Hello! I have been super busy this week and running real low on energy. I am transitioning to a new position at work and am so excited to get to it that honestly I am having troubles focusing on other things.
I did miss posting last week and I am sorry for those of you who were expecting something, or even inquired about it. Please bear with me over the next few weeks as I have a ton to learn in my new position.
Having said that I will not stop posting… I may just be a day or two delayed.
Anyway… enough about me and onto what you really came here for. 🙂
Over the last few months I have really been crushing on succulents! I have to say that I think they are my kind of plant. Easy to care for, hard to kill. Seriously, I can forget them for a month and they still seem to stick around.
I used to be really good at caring for plants but when my girls came along I had to make a choice… Feed and water the plants… or the kids. I chose the latter and boy am I glad I did! They are super cute.
Now though, they are getting older and I am feeling the need to have more green around my house. I am not going to lie though. Starting with baby steps is the key. I only have two real plants and the rest are faux. I can’t jump all in. The pure chaos of that would throw me off the deep end.
This weekend I decided to sit down and make myself a few succulent gardens.
One is made with a real plant …
…and the other two are faux succulents.
All were really easy to make and I love how they brighten up my decor.
I will walk you through the steps on how I made mine.
How To Make Succulent Gardens
- Plant of choice – Faux or real
- Dish of choice – For this you have so many options. I used a square vase I had around home, the tall terrarium is from Michaels and the small hexagonal grey one is from Ikea.
- Sand – colours to match your decor
- Small rocks
- Wire cutters (optional)
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I started with my real one and decided that it might be easier at this point if I just leave it in the pot it came in.
I know down the road I may have to change it as it grows but I don’t ever have plants live that long, so it will be a celebration of sorts when it happens.
Because I was leaving it in the pot I cut down a yogurt container and turned it upside down to raise it up a bit in the glass vase.
Then I started to add the sand. I went with a fine white sand and a courser black sand. To layer it I used a funnel to pour it in where I wanted it and then use a straw to kind of move it around a bit to where it looked good. Higher in some spots, lower in others. I didn’t want it straight across so I played with it a bit.
I kept alternating the sand until it almost reached the top.
I left enough space that I could add some small rocks to the top to finish it off. Making sure to cover the top of the pot it was in.
For the other two I decided to go with faux plants and picked them up on sale at Michaels.
The process is basically the same. But I used a piece of styrofoam as a filler in the dishes so as to not have to use so much sand and rocks and also to give the stems something to stick into.
The small grey pot had a small piece of styrofoam in it with some paper covering the top to prevent too much from falling to the bottom since you can’t see it anyway. I didn’t want to waste any sand in the bottom. What a waste that would be.
I went with one simple stem, added some of the small rocks and look how stinkin’ cute it is.
All done! Simple as that. And they are so pretty sitting on my shelves.
I will definitely make some more, and put them throughout my house!
So what are your plant stories? Are you a real or faux plant kind of person?