If truth be known… I do not have a green thumb. The fact that I forget to water plants might have something to do with it. So I don’t have any plants in the house. In the 80’s when dried flowers were the rage, I had a few arrangements but soon realized they were BIG dust collectors, so they ended up getting tossed out.
But NOW…. Succulent Gardens are all the rage . I have seen them in magazines, floral shops and home decor stores. I am going to have to look into the real ones, cuz I think they might be drought tolerant, but in the meantime, I wanted to make one… if only for the sake to say “I made one”. But I love it! I picked up a container at a local craft store and got to die cutting, sponging multiple colours on the leaves and curling the edges. Part of what I like about the Succulent Plants are the compact nature of them. I have this sitting on a table in my Living Room and must admit that it gives a touch of nature to the room. It isn’t overly large and fake looking (if you know what I mean).
I hit Dollar Tree to get the Floral Foam and Moss (they were a bargain at $1.25 each. I had rocks in a candle arrangement that was unused and put them in the planter. Didn’t this turn out gorgeous… even if I do say so myself.
Tips to create a realistic succulent garden
- Sponge multiple colours on the leaves. On the Old Olive leaves, I sponged Old Olive, then Crumb Cake. On the Mint Macron leaves I sponged Mint Macaron then Crumb Cake. On the Sweet Sugarplum leaves I sponged Sweet Sugarplum then Crumb Cake.
- Sponge each leaf tip with Rich Razzelberry to give them the added detail.
- Use your bone folder to curl the edges.
- Add height with other elements like the butterfly and dragonfly.
- I also added height but taking a piece of Old Olive card stock 2″ x 6″. I took the Fringe Scissors and cut along the 2″ side (ending just before the edge). Then I rolled the fringe around a piece of floral wire. I used some hot glue to adhere the rolled piece together then curled the pieces with my fingers. When I was happy with the shape I added them to the container for a bit of height and additional texture.
- I added some rocks to the container and placed the Succulents amongst the rocks.
- I added more moss to the arrangement after I placed the succulents, spilling some over the sides.
- Keep the container on the small size… the bigger you get the more fake it looks. My container is about 7″ x 3″.
Give it a shot… there are many types of containers you can use, mason jars, old tea cups, old bowls, clay pots…. the possibilities are endless.Thanks for stopping by,
Elizabeth, Your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator