Happy Thursday everyone! Tomorrow I head out to Re:Make with some brilliant bloggers, creatives and tech folk but today I have another DIY for you! So to add to my list of wedding DIY’s (Did you see my 500 paper flower challenge yesterday?). I’m hand making all my favors – and since our garden is one of my absolute favorite things I thought I’d make these Sweet Petites as a test!
Each planter is a small 2″ votive and the bottoms are in our lovely pastel color palette – feel free to customize for your gifting or wedding colors! I used succulents here for a couple of reasons:
- They’re distinctly Californian for our East coast and Midwest guests.
- Succulents are significantly lower maintenance in the care department which makes them more of a gift to enjoy (rather than feel bad when it dies in the hotel room).
Let’s get started!
What you’ll Need:
- 2-inch square votives
- 2-inch Succulents, 1 per votive
- Acrylic pain in your colors (I used Martha Stewart brand – Blue Sky, Pea Shoot, & Wild Salmon. You can get all of them in this pack), If you’re doing a large batch I recommend switching to spray paint.
- Cactus friendly soil
- Charcoal (Optional)
- Drainage stones
- Washi or Painters tape
1. Tape off the bottom of your votive, I chose to start painting just about at the halfway point. **Note: if you’re doing a large batch of these as favors – cover any piece of the votive that should be left unpainted with tape or paper.
2. Start painting! Apply a thin coat horizontally across the sides of the votive above your tape. The thin coat will allow your votive to dry faster.
If you’ve opted for the spray paint route, separate the votives into batches (these will be your different colors). Place a large piece of cardboard on a grassy spot or driveway. Put a batch of the votives bottom up on the cardboard, cover your mouth with a mask or bandana, put on goggles. Holding the spray paint the recommended distance from the votives, evenly coat the uncovered portion of the votive with spray paint. Allow to dry and repeat with other batches and colors
3. At this point your paint is likely looking pretty thin. Once the first coat dries, you’ll want to apply a second. To disguise paint seams I opted to apply my second coat in a horizontal pattern.
4. One more coat! This should be vertical, top to bottom. The last coat should always be vertical. It cleans up rough spots like the corners and is a last pass to cover any paint gaps.
5. Allow your paint to dry. For extra protection you can apply a waterproof sealant to the painted area like outdoor Mod Podge or acrylic spray sealant. the MS brand of acrylic paint boasts being dishwasher friendly so this is a totally optional step! Now it’s Time to plant!
6. Place a half inch layer (at least) of the drainage stones at the bottom of the votive. Since there is no hole in the planter for water run off this will keep the succulent roots from sitting in excess water (at least it will help).
7. Now the charcoal – place a thin layer of charcoal above the drainage stone, the charcoal is meant to lightly filter the water and reduce the possibility of bacteria growth.
8. Pop your succulent out of it’s little plastic planter and gently squeeze and shake the dirt from the roots.
9. Pop your succulent into your planter. With the excess dirt removed from the roots it should fit comfortably in the votive. If your succulents roots are popping over the top, reduce the amount of drainage stones in the bottom.
10. Fill any gaps around the succulent with cactus/citrus soil, wipe any stray dirt from the outside of your container and your done! Give your succulents about a tablespoon of water every ten days and place them in whatever sunshine you can find.
Guys I LOVE these. I actually decided to keep this little set myself. They look so bright and fun on my desk! I’m definitely looking at using these in my wedding, I’d love to hear how you’d use them!