The only thing you’ll ever need to do is to wash your fake plant or remove the dust to spruce it up for a fresh vibe.
Can People Recognize Fake Plants Easily?
Well, that depends. Some people can immediately recognize fake plants even if they don’t touch them. However, many artificial plants in the market are designed so well that it's really hard to tell them apart for someone with little to no experience with plants.
There are some ways you can add more realism to your fake plants as well. For example, if you’re using felt, the best way to keep your plants refreshed is to spray them with a little water occasionally. This will give it a shine that’s usually only found on real leaves.
Another awesome option is to mix in elements from real plants. Dried twigs, pinecones, and other similar items are a popular choice. Just like faux plants, these natural items don’t require any maintenance and will last a very long time.
To put it simply, it's almost impossible to be 100% sure that no one will recognize your fake plant. Some elements are just too hard to replicate. However, as far as realistic aesthetics are concerned, you can find plenty of options that can confuse anyone.
Easy DIY Solutions for How to Make Fake Plants
Once you decide to go for faux plants, you’ll need to make a choice about whether to get one from the market or make one yourself. If you go for making your own, we’ve got your back. Trust us, learning how to make fake plants is easy and fun. You can master the art after a few tries.
Depending on the type of materials and your natural creative talents, you’ll be able to make beautiful designs and impress your guests.
Generally, the plants available in the market are from a single template. In other words, you won’t find much variety. Making blooms yourself is the better route if you want more vibrant colors and unique designs. All you’ll need will be the type of material for the leaves and flowers, a few sticks, a foundation for your plant, and a little glue.
Sound good? Let’s get creative.
Some material choices that are popular for fake plants are:
Paper is a versatile and colorful material that’s probably the easiest to work on. For simplicity purposes, we’ll include specialized paper like chart paper and cardboard in this category.
Usually, any DIY enthusiast crafting fake plants starts working with paper and graduates to other materials after some time. With this material, you have countless color options, can easily use glue to mix with other items like twigs, and make different parts of your plant.
For instance, cardboard is usually hard and can be used to make branches, foundation, and other sturdy parts of the plant. At the same time, softer papers can be a great choice for leaves and flowers. Simply put, you’re only limited by your imagination when it comes to using paper for fake blossoms.
Simple paper is a good starting material for beginners, but it comes with some drawbacks as well. Fake plants made from paper are generally short-term projects because of how weak the material is. Any kind of small mishandling can tear it and waste your effort. Similarly, you can’t use water spray and other cleaning methods. Some papers even lose their colors with time, so keep that in mind.
Another material we recommend for DIY fake plant projects is felt. It’s a lightweight, wooly material that is available in multiple colors. Just like paper, you can use glue to stick it permanently to many surfaces and cut it with scissors.
While felt is a kind of fabric, it’s usually categorized separately in the DIY community because of its properties and popular uses. The colors are not so vibrant, so felt’s application is very limited to the leaves, foundation, and other elements of the plant.
A popular plant that many felt users try making is cactuses. Cactuses don’t have a spectrum of vibrant colors and you can make do with different shades of green. For table tops, succulents are also a popular choice. Making them is easy, and the plant’s characteristics are super easy to replicate using felt.
One of the most popular materials for fake plants is plastic. You’ll find leaves, flowers, vines, and even fruit shapes made up of plastic for decoration. The material is easy to make and can be any color you want.
However, one important thing to note is that plastic is generally hard to handle in DIY projects. While it’s easy to use plastic vines, flowers, and other ready-made products for giving character to your design, making something from scratch is quite difficult.
Plastic is produced in different environmental conditions which can’t be easily replicated without the proper machinery. Apart from that, plastic has numerous issues like health risks, fire hazards, and environmental dangers, as well.
The terms polymers and plastic are often used interchangeably but they can mean different things in different situations. Fake plants that use polymer are also more predominantly used in mass production. However, you’ll find people using multiple polymer flowers, and other small parts in their DIY projects.
Sewing enthusiasts can use fabric and other similar materials to create attractive plants that look like the real deal. People often use different fabrics to make plush flowers like cactuses, lilies, and other similar plants.
Generally, fabrics don’t have the shine and vibrance of real plants, but you’ll get many color options with them. Some DIY projects also combine fabrics with other materials like Styrofoam and wood to give the plant a sturdier base and shape.
6. Dried flowers and twigs
Another common material that many DIY projects and even mass-produced fake plants incorporate are dried flowers and twigs. Adding elements from Mother Nature generally adds another layer of realism to a fake plant and many people use them for this purpose.
Just like fake plants, twigs and dried flowers don’t require any special care or watering. They also last for a long time, so you won’t have to start looking for replacements soon.
Keeping an indoor plant is a great way to decorate your room or apartment but doing so requires constant vigilance and effort. Small potted flowers are usually super needy and demand frequent attention. If you don’t have the time and patience to invest in the real thing, learning how to make fake plants can save you from repeated trips to the nursery. They don’t have any maintenance requirements and can generally last for a very long time. So get creative!