Easy Hack to Make Indoor Trees Look Taller (+ Lighting Styling Tip!)


Realistic faux indoor trees are a viral trend right now in home decor! Here’s how to get the stylish look for less.

olive tree with walmart resin indoor pot

Faux is the way to go, especially if you don’t have a green thumb like me!

Adding an indoor tree is a beautiful way to add interest and style to a room. They can really bring the outdoors inside and make your space more inviting. I have personally been on a faux tree kick in my home, and love how they look so much!

However, I don’t love the price tag on lots of the gorgeous trees and pots I am seeing on Instagram. Some of these trees can be hundreds of dollars, and the pots too. 😩

indoor plant and walmart tall planter in dining room

Today we’re gonna discuss how to get high-end indoor trees and planters style for less!

This budget-friendly hack will save us some money! The key is to buy a shorter tree and stack it in a larger, taller pot. You’ll then be left with an elevated more expensive-looking tree to display in your space! Interior design tips and tricks like this are my favorites. Plus, this idea is very easy to pull off.

See how to make faux trees look more realistic on YouTube!

HIP TIP: I basically followed these 5 helpful tips from StoneGable.com on how to make a faux indoor trees look realistic! Be sure to check out her article too for inspiration.

faux olive tree from home depot

Can you believe this beautiful indoor tree is from Home Depot?!

Olive trees are super trendy right now to elevate a space and add. I love this artificial faux olive tree so much as it’s realistic and so pretty. Faux trees have sure come a long way in recent years, haven’t they?! The best part there is no watering involved and I cannot kill this one! LOL

better homes and gardens resin planter from Walmart

The award for the most realistic stone-looking outdoor and indoor tree pot goes to Walmart!

If you’re looking for a luxury-looking planter with Pottery Barn vibes this is it. I am so pleased with the quality of this Better Homes and Gardens planter for under $20! It’s made of resin, yet looks like a heavy stone material. I love that it’s lightweight and easy to move around, yet looks very heavy.

*If this planter isn’t currently available where you live, consider some of these similar options

Money Saving Tip: Don’t forget to check out thrift stores, and stores like TJMaxx and HomeGoods for affordable planters. Tall woven baskets will work as well!

Here’s how I styled my artificial olive tree and plater to make it look taller and more realistic!

inside of faux tree pot

I started with a smaller upside-down leftover smaller pot and placed it inside to create a platform for my tree to sit on. I then used leftover brown packing paper and bubble wrap to fill in the space around the sides so it’s stable.

adding a sheet of moss to plant a faux tree

After that, I added a sheet of moss around the tree to hide everything. I cut down the middle of the square piece so that it could easily be placed around the base of the tree. Lastly, I tucked in the sides so it looks flat and seamless.

This project took a total of about 5 minutes to do! Yippee! 

woman holding a faux tree and large planter

Honestly, I love this faux tree and pot set-up so much!

I am so excited about it, and the whole thing was less than $100 to create. I have seen similar setups be hundreds of dollars on Instagram, so this is a win in my book! My tree looks so fancy and stylish now. The moss really does add a realistic touch.


Here is a smart and easy lighting hack for your faux tree to consider! 

woman using a remote on a LED tree lamp

Grab a pair of LED spotlights from Amazon and create some background lighting!

All I did was fill my planter with the plant and covered the empty space with faux-dried Spanish moss. I Added the lights making sure to hide them a bit with the moss. Face the lights towards the stem of the tree and they will light up the area to create a cozy vibe at night! I love this idea, and it was both easy and inexpensive to do!

There is a remote that comes with the lights to easily turn on and off and adjust the brightness.

led lighting for faux plants


Want some suggestions on other affordable faux indoor trees and planters to buy? 

woman standing next to tall fiddle leaf fig tree in corner of white living room

Check these faux tree options out:

allen and roth tall planter from Lowes

Here are some excellent outdoor and indoor tree pot options to consider: 

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