Monday, May 14, 2012
Today, I wanted to share a project that I have been working on. My friend Karen from high school (talk about a long time friend) recently became a master gardener. Congratulations Karen! She posted a picture on Facebook from a website called Two Women and a Hoe.com. It was a picture of a wreath made from flower pots and some of them were planted with succulents. Be still my heart, I fell instantly in love. But, sadly it was only a picture and there was no tutorial on how to make such a divine creation. So, I had to put my thinking cap on and study the picture and figure out a way to make one of these awesome wreaths for myself. Upon close examination, I could see that the flower pots had been attached with some green wire, like the kind you use to tie up tomatoes and plants. I knew that glue would never hold them, so that was my first major discovery. The second issue was they had used what appeared to be a lot of lovely old flower pots that had been painted through the years and I had none of those since we just moved last year. Most of my pots went by the by as they say, so I had to make up my own "aged" flower pots. That, I could figure out. So, it was time to make a trip to the Dollar Tree, my home away from home.
Dollar Tree has packages of 2.5 inch clay flower pots that come three in a package, like pots you would use to start seeds in. And, they had some 3.5 inch pots that are plastic which I knew I could make work. I also purchased an 18 inch rattan wreath for $1.00. Now, all I needed was wire and moss, so I made a trip to JoAnn's. I got a package of moss for a few dollars and a roll of paper covered wire for a few dollars more. I have tons of acrylic craft paints in my stash, so I was good to go.
First, I spray painted the wreath a bronze color because it was a very light blond color and I wanted it to be darker. I used some left over spray paint I had from another project. After the paint dried, I set up a work station on our patio table so I could work in the glorious sunshine. Sunshine inspires me. I started by applying hot glue to the wreath and pressing moss on the hot glue. BE CAREFUL when doing this so you don't get burned.
Continue placing pots all around the wreath making sure several are facing "UP" so you can plant your succulents in them.
When all the pots are in place, you can plant your chosen succulents. Mix some sand with an equal amount of potting soil and place it in a pot. Add your succulent plant and fill in with the potting soil mixture. Succulents don't require much water so don't water when potting. This is how the finished wreath looks up close.
This project takes a little time if you have to paint pots, but if you have a lot of old pots on hand it won't take that long to make. Just be sure and use small pots so the wreath doesn't get too heavy. Use your imagination, get creative and have a blast making a wreath for yourself. Now, I am going to make one for each of our daughter's here in town. They both have covered porches that will be just perfect for this wreath! Guess I better get busy.
A special thank you to Karen for posting that inspiration picture! You might want to check out Two Women and a Hoe.com. It's a great gardening inspiration site.
Things to Remember:
A variety of plants makes for lots of interest. Don't be afraid to experiment.