These are just the best affordable faux olive branches! Such a fun find that I just had to share with you.
I actually had these in my cart for quite awhile. I’m very much a real greenery kind of girl, especially when it comes to photos, but real olive branches just aren’t something you can come by easily in this part of the world, so the only real option is faux. I’m absolutely not unwilling to pay-up for high end branches if means getting a really beautiful product, but I was curious about these. The reviews were mixed, but I thought they were worth ordering just to see. I was prepared to have a good laugh and then send them back. I was so surprised to find that I actually love these super affordable faux olive branches!
What I Love About These Amazon Olive Branches
I will say that these branches aren’t perfect, but then I have a really expensive faux olive tree and it’s not perfect either up close. If you really want to find out and look closely, you can see the little plastic ribs on the backs of the leaves, of course. The overall effect is just lovely though. The shape of the arrangement and the way the leaves and olive reach up and out is just exactly right. Each leaf has the most perfect outward curve to it. The olives are spaced at just the right intervals to make creating the perfect olive branch arrangement in a vase incredibly easy.
The colors used are so beautiful and exactly right to go with all of the current home decor trends. The green on the front of the leaves is a bit deeper than my more expensive olive tree, and I’m hesitant to say it, but I think that might make these branches even more photogenic. It just works. The green on the backs of the leaves is a bit of a dusty green and seeing a bit of that actually adds to the overall beauty of the arrangement.
How to Floof These Affordable Faux Olive Branches to Make Them Look Good
So, there were a few bad reviews, and after reading them and seeing the branches for myself, I think they just weren’t doing it right. The branches come in a pack of 6 and they’re flattened and folded up, so you do have to open them up and fluff them a bit, as you’d expect to do with any faux branches.
OK, now here’s the key: Take the olive branches, one at a time, and bend each section outward from the main stem to give them a fuller look, then place them in the vase that you intend to display them in. Next, bend each branch section forward towards yourself, so that you mostly see the tops of each leaf. Don’t worry if you see a few leaf undersides. The frosty green color that is exposed under each leaf actually contributes to the overall look of the olive branches, you just want to see mostly tops of leaves.
If your branches have any leaves that were badly folded during shipping, just trim them away if they’re bugging you. These stems have enough fullness to them that you can sacrifice a leaf or two.
And that’s it!
I actually loved these stems so much that I used them to style a shoot we did of a renovated home. If you’ve ever worked with us, you know that I almost never use anything but real greenery, but I used these and they looked great!
If you love the look of faux olive stems, definitely check these ones out!
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.