Succulents are the perfect, low-maintenance plants for those of us with a not so green thumb. They’re also very cute! Placing a couple varieties of these pint-sized beauties on your desk at work, in the kitchen windowsill or on a bedside table helps to bring just a tad bit of nature inside. So, when we were preparing our Cinco de Mayo post and stumbled across an adorable succulent planter from Jen Lauren Grant on Instagram (@jenlaurengrant), we wanted to make one of our own. (See Our Inspiration Here Below)
For supplies, we actually started with a trip to our local Target. There, we found a number of items perfect for crafts. Did you know Target now sells Hand Made Modern products? Their unfinished wooden and ceramic crafts are perfect for DIYers! We chose to grab one of their 7-sided, wooden planters.
Next stop, the hardware store. This is what we grabbed to customize our planter:
- A box of Devcon 5 Minute Epoxy (to make the inside of the planter waterproof)
- Several inexpensive paint brushes
- Disposable plastic cups
- A box of latex gloves
- Minwax Penetrating Wood Stain (various shades)
- 1 Can of Premium Decor Ultra High Lustre Spray Lacquer (Clear gloss)
- Scraps of plywood
Our first step was to seal the inside of the planter with the epoxy to, again, make it waterproof. We mixed the epoxy in a plastic cup, stirring it with a plastic spoon. Working fast, we poured the mixture into the planter and used one of the smaller paint brushes to coat all of the interior evenly. Be sure to move swiftly, this solution begins to harden quickly. This specific brand, Devcon Home, claims to cure in 5 minutes. While we would consider it very fast drying, it did not cure in that short time. It was still very tacky when we would touch it gently.
The distribution of the epoxy solution does not have to be perfect. In fact, it’s okay to use a little too much. Once finished with this step, you’ll want to go ahead and discard that paint brush. We let the solution cure for 2 hours. Here’s a pic of the inside of the planter.
Next, we thought about what color finish we wanted for the outside of the planter. We picked up 4 finishes for consideration.
But, to get a better sense of how the stain would appear on our planter, we tested a couple of coats of minwax on that spare piece of wood we picked up from the hardware store. This is a good tip to keep in mind for future projects involving wood staining. Check out our results below.
We opted for a more neutral hue and chose Colonial Maple finish.
After applying 2 coats of wood stain with a fresh paint brush (waiting 30 minutes between coats) we let the planter dry overnight. The next day, we found that, both, the epoxy and the stain settled very nicely. We then spayed about 3 coats of clear, high gloss lacquer on the planter and let that dry for an hour.
We finished up by transferring the potted succulent into our planter. We did add a li’l more potting soil to the planter given its depth. We topped off our project by placing a few hot pink aquarium rocks around the base of the plant and inside the rim of the flower pot.
What do you think? Share your thoughts, suggestions or DIY stories with us in the comment section below.This post was not sponsored by any of the brands mentioned. All product reviews and opinions are that of Pink Verbena, LLC.