5 Minute DIY Spray Painted Planter

DIY Spray Painted Succulent Planter | Revamperate DIY Spray Painted Succulent Planter | RevamperateIf you’ve read the blog before, you know the plants and I don’t normally get along, but I have managed to keep my succulents alive for quite a while now, which has a lot to do with keeping them away from the cats. I learned early on that Oliver liked succulents a little too much, and they were quickly torn apart if left on a low table. Even the ones on my windowsill are not entirely safe from the cats (nothing is safe!), but they’ve been doing pretty well regardless.

A couple months ago, I shared the basics for how to make a terrarium. After I made that post, I thought I’d take a second to share the 5 minutes it took to make my spray painted planter with the teal bottom. First of all, that funky little square vase cost me $3 at Michaels and I already had leftover Montana Cans spray paint from my triangle painted vase project. Win, win. I love cheap projects!  

DIY Spray Painted Succulent Planter | RevamperateTime: 5 minutes 

Supplies:

  • Clear shallow vase 
  • Bright color spray paint 
  • Trash bag or newspaper
  • Masking tape

I taped down a cut up trash bag as my base for spray painting. My neighbors must hate me for spray painting in the complex…especially when I leave marks on the pavement outside my door…There may or may not be some yellow and teal paint on the ground outside my door still. Oops…I swear it does wash away after a while though. But learn from my mistakes – always put down an extra large base when painting even small items. Spray paint travels more than you think it does! 

Wash the vase and remove any stickers. Place face down in the middle of the base and lightly spray the bottom of the glass. For something as shallow at this vase, I had to be careful not to spray too much, otherwise it wouldn’t give me the look I wanted. Since I was going for color that only sprayed about halfway up, I kept the spray paint can up high and did not spray the sides at all. Instead, I sprayed the bottom of the vase and let the paint splatter travel up the sides on its own. 

Let dry and come back later to make any necessary touch-ups. Then fill it up! 

Add your rocks, sand, soil and plants and top it off with additional rocks or other materials to finish it, and now you’ll have a cute terrarium with a bright painted bottom! Display in your home or give it away for a thoughtful gift. Mine has a perfect spot in my office, and the color matches perfectly with the brackets of our new shelves. Happy crafting! 

Halloween DIY Coffin Table Planter

Halloween DIY | Succulent Coffin Table Planter Halloween DIY | Succulent Coffin Table PlanterHalloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for (although Christmas still holds the #1 spot)! This year, I started planning my Halloween ideas out way in advance to ensure I wouldn’t be freaking out at the last minute trying to spin up DIYs and recipes, which has made this a pretty stress-free Halloween for me (YAY). Well, lucky for me, all of the department stores had the same idea, so I started seeing all of the Halloween decorations come out in early August and started buying up a storm. 

I stumbled across this coffin-shaped box while I was at Michaels and thought I could do something with it, but I didn’t know what yet. I went ahead and bought it while I thought of something to use it for and decided it was destined to be a succulent planter, but it was missing something…a body. The next time I went to Michaels, it was packed with people searching for Halloween decorations and I found this hanging skeleton that was almost the perfect size for my coffin. 

As my plan came together, I created this spooky coffin table planter filled with dark succulents and bones coming out from the dirt. My cats promptly destroyed it when I was done, but I managed to put it back together and get some enjoyment out of it…it’s definitely one of my favorite decorations this year!

Halloween DIY | Succulent Coffin Table Planter Halloween DIY | Succulent Coffin Table PlanterTime: 20 minutes 

Supplies:

  • Coffin form (about 1-foot tall)
  • Black spray paint (optional)
  • Succulents 
  • Succulent soil
  • Rocks
  • Sand
  • Small skeleton

First of all, if your coffin is plain wood, give it 1-2 coats of black spray paint and let it dry completely before you do anything else. I actually found one that was already black, so it saved me a step or two. 

Then pour a layer of rocks into the coffin until you have about a 1/2 inch layer all the way across. Then cover with a layer of sand – you can use any color because you won’t be able to see it. Pour soil over the sand and plan out where you’d like your succulents and skeleton to be.  

Halloween DIY | Succulent Coffin Table Planter Halloween DIY | Succulent Coffin Table PlanterIf you have a full skeleton like mine, break it up. I didn’t want to use the entire thing, so I broke off the feet, arms, rib bones and head to place toward the middle of the coffin, peeking through the soil. For the hands in particular, I poked the bones into the dirt in a way that makes it look like someone is trying to break out of their grave. ZOMBIES! And then you can barely see a foot and the rib cage through the dirt with the skull slightly covered with a succulent. 

