Autumn is nearly here! And, with gatherings and guests around the corner, you may be looking for an easy diy table arrangement. While I love real succulents (and believe me we have plenty on the back patio) making a faux table container is simple and easy to switch out for your upcoming holiday get-togethers.
Supplies: container, syrofoam insert, batting, 15+ faux succulents, pebbles and moss. No glue required!
Start with selecting a neutral container that will work with your seasonal changes. I love Magnolia Market’s cement bowls. I received them as a gift last year and they look lovely on our dining table.
Pick up a variety of succulents at your local craft store. I found a good variety of sprigs at Michaels and purchased about 15 for each container, along with a piece of styrofoam, batting and pebbles. I also included a little moss I had from another project.
The best part is you can do this arrangement without any gluing, so everything can be easily removed from the container for a new arrangement.
First, place your styrofoam in the base of the container. You may need to cut to fit. Then fill in any gaps or edges with batting to create a flat base for your faux succulents. Now have fun arranging! Starting in the middle, begin gently pushing the succulents into the styrofoam. Vary colors and styles to creating layers and interest throughout the arrangement. Fill in any gaps with pebbles and moss.
And in no time you will have a lovely succulent container for your dining table!
This past June my husband and I celebrated our first year of marriage – and what a wonderful journey it has been so far! As we continued to grow in our faithfulness this past year, I found myself praying the verse below quite often and wanted to find a charming way to share it with family and friends this Christmas.
With God All Things Are Possible. – Matthew 19:26
I picked out a few different sizes of unfinished clay pots at a wonderful shop nearby called Enchanted – even the name is charming! You may have some old pots just hiding in your backyard waiting to be filled. I painted them with outdoor patio paint in cloud white. You can add water to the paint for more of a white-washed look, and sponge grays to the base of the pot for more of an aged look. Let them dry 24-hours. I was going for a vintage feel so I used sandpaper to roughen the edges and create a few worn spots.
I printed a few special bible versus for the print. Or, you can find plenty of graphics online to download – be sure to mirror the image before printing and just use plain white paper.
I cut out the graphic, took my mod podge and swiped on the printed graphic. Then I centered on the pot and rubbed it smooth. Then it’s another 24-hours of waiting – no peeking! The next morning, I dampened the paper with a wet paper towel and then ever-so-gently began rolling the paper off with my finger.
After letting them dry, I sprayed them with a few coats of matte clear acrylic sealer.
Then they were ready to plant. I found a great selection of succulents at Enchanted, along with cactus potting soil. Added a little water and sat them in the window sill for some sun.
My pots of heaven will be going to some very special family and friends!
There’s also a great tutorial on transferring images using wax paper at Unexpected Elegance. Can’t wait to give this a try next!