There are certain things that make me SUPER happy when I walk into a room: the aroma of a scented candle, a tasseled throw blanket, some sort of television watching device (I’m not picky), and a beautiful flower arrangement or planter. Oh, and maybe a glass of wine. Or some peanut M&Ms. With a side of creme brulee. Dontcha LOVE those rooms?
Well, here’s the thing. My kids would try to lick the candle, the tassels get pulled off the blanket when it becomes part of the fort, and our television is typically broadcasting something akin to Curious George or Paw Patrol. (Wine and M&Ms *may* be present and accounted for.) So… the only thing left is the PLANTER! You know the ones I’m talking about. Overflowing with color and succulents and little details… like a portable fairy garden. So chic and fancy, right? Have you ever checked out the price tag on one of those bad boys? Gulp. Well… Happy New Year to YOU because I’m going to show you how to make your own decadent planter for… UNDER $20.
Here’s what you need (affiliate links included for your convenience):
Succulents. I grabbed these two at Home Depot. They typically have a good selection for $4 each.
Mini Orchid. I bought this lovely one at Whole Foods for $7, but I bet other markets like Trader Joe’s would have them too!
Shallow Container. This one was $3 from Homegoods.
Potting Soil meant for succulents.
A couple notes about succulents: they require LITTLE maintenance which is why I LOVE them. Also, they have shallow root systems so you don’t need much of a container.
OK. Let’s put this lovely together, shall we? Start by flipping over your first succulent. It will be super crumble and might completely fall apart on you. DON’T WORRY! For my bowl, I had to knock off the bottom half of dirt so the succulent would fit in the planter correctly.
Repeat with the second plant.
The orchid’s going to be sneaky. Orchids and succulents don’t technically go together. One’s dessert, the other’s rainforest. These guys are the yin and yang of planting. BUT… don’t be skeered, I have a trick. Keep the orchid in the plastic cup. This way you can effectively neglect the succulents but ALSO tend to the orchid.
Now it’s time to fill in around your plants and make the whole thing look pretty. I back filled around the succulents and the orchid with my potting soil and then added this moss. I love using this clump moss to fill in around my plants. You just need to mist it every day to keep it looking lush.
And that’s IT! Ready to display! If you want to get *really* fancy, then head over to learn my tips for planting your very own terrarium!
Have a great day!
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