Faux Olive Tree

Some affiliate links are used at no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting my blog! For more information, visit my Disclosure.

There’s that period after you’ve taken down all of the Christmas decorations where the house feels really stark and empty. A few days go by, you’ve adjusted to seeing it in its normal state again, and that stark feeling goes away. When our Christmas tree came down I couldn’t get past how empty that corner of our living room felt, even months later. I just knew it needed a tall plant in that space. The problem was that anything I placed there quickly drooped or died a slow death due to the covered patio blocking the sun. The only solution was to go faux. I’ll be honest, I was expecting to not like it, but the faux olive tree I placed in the corner has ended up being just perfect!

There are some affiliate links used in this post, purchases made through those links will not add any additional cost to you, and I thank you for supporting my blog in this way. For additional information, please visit my disclosure.

faux olive tree in living room

What I like about this faux olive tree is its height, how full it is while still being airy, and the realistic look to the branches. This tree comes in two sizes, mine is the Large.

pottery barn faux olive tree

Found Pot + Planting

Let me tell you about the found pot I “planted” it in. This pot was one I had made over once before for use outside, but I thought it might be the perfect size for this tree. You can see how the pot used to look in the photo below where I was testing size.

I wanted the pot to have a found/aged look to it. To do this I painted the white top to match the bottom and randomly dabbed on some black paint. Before the black paint dried I took a damp paper towel and wiped off some of the black paint.

To give the tree a little more height I filled the bottom of the pot with styrofoam before placing it inside. Then, I added a little more styrofoam to the sides to keep the tree nice and secure. To make the tree look more realistic I placed some cardboard over the top of the pot (for a flat surface) and layered preserved moss on top.

To see the entire process, check out my Instagram Found Pot Highlight.

DIY found pot

I’m so happy with my olive tree! It fills that lonely corner perfectly and I don’t have to worry about a real tree dying on me.

Good Faux Olive Options

I’ve rounded up some more faux olive trees if you’re interested in one for yourself! And, as of right now, mine is currently 30% off with free shipping!

one // two // three // four // five


  1. Pamela Jones Avatar
    Pamela Jones

    I love a good faux plant. No watering, no shedding and no guilt feelings about the lack of a green thumb. 😄 This tree is perfect. Not he predictable focus or fig. Love it.💞

    1. Shelley Avatar

      I spend enough time worrying about my other plants, it’s nice to not have to worry about this one!

  2. Pamela Jones Avatar
    Pamela Jones

    Oh and the new look to your pot is a great update.

    1. Shelley Avatar

      I didn’t want to have to buy one so I was really excited when this one worked out so well.

  3. Dana Avatar

    Looks great in your space. Just ordered it! My cats had been using my real 7′ fiddle head fig as a planter! Never again…

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Oh no!! That had happened to a plant at my mom’s house. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Meet Shelley

Hi, I’m Shelley! My belief is that with a little creativity and elbow grease, you can make your home look like a million bucks without spending it.

Latest on Instagram

Search by Category


Never Miss a Post
Get the latest posts and exclusive content delivered straight to your inbox.
Thank you!  Check your email for a message from me!

Wonderful Finds

You Might Also Like