Are you one of those people that hate to spend money on “frivolous,” impractical things like home decor but want to have a nicely decorated living space? I sometimes wish I wasn’t so programmed to rationalize why not to buy things–especially things whose chief function is to look nice. But there are ways to decorate your home on a budget. One of the most fun ways, for me at least, is to make the decor yourself. These cheerful decoupage succulent plants, barely cost anything! Decoupage is one of the easiest crafts there is.
Materials for the decoupage succulent planters:
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Three tin cans
Mod Podge (I love this stuff)
Rocks from the yard
How I did it:
Even though it was a project my kids helped me with, I didn’t want it to look like a “kindergarten project” since I planned to gift some and display a few. I fiddled around and finally came up with a “trick” to make it look more professional.
The first can I painted yellow but hated how it looked so I use the mod podge to decoupage pretty scrapbook paper onto it.
It still looked a little “kid-made” because I could see the ridges of the can beneath the paper.
I solved this problem by decoupaging another layer of the exact same print of scrapbook paper over the top of the first layer. The first layer smoothed over the tin can ridges.
After letting it dry for an hour or so, I put a coat of modge podge over the paper and allowed it to dry. I used glossy for this project but since the polycrylic is glossy, I could have used matte if I wanted.
I then put a coat of minwax polycrylic over it and allowed it to dry overnight. The finish protects the project and adds another dimension of gloss.
I knew I would be watering the succulents and didn’t want the paper to get water-stained and discolored, I brushed on a second coat of polycrylic and allowed it to dry.
I put a layer of rocks at the bottom of the cans and put some moss on top of the rocks before planting the succulents to allow excess water to have somewhere to drain. I’m not sure if it will work but I will let you know!
I wanted to add a little variety so I embellished one can with a strip of burlap hot glued around it. This is totally optional. The scrapbook paper by itself works fine.
They came out so pretty. The polycrylic really makes them look like store bought accessories rather than tin can succulent planters!