urbansucculents

Urban Gardening With Succulents in Beautiful Vancouver, BC


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Painted Terracotta Planter

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Hello!

Tonight I avoided studying for finals for one last day by watching Parks and Recreation, hanging out with my cat and painting pots!  This project was really easy! You just need to be patient with letting the acrylic paint dry.  

1) Clean or buy a terra cotta pot (There are tons at thrift stores)

2) Use a sponge to apply acrylic paint of your choice. Paint in one direction to avoid crazy streaks (this will take numerous coats if you are painting your pot white and you don’t want streaks)

3) Use a fine liner to add design or a small paint brush (Don’t use Sharpie if you use a fine liner it will run!  Instead use a Staedtler permanent marker (I checked to make sure it doesn’t run with water)

4) Last use a finish to seal the paint and protect the inside.  I still have to do this last step but that is it!

This is a really fun DIY project and it gives old planters a second life.  I loved the quote “I’d rather have flowers in my hair than diamonds around my neck” and it is a sweet saying for a succulent planter. I am hoping to start selling some this summer in Vancouver 🙂 

Goodluck and happy painting!


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Teacup Succulents

Hello,

Hope the weather is beautiful where you are reading from because it just turned to the oh so common Vancouver downpour here.  On the plus side, I get to be bundled by the fire listening to the rain (I love the sound of rain) and the city of Vancouver will stay lush and green.

Today I thought I would share with you my cute little teacup succulents! I love these guys and they seem very happy up in the windowsill.  All it took to bring them to life was…

1)   Plants! I chose succulents because I am obsessed with them and they are extremely forgiving if you forget to water them.  Though you may want to experiment with a different house plant

2)   Teacups. The teacup I used once belonged to my grandma and the other small pot was picked up at a thrift store for 25 cents

3)   Drainage. The ideal set up for your plants is to drill a hole through the bottom of the teacup and have a saucer underneath but I put some gravel on the bottom and mixed my potting soil with sand and so far they have been happy

4)   Enjoy.  The fun part is putting them together and getting to see them on the daily.

 

I Hope I have inspired you to give it a try! Have a great day! Image