I used a few small and mini succulents to plant around the skeleton, but I didn’t want to place them too close together so that you could still see the skeleton bones peeking through. Plant the succulents and add additional soil on top as needed. As far as the type of succulents to buy, it’s completely up to you, but remember that you’ll need to be able to see the skeleton, so don’t buy anything too large, tall or viney that might get in the way. I loved the really dark blackish and purple colored succulents because they reminded me of Halloween, so those were my first choice. I also added a couple mini plants to add variety.

When you’re satisfied with your layout, lay out the coffin table planter on your coffee table or dining room table. Now you’re one step closer to Halloween! 

DIY Basics How to Make a Terrarium

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I hope you all had a nice weekend! I had so much fun at Renegade yesterday, and if we’re being honest, my favorite part was the Jeni’s ice cream food truck…still daydreaming about it. And we’re getting back to basics today! If you know me, you’re probably already thinking “Really? You expect me to take plant advice from YOU?” That’s a fair point. I suck at keeping plants alive (normally) but succulents are different. They are persistent!  So today I’m sharing the basics about succulents and how to make a terrarium. 

Succulents are the perfect way to add green to your home for several reasons:

  • They’re drought resistant (and we really need that in California right now)
  • They come in so many different types! 
  • They’re easy to manage because you only need to water them once a week
  • You can customize a terrarium so many ways

Next, let’s chat supplies. Because you can customize a terrarium any way you want, you can make a terrarium out of just about any container. The important thing to remember is that your container need to fit your plants because, of course, plants grow. 

Supplies: 

  • Container (usually glass or ceramic) 
  • Small potted succulents 
  • Cactus soil
  • Sand
  • Small rocks 

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Steps to make a terrarium:

  1. Add a small layer of rocks to the bottom of the container. This is important for draining the water so it doesn’t overwhelm the plan in the soil. Rocks come in many different sizes and colors, so pick something that matches your style as well as the container you’re using.
  2. Pour in a layer of sand. Again, you can use colored sand or your usual beach sand or black sand. 
  3. Cover with soil. Generously top off the sand with soil specific to dessert plants. The right soil is very important, and you want to have enough soil for the roots of your plants, especially considering baby plants will grow. 
  4. Plan the succulents. Unpot your succulents and dig them into your soil. 
  5. Garnish with rocks and other items. Once your succulents are planted, top the soil with rocks, additional sand or small items like plastic pieces that fit your style. 

You can make terrariums in so many different kinds of containers and display them in so many ways, which is why I enjoy them so much. Put them on a shelf, a table or hang them on the wall. Water them about once a week (that’s really all they need) and keep them in a place where sunlight reaches them. 

Now, get out there and make a million terrariums! 

Pumpkin Succulent Planter

DSC_0563To celebrate the beginning of fall and to autumn-ify my apartment, I picked up a miniature pumpkin, along with several small succulents to fill it with for a fall centerpiece. While I don’t enjoy pumpkin foods, I still really enjoy the smell and aesthetic of them this time of year.

To make this centerpiece pumpkin succulent planter, you’ll need a miniature pumpkin, approximately 5 inches, and a knife, spoon and three of the smallest succulents you can find. If you prefer, you could even paint your pumpkin or coat it with glitter for a different feel.DSC_0554 DSC_0550Cut a hole in the small pumpkin, about 3-3 1/2 inches wide, and hollow it out with a spoon, scraping everything out that you can. Use your knife to clean up the sides of the hole as best you can. Then carefully place your succulents inside. You will probably need to loosen the soil around the roots and let it fall to the bottom of the pumpkin in order to fit all three of the plants insides and still have soil on the bottom.

Depending on your pumpkin, you might find that you need more soil, but I didn’t need any more than what came in my small succulent pots. Clean up the sides with a paper towel once the plants are inside and your planter is complete. DSC_0565Put your pumpkin succulent planter on a table, shelf or mantle for beautiful autumn decor that will brighten the room. Just remember, a carved pumpkin won’t last forever, so when it begins to spoil, you’ll want to move out your succulents and discard the pumpkin.

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Terracotta Pots: 3 Ways

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I’m not really allowed to own plants – they tend to live short lives under my care. To compromise my desire for plants and my lack of adequate plant care, I’ve taken on succulents. They’re small, which allows for easy placement, and they’re relatively inexpensive, which my small budget appreciates. The plants only cost a few dollars, and small terracotta pots with their corresponding trays are even less.

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Here, you see three ways to dress up terracotta pots with only a couple shades of paint, making it an easy weeknight project that you can finish in less than an hour.

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I gave the pink and gold one to my mom for Mother’s Day a while back, but the other two still sit on my dining room table. Amazingly enough, the plants are still alive and well. Let’s hope I can keep them that way!