Decorating DIY

Easy way to change a faux topiary to make it look less “faux”

It seems like forever since I shared a post! We just finished celebrating our Canadian Thanksgiving, and it’s been a tradition for our family to rent a cottage and spend that weekend together! How blessed we are! As usual, lots of laughs, eating too much food, and memories were had!

Oliver always finds the comfiest spot!

I have been incorporating more topiaries in my decor. They make the perfect French romantic touch. Some can be quite expensive, and most need quite a bit of light.

Basic budget friendly topiary

When I found these faux ones in Ikea, they were perfect! The only issue was sometimes faux greenery can look just that…”faux” I was trying to come up with an easy way to make it look less fake, because the leaves were quite bright green

. I have a faux wreath in the dining room that has eucalyptus and lambs ears. It is faux, but it works, because it is soft, and not harsh. (definitely romantic) So spray paint to the rescue!

I wrapped the whole topiary with paper towel, except the greenery. (It was quick, and less work than painters tape) I used Serenity Blue Rustoleum Chalked Paint. I sprayed VERY lightly back and forth…never ever stopping in one spot. Use a very light hand, almost misting the paint. You can always go back and spray more.

This gave the softened look I was going for! Some of the leaves had a little more paint than others, which was good! That’s what gives the leaves dimension.

When they were dry, I placed them in vintage milk glass plant pots. You could pop them in terra cotta pots, vintage tins, even small crocks.

I placed dried moss on the top to cover the plastic base, and make it look even more real. I purchased my moss at our local garden centre. But you can find it here.

That’s it!! So easy, didn’t take very long, and I love how soft and romantic they look! I hope you try this easy DIY! As always, thanks for stopping by! Happy Crafting!

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  1. Marilyn Moore says:

    WOW. Using blue paint to soften green flowers!!!! Brilliant. The look is truly amazing. Oliver fits into the ‘serenity theme’ quite nicely!! Perfect! xoxoxox. Mom

    1. Tracey says:

      Oliver was quite proud of the fact that he brought me a chipmonk this morning! Thanks Mom! I am happy with how they turned out!

  2. Marg Lokker says:

    Looks great Tracey!

    1. Tracey says:

      Thanks Marg! xo

  3. Lynda says:

    Those are my kind of plants! (they don’t die!!) xo

    1. Tracey says:

      Haha for sure!!

  4. Emily says:

    Tracey, these topiaries look amazing!! The paint made such a huge difference!!!

    1. Tracey says:

      Thank you Emily 💗

  5. looks awesome!

    1. Tracey says:

      Thanks Kim 💗

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