Another Ballard's Knockoff! Inspired by their latest Olive Topiary, I saved $70 by making one myself and you can too with this Easy DIY Faux Olive Topiary tutorial! Affiliate links provided.
Do you ever fall in love with a decor piece, only to immediately change your mind once you see the price tag?
That's what happened to me when I saw this stunning Olive Topiary from Ballard Designs.
source: Ballard Designs
I loved the twiggy stem, the burnished pot with the beautiful spray of Olive branches.
But the price! $89 for the 26 inch tall plant - too rich for this momma of hungry boys.
So I thought I'd shop around and found this one from World Market.
source: World Market
At $40 - it was still to expensive for my liking, so I set out to DIY one for a fraction of the price. I loved how it turned out and had to share how easy it is to make one for yourself. Let start with the supply list.
Easy DIY Faux Olive Topiary
Olive Tree Stem Bundle - Hobby Lobby reg $12.99
Terra Cotta Pot - $2.50 - wait until both of these are 50% off!
Brown Floral Tape - Hobby Lobby $2.99 (I used a 40% off coupon)
Foam Floral Disc - $1.99
Stick - free
Mulch - free
Before you begin, clip each stem to create individual sprigs to work with. You can clip them with scissors, but if they are wired, then you may need wire cutters.
Next I took a stick I found from the yard and started to wrap each olive branch with brown floral tape around the stick.
It's best to find a stick that has a Y shape to allow room for the olive branches to spray out like the one from Ballard.
Simply layer and vary each olive sprig on the branch. It's perfectly fine to overlap the floral tape.
As you can see, we've got some awesome progress happening! I worked up and down the stick to mimic real branches.
Finish off the plant with a final wrap of the floral tape to secure the final sprigs.
Place your floral foam disc into the pot and insert your stick. I added mulch from my yard to hide the foam, but you can use raffia or moss if you like.
Isn't that the cutest thing ever?! I love how simple this was!
And what I love even more was the final price. The total cost of my DIY Faux Olive Topiary was $8.94 - that's a saving of $70!
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The best thing about this fun project is that I was able to recreate something that I thought was out of the question for my home. Now I have a beautifully styled corner of my living room!
So will you give this DIY a try? If you do, I want to see it! Send me a pic of what you create!
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