Y’all. Succulents. They’re back. I know, they never went anywhere, but it’s been a while since they’ve dominated the blog. Also thought this would be a good time to replace the ones that didn’t make it through winter (RIP) and to bring just a teeny tiny bit more color into my life. The latter wasn’t a part of the original plan, but like what happens every time I visit a local nursery, I wanted to bring everything home, and this time I was most captivated by these blue and purple ones (let me know how gorgeous they are.)
So initially I thought I’d be adding color to the planters, but since the succulents already have that locked down, I kept the planters simple and uniform with a little somethin’ somethin’ to make them interesting. It’s pretty easy!
I believe these are meant to be candle holders, but they are just 3″ glass cubes that I wiped down with rubbing alcohol and spray painted white.
I applied three light coats of spray paint on all outside edges of each cube, waiting one minute between each coat, then finished off each surface with a few light coats of clear acrylic spray for protection. Since the surface is going to be handled in the next step, it’s best to wait 24 hours to let the paint fully dry before moving on (ugh, I know, so boring, but hang in there.)
Next, I applied copper foil in this radial design, starting first with the strip in the middle, then the strips on the outside, then the strips in between, smoothing my finger over every piece. After each application, I cut off any foil extending beyond the edges.
I switched the direction of the design on half the planters thinking it would be cute to pair them up like this. Wouldn’t this set make a pretty sweet gift?
Here’s a thought. Plants are a great way to bring in color without making drastic design commitments. Flowers are even less of a commitment. I’m thinking this is more of the way I’d want to do color as opposed to going super colorful with decor, especially if I’m experimenting. Whatever the case, Spring is hitting me early this year and has me thinking about color all of a sudden. Check out this post if you’re craving color, and to see what image from there inspired the design for these planters ;) .
Also, this is definitely not the first time copper foil has made an appearance on the blog. It’s one of my favorite discoveries ever, so if you want to see what else you can do with it, take a look at these candle holders, this wall art, or these pumpkins (I’m learning it’s never too soon to think ahead, but seriously, this is too soon, right? Craft stores bring out fall stuff before July 4th, guys. I unintentionally learned that last year and was freaked out.)