This was largely inspired by EssieButton's Spring DIY post (of which I want to paint some wooden hangers next!) and a conveniently timed trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden where I always pick up some plants. I have been saving this candle holder for quite awhile now (you may remember it from this empties post...) I just thought it would be the perfect size for succulents, so I saved it away until spring time. I also thought it would be easy to poke holes into the bottom for drainage.
- Mix your soil & perlite together in your container. Succulents need little water so good drainage is key. You can add drainage holes to your container if it doesn't have any, or start with a layer of gravel at the bottom.
- Next, add water to moisten your soil. I am very classy and have been using a fork to mix everything.
- Carefully remove your plants from their previous containers...
- ...and arrange them in the soil.
- Add a top layer of bright aquarium stones and maybe a shell or crystal to dress it up.
- And voila!
Simple DIY to start, but let's just hope I don't kill my new friends! Lately my apartment has been getting quite sunny, so I'm crossing my fingers they will be happy. I love the colour and texture this little garden adds to my home.
Do you have a green thumb?