This Hack Will Instantly Elevate Your Fake House Plants

Your faux plants can look so much prettier! This TikToker shows you how to make fake plants look real with the simplest tricks.

Fake plants come with a lot of convenience. You don’t have to water them, and they don’t die, so you don’t have to replace them as you might with real plants. But there’s a downside to using faux plants—it’s hard to make them look real. Most fake plants are made of a type of plastic or silk, and camouflaging them isn’t easy.

Luckily, there are a few tricks you can use to elevate their appearance. Here’s how to make fake plants look real without spending too much effort or time.

How to Make Fake Plants Look Real

Some ideas that’ll help you transform the look of your fake houseplants come from TikTok creator @amyepeters. In the TikTok video, Peters shares how to make your houseplants look real with a few materials. If you’re new to the world of faux greenery, you may want to know how to pick fake plants before you try these hacks. If you already have a few fake plants at home, you can use these tricks together (or separately).

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Buy a Larger Pot

Find a larger pot for your plants. It can be slightly or significantly larger, but the point is to make it possible to elevate your fake houseplant to a higher level. You can find a variety of pots at any home improvement store, like Lowe’s or The Home Depot, and chain or local garden centers.

You may also want to consider a wall planter for specific plants, like fake begonias or ferns. If so, try one of these wall planters for your home.

Elevate Your Plant to Make It Look Taller

To elevate your plant inside the large pot, put a plastic bucket or something similar inside the pot. Try to center it for the best results. Next, fill in the gaps of the pot with bubble wrap or a towel and place your fake plant on top of the bucket, so it sits higher. If you don’t have a bucket at home, you can buy a plastic paint bucket at a home improvement store.

Use Fake or Preserved Moss

One of the best touches you can add to a fake plant is moss. In the video, the TikTok creator uses a ring of cardboard to place around the base of the plant to keep the soil, rocks and moss elements isolated. You can buy fake or preserved moss online from retailers like SuperMoss or Amazon. You can also find fake or preserved moss at craft stores like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.

Add Soil and Rocks

Adding fresh soil and rocks can take a fake houseplant from drab to the next level. When you put in these earthy touches, your faux plants will look more realistic—and prettier! The human eye is used to seeing real soil in potted plants, so when you place some soil in your faux greenery, it’ll look much more natural.

If you want to add some fresh greenery to your home but don’t know where to start, try placing an indoor herb garden planter in your kitchen. Herbs are low maintenance as long as you make sure you’ve bought the best indoor herb garden plants and have them in the ideal conditions.

Cianna Garrison
Cianna Garrison is a California-based freelance writer with a love for home design and architecture. Since she was small, she's been immersed in interior design and DIY projects, whether hands-on or through her HGTV obsession, and is handier around the house than she'd like to admit. Her work has appeared in Elite Daily, How-To Geek, Review Geek, Truity and other publications.