This TikToker DIYed a $1,000 Faux Plant For Only $25

published May 5, 2022
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When home decor content creator Drew Scott found artificial trees sold online as too pricey, he set out to make his own, cleverly, using parts from an actual tree.

In the following video, Scott — better known on TikTok as @lonefoxhome — says that he’d been looking for an artificial tree to go with a vintage pot he’d bought, but the ones available online are priced upwards of $1,000. So instead, he decides to do a DIY. First, he cuts off a couple of large branches from a tree in his yard. Then, he pours cement in a bucket to create a base. Now for the fun part.

“If you need to add more branches to your base, you can totally do so using a drill bit and some additional branches,” Scott says of the next step. To give the tree some volume, he then glues on faux leaves he bought at Michaels for only $1.99. 

He adds, “The great thing is you can customize the shape and the size of the tree up to your liking.”

The result? A nine-foot tree that looks uncannily similar to the $1,000 ones but only costs $25 and four hours of DIY work. From afar, you really can’t tell the difference.

The hack is so clever that the video already has 1.9 million views and lots of curious TikTokers. A follower asked, “Won’t the dead branches eventually rot?” to which someone replied, “I think it has to be wet for long periods of time in order to rot. We make houses out of wood that lasts decades. Same concept.”

There were jokes, too. “Showing this video to my plants reminding them they can be replace if they keep acting up,” one commenter said, while another added, “My dad walked by when you put it in the cement and goes ‘that will never grow.’”

While others said they would rather buy a real houseplant, Scott gets points for being resourceful and thrifty. After all, money doesn’t grow on trees.

You can see more of his home decor hacks and makeovers on TikTok and on his blog.