Hello, pinners and crafters and DIYers,
Welcome to the June Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by Erlene at My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and our readers, too) to not just pin, but to try our hand at some of those projects we pin! This month’s post is entitled DIM, Did It Myself: Pinspired Succulent Garden Centerpiece. You might remember that: 1) I live in El Paso, 2) I don’t have a green thumb, 3) and I decorate with cactuses (cacti sounds so silly to me) for summer.
When I packed up my spring decor and dining table centerpiece, I realized I didn’t have a summer centerpiece to replace it with. Thought I could just set some artificial mini-succulents on the table and be done. But when I remembered I needed a project for June’s Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, decided to take things a little farther.
Hopped on Pinterest and found so many succulent projects! These cutie little plants are extremely popular right now. Knew I couldn’t spend a lot of money, and no one even sees much less sits at our table, except the kitties when we aren’t looking! Loved this pin I found shared by Laura at Inspiration for Moms. Fulfilled all my prerequisites for this project: easy, inexpensive, and pretty.
I give you…
DIM, Did It Myself: Pinspired Succulent Garden Centerpiece
Laura’s list of supplies was: tray or planter box; dry floral foam blocks; artificial succulent stems; moss. I began my project with 5 baby artificial succulents in little pots. In addition, I used the following to create my succulent garden centerpiece:
- 5 artificial succulents in little pots (Walmart and Target, $2.00-$3.00 each)
- wide burlap ribbon (Hobby Lobby, $3.50 a roll)
- natural Spanish moss (Hobby Lobby, $3.50 a bag with coupon)
- 2 8″ glass jar candles (Dollar Tree, $1 each)
- 24″ metal tray with wooden handles (Hobby Lobby, less than $10 with coupon)
- glue gun
The first thing I did was to measure off a length of burlap ribbon long enough to weave around the open work of the bottom on the tray. I like the fact that the tray, or actually it is more like a basket, is open but I wanted to use Spanish moss and didn’t want it coming out. The burlap ribbon kind of held in the moss.
Arranged the potted succulents into the tray. I was kind of happy with the way it looked, just like that. But my pinspiration succulent garden centerpiece was more interesting looking because of the height added by the pillar candles Laura used. Headed off to Dollar Tree for candles.
Was amazed to see I could buy artificial, battery-operated candles for a dollar! Almost went that route but found these taller, more slender real candles in glass, and thought those would be prettier.
The candle glass had labels on it so I had to soak and scrub them off.
I assembled everything in the tray. Have read that an odd number of items is more interesting than an even numbers of things. Keeping that in mind, I used 5 succulents and 2 candles for a total of 7 items. Threaded the natural Spanish moss around the succulents and the candles.
My friend Carrie at Curly, Crafty Mom makes the best bows for her projects. She has some kind of bow-making device to help. I was surely wishing I had a bow-maker when I tried to make my little burlap ribbon bow for this tray. Remembered how some of the ladies made loopy bows for their Kentucky derbies at mom’s. Tried to copy what I had seen them do. The result is ehh… so-so.
Now To Have Some Company
So now that I have my succulent garden centerpiece, I need to have some company for dinner to show it off. The kitties don’t get too impressed by my DIM endeavors. PC often just sees more clutter and dollar sign$, I think. What do you think?
Kind of romantic looking at dusk, don’t you think. Maybe I should just fix some fancy (Weight Watcher-friendly) dinner for my Prince and the 2 of us can eat in the dining room alone.
I think I like the arrangement sitting on my burlap runner.
Do you have a summer centerpiece on your dining table? Would love to know how you decorate for the summer months. Had thought I would share pics in this post of my cactus decorations but think I will save that for another post real soon. Oh, and my tier tray…finally finished it today. Have you decorated yours?
Hope you will take a few minutes to visit some of the other gals’ blogs who are linking up for the Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop.
Let’s meet this month’s Pinterest Challenge hosts!
My Pinterventures • Cookies Coffee and Crafts
Sew Crafty Crochet • Sum of their Stories • Eye Love Knots
This Autoimmune Life • Love My Little Cottage
Across the Boulevard • Suzerspace • My Sweet Things
Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After
Purple Hues and Me • Decorate and More with Tip
Mom Home Guide • Our Unschooling Journey • Our Good Life
Intelligent Domestications • Craftify My Love
Life Beyond the Kitchen • K’s Olympic Nest • Teadoddles
Our Crafty Mom • My Family Thyme
Farm Girl Reformed
To join next month’s #pinterestchallenge, click here to sign-up ⇒ July Pinterest Challenge
Now, let’s see what the other hosts have created ⇓⇓
Thank you for coming by. If you have a Pinterest project to share, please tell me about it in a comment below. Go out and make it a great day, gals!
Hugs and kisses,