Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Succumbing to Succulents

I was in Restoration Hardware just last week when I spied these glorious succulent urns. I loved them, was ready to take one home...

The only problem is that they ranged from $180-$250. Holy plants batman, that's pricey!!

I figured why couldn't I make my own? Specially because succulents are the most realistic fake plants out there.

I tracked down some nearly identical succulents to the RH version and even counted out how many they had in their display to get the same effect. The faux plants ranged from $4-$5 each at Chintz & Co. and I picked up 9 to play around with. I also needed some dry floral foam and 2 different kinds of moss to get more of a natural, uneven look. The planter I had already, but I picked it up about 2 years ago for only $10 at HomeSense so the entire project came in under $50.

I packed in the foam first. Don't worry, if you want to try one as well it doesn't need to cover the entire area.

Next, Wren and I had a messy but fun time gluing in the moss. If you want to just use one variety that would look just as good, but I thought I would go for the more is more technique here.

I wanted it to look slightly like a mound of moss, not entirely flat.

After playing around for a few minutes I settled on a simple, not too full look.

Not bad for a fraction of the cost!!

And the best part is that I had more than enough to a second planter with another container I had laying around!

So 2 arrangements for $50... sure as heck beats the wallet emptying alternative at RH!
(specially because I empty my wallet there plenty enough as it is)


Alice said...

These are really amazing!I love them too!The second one is my favourite!

Jennifer said...

Looks better than Restoration! Good job...enjoy.

Between Blue and Yellow said...

Nice, glad you're back!

Mr. + Mrs. B said...

They look great! I actually have many of succulent arrangements myself. They started as one pot of succulents then they multiplied! So if you ever feel like giving the real plants a try they are really cheap at large hardware stores and require minimum effort.
Believe me I'm terrible with plants and even I can grow them :)

carli said...

Love this project! Very well done Holly :)

yours truly, melissa said...

Great job! You created something so comparable and at a fraction of the cost? Even better!

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

They turned out really nice! Great price too! I want to do one for the deck this summer.

Emily @ Go Haus Go said...

Oh, love it! I actually like your better. Plus, I meant to say this the other day, but I am so excited about your new house renovation adventure.

Lovely Little Nest said...

Yours looks great! And you definitely can't tell they are faux plants. :)

All Things Chic 2 said...

What a lovely job you did, I think your looks better!!!
Blessings Lori

Andrea Morris said...

Great job! They look wonderful1


Kris Vogelsang said...

Love these! Succulents are all the rage now. Actually going to pick some up today and make some arrangements in a galvanized plumbers caddy.
Kris of Cricket Acres Studio

Barbara said...

I did the same thing just yesterday only I used real succulents love them take a peek if you have a chance.
Love your new finds!


Miss Rubio said...

So I scrolled down to see pictures then I wondered "how the heck does she keep them fresh?" and had to go back and read and sure enough...they are fake!!! OMG they look so real, I love love love them. Great job. xoxo

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