Too much greenery is never an issue at our place. I would gladly live in a 1,000 sf jungle if I could. But the planters? Those I could do without. They’re always too expensive or not quite what I had envisioned or I just outgrow them when I decide to redecorate the next month. What can I say, I’m picky. And flaky.
So much like everything else in my life, I decided to make some of my own so at least they’d live up to the vision in my head, even if I do end up replacing them in the not too distant future.
These little faux stoneware planters are so easy it’s almost laughable. I started with a couple little glass bowls I found at the Dollar Store and then dolled them up with a bit of stoneware spray paint and gold leaf I had leftover from past projects.
And the succulents? Those are faux succas I found at Hobby Lobby for about $4 a pop (meaning one less plant to kill. Huzzah!).
Just follow along below for the instructions.
Glass or ceramic cups or bowls
Stoneware spray paint
Gold leaf kit (with adhesive size and sealer)
- Tape off the bottom half of your container.
- Spray the top half of your container with the stone spray paint and let dry. Continue adding coats until you get full coverage, letting dry in between coats.
- Remove the tape from the bottom half of your planter and paint a thin layer of adhesive size. Let dry for about a minute.
- Start layering your gold leaf being sure to cover any bare spots. Let dry for an hour or two just to be sure you won't accidentally remove any gold leaf, then take a clean, dry paint brush and brush away any rogue flakes.
- Paint on a thin layer of sealer and let dry.
- Fill your planters with dirt. Get a feel for how long your succulents stems need to be and trim if they're too long. Place succulents in pots.