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Make a Tiny Tree Branch Faux Planter

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Make a Tiny Tree Branch Faux Planter

Did you see the cat tree I made using real branches a few months ago? This tiny tree branch faux succulent planter is actually an upcycled project from my cat tree scraps! So technically it’s an upcycle from an upcycle, considering I count the branch-to-cat-tree conversion as the first upcycle. I put so much work into scraping, sanding, staining, and sealing those branches, so when we leveled the tops of each branch, we ended up with some pretty little branch pieces. One of them was so perfect that I just couldn’t bear to throw it out.

Make a Tiny Tree Branch Faux Planter....super cheap and easy home decor idea, just go outside and grab a branch!

I knew I’d come up with a project idea, and here it is–a tiny planter for a faux succulent. This project was very easy for me to tackle in about 30 minutes since I had done most of the hard work finishing the branch months ago. If you’re starting from scratch with a branch, you’ll want to check out my detailed post on how to strip and finish branches for decor here. It walks you through how I removed the bark, polished the raw branch, stained it, and sealed it to protect it.

Make a Tiny Tree Branch Faux Planter....super cheap and easy home decor idea, just go outside and grab a branch!

Staining is a cosmetic change that you can skip, but I do recommend removing the bark and sealing the branch. Removing the bark ensures there are no critters living underneath, and sealing the branch protects it.

With that in mind, here is my supplies list:

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  • Small piece of a tree branch
  • Stain, Assorted sandpaper, and finish
  • Drill with various sized drill bits
  • Single faux succulent (optional: glue)–hit up Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft for an awesome selection.

And here’s how to do it.

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Step 1: Strip and finish your branch to your liking. I stained mine using Minwax Stain in Natural and finished it with Rust-Oleum Ultimate Polyurethane in Satin.

Step 2: Carve out the center of the branch using a drill and various drill bit sizes.

Make a Tiny Tree Branch Faux Planter....super cheap and easy home decor idea, just go outside and grab a branch!

Make a Tiny Tree Branch Faux Planter....super cheap and easy home decor idea, just go outside and grab a branch!

Step 3: Once you have the opening carved out, grab a drill bit that’s about the size of your faux succulent’s stem and drill a hole about a half inch down. Then cut your stem down and put it into the hole. Easy!

Make a Tiny Tree Branch Faux Planter....super cheap and easy home decor idea, just go outside and grab a branch!

Make a Tiny Tree Branch Faux Planter....super cheap and easy home decor idea, just go outside and grab a branch!

You can use a dab of glue here if you’re having trouble keeping the succulent in place.

Make a Tiny Tree Branch Faux Planter....super cheap and easy home decor idea, just go outside and grab a branch!

I love knowing that I made something so cute out of something that I was ready to throw away. Even if you’re starting from scratch with a branch, this is a very low cost project that you can easily customize by using different branch sizes, stains, and faux plant types.

Make a Tiny Tree Branch Faux Planter....super cheap and easy home decor idea, just go outside and grab a branch!

Make a Tiny Tree Branch Faux Planter....super cheap and easy home decor idea, just go outside and grab a branch!

If you’re planting a real plant in this, make your carved hole deep enough to comfortably fit the roots of whatever plant you’re planting. So likely deeper than this. You’ll also probably want to seal the area you carve out with poly.

Like this? You might also like these related projects:

Stainless Steel Hanging Bowl Planter

Make Concrete Succulent Planters

Make a Hanging Indoor Garden

Make a Hanging Wall Garden

Tiny tea tin planter upcycle in 10 minutes

Tiny Tea Tin Planters

Make a vertical balcony garden...what a great way to maximize space to create an awesome garden on a balcony!

Make a Vertical Balcony Garden

How to Seal Drainage Holes in Pots

How to Seal Drainage Holes in Pots

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Make a Tiny Tree Branch Faux Planter....super cheap and easy home decor idea, just go outside and grab a branch!




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Julie

Friday 28th of October 2016

What a great use of something that was just a left over. So stylish.

Brittany Goldwyn

Friday 28th of October 2016

Thanks Julie! Yes I hate wasting things :)

Pauline Molinari

Thursday 27th of October 2016

I love your planter - too cute! Thanks for sharing your crafty goodness on the Monday Funday Party!

Brittany Merth

Thursday 27th of October 2016

Thanks Pauline!

creativejewishmom/sara

Tuesday 25th of October 2016

Love this! Just picked up a few faux succulents on my summer trip to the USA, which I would ordinarliy not buy, but had seen so many cute DIYs using them, and now I'm inpsired to take them out of their little standard pots, thanks to you! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday, loving getting acquainted with your style!

Brittany Merth

Tuesday 25th of October 2016

Thanks Sara! And now that you brought a few home, you can probably propagate more using the plants you have! I'm working on an experiment with propagating some pieces now. They are finally starting to grow into tiny baby plants. If it all goes well, I'm going to share a post on that in the future too!

April R - Uncookie Cutter

Thursday 30th of June 2016

This is adorable!

Brittany Merth

Thursday 30th of June 2016

Thank you, April!

Sam

Wednesday 29th of June 2016

This would be great for an air plant too. No drainage!

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