So you love the look of houseplants, but your green thumb is actually closer to shades of black? Determined to get it right you keep buying beautiful plants that eventually turn yellow from over-watering. Or they get crunchy from complete neglect. More money down the drain – again! If this sounds familiar I think this Faux Succulent Planter project is your answer. No water, no attention, only an occasional dusting (and you don’t even have to do that if you don’t want, pinky swear I won’t tell).
I’ve always loved having houseplants houseplants; over the years flourished, and others not so much. Some plants I have finally given up on because I can’t keep them alive. I blame the house, the light, darkness, the humidity, it’s too dry here. It’s always something 😉 There are plants that I’m really good with, until I’m not. But I really prefer the ones that need less attention from the start, like succulents. I love them so much last summer I shared How to Plant a Succulent Garden. This is a similarly easy project you can use any container you like. You can even make one for a friend who might love houseplants but who also might make them suffer a slow death.
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Planning a Faux Succulent Planter – Supplies
To make a similar faux succulent planter you’ll need the following:
- 9 stems of Faux Succulents in various sizes and colors
- Desert Foam
- Galvanized pots or a container
- Wire Cutters
- Spanish Moss
- Serrated knife
Like I said I love houseplants; my mom had our house filled with them for as long as I can remember. She still pretty much lives in a houseplant jungle. Even with all that experience as a kid transplanting and watering you’d think I was a pro. Somewhere along the way my brain shut off and I forget to water them. Because I love succulents, and these needed no love, I knew immediately that’s what I wanted for my project.
So I ordered all beautiful faux succulents and some desert foam for arranging. I must say these faux succulents look and feel very realistic. They’re heavy, very good quality, and they require no dirt. Dirt that dries out and becomes a home for a bug colony, seriously it happened! You won’t believe it….
Originally I had in mind to put the succulents into a wine barrel ring shaped into a heart that I got at a flea market last year. I prepped that several days ago but as I was preparing to assemble the faux succulent planter I wasn’t thrilled. I still might do it but with real succulents outside in the garden. After that idea went south I tried to make a terrarium in a beautiful lidded glass container, but the moss made it look like an Easter basket. Strike two.
Time was running out because if you haven’t figured it out by now I’m a bit of a procrastinator. This post had a due date and here I was 2 days before the due date with a few non-starter projects, a counter top strewn with faux succulents and spanish moss dust, and no plan.
Panicking just a bit, like when I discovered the bug colony, I scanning my living room for a container and quickly spied the galvanized planter set on the Livingroom Shelves that had two random fakes dropped in. Perfection, I was back in business.
Assembling the Faux Succulent Planter
Now that I had a plan I cut down some pieces of the dessert foam with a serrated knife and stuffed them into the pots so they fit snugly. Everything looks better in odd numbers so I started playing around with height and color using 3 different succulents in each of the 3 galvanized pots until I had them just how I wanted.
Most of the faux succulent stems cut easily with scissors. A few of the taller ones required some wire cutters to get through the wire in the stem. I worked to balance the colors and height nicely until it was pleasing to my eye. After I got it right I pushed the stems into the desert foam. No glue was needed but depending on your design you might need a glue gun to secure them.
I was getting close but it needed some finishing touches.
Into the pots I stuffed some wadded up packing material to fill the void and then topped it all off with Spanish Moss. But wait, there’s more. I poured some pebbles into the galvanized tray to give the appearance that the pots were sitting on the bed of pebbles.
Ahh, I think you’ll agree that it turned out just lovely. And guess what? They’ll never wilt, wither, or die 😉 Oh, and they’ll never become home to a colony of ants in the entry way by the old tired windows. You see, I had forgotten to water a plant for so long that an ant colony marched themselves single file through a crack in the old window frame, up the side of the pot, and took up residence in a heart hoya plant. Do you really want to know what happens when you water an ant colony?
I’ll just pause here a minute and let you picture what that might look like. You know that eye-popping emoji? That was me as I swooped up the pot and carried it out to the lawn. Then I hopped around wiping ants off my arm and hands for what seemed like hours (ok minutes).
And now you can view this beauty in all their faux goodness knowing that will never happen to you, probably 🙂
My faux succulent planter is beautiful; these are some of the best fakes I’ve ever seen.
I’m trying to be artsy with the black backdrop. I learned this trick from my friend Sarah at 1915 House when she made her yummy Krinkle cookies at Christmas. My pics turned out pretty awesome considering I’m far from a pro with a camera. I bet the pros don’t stand behind their camera with a dark bedsheet to block the light from the window 🙂 Or maybe they hire people like me to do that for them?
Here’s my new faux succulent planter in its new home. I love the galvanized pots and the height and color of the succulents were just what the shelf was missing. And not an ant in sight.
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