With the holiday’s right around the corner, buying presents can be great but if you’re anything like me, you’re bound to go over budget because you want to get all the things! In this DIY post series, I have 2 great ideas that won’t break your bank and both involve succulents *insert heart eyes*.
This past summer, my best friend fell in love with succulents – she got creative and made her own cement pot holders. Because they’re SO cute and so easy to do, I had to try it out for myself!
Before you get started, let’s talk supplies. Find some cute succulents; I just visited Home Depot. They have a wide variety and they’re very inexpensive! You’ll need your cement mix – for this I used White Quikwall Surface Bonding Cement. You’ll also need molds. There is no wrong mold to use – try anything! Use a half gallon milk carton, a mini gold fish cracker box or hey, use the Frozen paper cups that you found on clearance at the local DG! Other supplies needed are potting soil (Miracle-Gro Cactus, Palm & Citrus Potting Mix), a bucket for mixing and gloves if you prefer.
There aren’t any specific measurements when it comes to making the cement mix. If you make the mix more watery, it sets smoother but takes longer to dry. Just the opposite, if you keep the mix thicker (adding less water), it doesn’t take as long to harden but may have more air bubbles. I’ve made them both and I love the look either way! Since I’m making them as gifts, I thought the smoother, the better. It just means adding more water to the cement mix and letting them set overnight.
Now that they’re dry, all I have to do is remove the mold! I’ve heard that spraying the inside of the molds with cooking spray makes it easier to remove. I’ve never actually tried it but it’s always an option.
With the mold removed, I’m free to get creative. Leaving the pot as-is is adorable but I’m going to duct tape the top, leaving the bottom of the pot exposed to spray paint.
While the spray paint is drying, feel free to fill the pots with your potting mix, remove the succulent from the store bought pot and plant those little guys!
Adorable, easy and very inexpensive! Stay tuned for part 2 later this week!
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