I'm a craft blogger, albeit one with a secret desire to be a furniture painting blogger. But for now, I'm just a craft blogger. In an effort to practice leaving my crafting comfort zone, I decided to do a different kind of project for this post. In the blogging world succulent planters have been done to death, but they haven't been done by me and I wanted to give it a try.
Not too bad for my first attempt. This project also took me out of my "homebody" mode and sent me on a trip to the local home and garden center because although I have had 2 years of horticulture in school, I really knew nothing about succulents. I found someone who had a clue and I asked tons of questions. I picked out a some succulents that I liked and the recommended bag of this....
The advice was that succulents need a fast-draining soil because surprisingly to me they don't love water and most won't tolerate very much of it for very long. I already had the recommended shallow container with a good drainage hole or two.
The holes were rather large for such fine sandy soil, so I covered them with a couple of pieces of plastic screening. I filled my pot 1/3 of the way with the cactus mix and put my 3 little plants in. Then I rearranged it about 10 times because I have no idea what is aesthetically pleasing when it comes to weird-looking plants but I settled on a plan and then added the rest of my soil.
Somehow, it just didn't seem finished. It looked a little too stark for me. I scrambled through my craft supplies looking for something to cute it up with. Bad idea. My craft room is full of things like buttons, gems, ribbons and pretty paper. Ummm no. So I went to my candle cabinet. I have a thing for candles and I have an entire cabinet full of candles and candlescape paraphernalia. I found a little Ziploc full of natural aquarium gravel.
Using a plastic spoon, I just put a thin layer of the gravel around the plants to cover the soil.
Now it looks finished. This was an easy project and fairly inexpensive. Although I may have jumped on the caboose of the succulent planter blog train, I'm pretty happy with the results.
I have to go empty out some furniture and get it ready to paint because I'm about to step into a wholly different blogging world. Hopefully some of you "Somewhat Quirky" readers will be seeing me again.....that is, if I'm a good student, because we all know that it won't be the teachers fault as I'll be having an excellent teacher.
Thanks for letting me share a project with your readers today Karen!
Thanks Danni. This looks great. Love the pot that you used. By the time anybody reads this we will be elbow deep in painting and having a blast I'm sure! I hope you will stop by Silo Hill Farm to see more of Danni's projects and to hear her take on our furniture painting adventures.
Make something wonderful today!