Faux branches are awesome, but they can sometimes look kind of fake. And the good ones are expensive! This DIY fake branch project leans into the fake to create a really cool faux branch, perfect for minimal decor — or a really amazing Halloween decoration! Each fake branch will cost less than a dollar to make once you have the right tool.
And I think by now, we all need some new fake plant decor ideas, right? 😉
In this post, I’m going to show you how to make a dramatic fake plant with faux leather leaves for under a dollar per branch!
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How to Make a Faux Branch for Decor
To make a fake branch to use as home decor, you simply start with a real branch, strip the leaves, and glue fabric or paper leaves to the branch ends. Read on for tips on how to achieve the best look.
Step 1: Get a branch
Find a branch with an interesting shape either from your yard or while you’re on a walk. The more little offshoots, the better!
Take your time to really look at the shape. You want something with curves and generous spacing. I personally like branches that reach out rather than up.
Step 2: Punch out your leaves
Grab a sheet of synthetic leather. I bought mine at Dollar Tree, but I like the backing on this set MUCH better, and it averages out to be cheaper than the DT version.
Lesson learned by me!
Now, punch out a bunch of leaves using a leaf-shaped paper punch.
There isn’t an exact science as to how many you’ll need. Just look at your branch and guesstimate how many it will take to achieve the fullness you want. It’s easy enough to punch out more as needed!
Step 3: Glue leaves to the branch
Take your pile of faux leather leaves, a glue gun, your branch, and get to work!
Dab a very small amount of hot glue onto the stem end of a leaf and gently press it onto the end of a branch offshoot.
Be sure to orient the leaf in the direction it would naturally grow from the branch. If your faux leather has an ugly backing like mine, try your best to face all of the leaves leather side out.
Clip off any little offshoots you don’t like or need to get your ideal branch shape. It’s also ok to leave some of the branch tips leafless!
Step 4: Style your branches
Place your branch (or branches) in the vessel of your choosing and you’re done!
I think these black leaves are so cool for a spooky Halloween decor moment or even just if you like black. For a softer look, you could try brown or tan leather or go with something colorful for more whimsy!
I’m a big fan of crafting with leather. If you are too, try one of these simple leather crafts for your home next: