I love, love, love house plants. Sadly, they do not love, love, love me back. It’s a one-sided love affair that usually ends up with someone dying. Not me, obviously. The house plant.
Take, for example, my most recent craft store experience:
So there I was, standing in line at the craft store, making small talk with the other people in line. A lady pointed out the faux succulent and commented about how much she liked it. Here’s a brief synopsis of our conversation:
Lady 1: That succulent is really fun!
Me: Yeah, and I can’t kill it.
Lady 2: But aren’t succulents really hard to kill?
Me: I guess not. I killed mine.
(hangs head in shame)
This project all started with a little inspiration from another blogger. I saw this Magnetic Daffodil Planter on pinterest, and the idea of upcycling spice containers has been on my mind ever since.
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DIY Magnetic Succulent Planter – Supplies
- an empty pepper or other spice container
- white spray paint
- washi tape – I used Scotch Expressions
- craft foam
- faux succulent – from the craft store floral department
- hot glue
- small magnets
DIY Magnetic Succulent Planter – Tutorial
Step 1 – Tear Apart and Paint
Do NOT do as I did, and attempt to use a butter knife to pry off the top of the pepper shaker. This was almost as bad as the time that I stabbed myself in the thumb with a razor blade while upcycling some glass Coca-Cola bottles.
Considering there is an adhesive holding the plastic lid and the metal container together, heat is your best friend. Bring a pot of water to a simmer and dunk the pepper container in the water. After a few minutes of exposure to the hot water, the lid will pop right off.
Allow the metal container to cool and dry thoroughly before applying a few thin coats of white spray paint.
Step 2 – Washi Tape Time
You may have noticed that the washi tape that I selected has two parts – green and pink. For this project, I only wanted the green part. I just took a pair of scissors and cut the strips of washi tape down the center before applying them to the painted container.
“But what happened to the pink washi tape,” you may ask. Don’t worry. My 3-year-old son made sure no tape went to waste, and decorated his juice cup to match mommy’s craft project. Waste not. Want not.
Step 3 – Get “Planting”
Cut a piece of green craft foam down to size – so that it fits snugly in the painted container.
Then cut your faux succulent stem down to size. I used 4 small sprigs cut from the larger stem.
Stick these smaller sprigs into the craft foam, and arrange as desired.
Step 4 – It’s Magnetizing
Using hot glue, add 2 magnets to the back of the container.