Friday, May 26, 2017

4 Ways to Decorate with Faux Succulents

Succulents have been super popular the last few years and seem to be staying on trend.  There are two problems with real succulents, though: they are pricey, and they can be high maintenance.  In some climates, succulents are low maintenance and require little to no attention.  But there are some succulents that seem to die no matter what.  Too much water, not enough water, too much sun, not enough sun, too much humidity, on and on.  Divas.

That's where fake succulents come in!  Here are some ways to use faux succulents to decorate your space-- indoors or outdoors!

You can find faux succulents at a variety or craft stores.  I got the ones you see above at Michael's.  They come in different sizes and varieties.  It was hard for me not to buy every single one they offered.

Over the last couple months, they have put them on sale a few times, plus there are always coupons on the Michael's app!  If you order online, be sure to use ebates to get 2% cash back.

Let's start with the easy DIY pictured above.  You can grab any container.  A teacup, bowl, jar, whatever.  This white bowl once had a candle in it.  When the candle was used up, I cleaned out the bowl.

First, I stuffed a paper towel into the bowl and then covered the top with succulents.  This, of course, should be used for indoors only since there is a paper towel in the bottom, and I didn't glue anything down.  I used this in my dining room, and the succulents stay put.  Since I didn't glue them down, I can always move them to another container if I want to change up the decor.

My mom made the succulent jars you see above.  She used craft paint (like Apple Barrel brand) to paint the jars.  Using sandpaper, she sanded down a few areas of the paint to give it a rustic look.

She stuffed each jar with 3 to 4 plastic grocery sacks.  Then she cut circles from cardboard to set on top (pictured below).  The hole was to brace the main succulent.  After setting the succulents in place, she sprinkled small rocks in the spaces.  You could use hot glue to keep everything in place.

Want to really wow your guests with an impressive centerpiece?  Grab a piece of driftwood or dried out branch.  Glue moss and large succulents to the center of the wood or into any holes/openings.

This project combines real and fake.  If you have some real succulents planted but want to add some bulk and variety, add some faux succulents to the planter.  Can you even tell which is real and which is fake?  Neither will your guests!

Now go grab some fake succulents, and get ready to go crazy!  These plants will be the easiest to care for that you've ever had!

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