Wednesday, January 22, 2014

DIY Valentine Planters with a Free Printable!

DIY Valentine Succulent Planters
Valentine's Day is just a few short weeks away. Skip the drugstore candy aisle and whip up some of these sweet little succulent planters for your favorite people!

Here's what you'll need:
DIY Valentine Succulent Planters with free printable!
  • Mini metal buckets in pink and white. I found mine at Michael's. Similar
  • White fish tank gravel. I still had some leftover from my dish garden
  • Pink spray paint. I used Krylon Fairytale Pink
  • Wood kitchen skewers
  • Assorted cacti and succulents
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Punch a few holes in the bottom of your buckets with a nail and hammer. Well-draining soil is very important to these plants. This will help keep your them happy and healthy!
(Do you like my tiny hammer?)
DIY Valentine Succulent Planters with free printable!

Plant your cacti and succulents in the buckets. I'm going to demonstrate how to re-pot a spiny cactus since those are a little harder to do without harming the plant or yourself. Add a layer of succulent soil to the bottom of your container at about the height of where your rootball will sit.

DIY Valentine Succulent Planters with free printable!

Roll up a few layers of butcher paper or newspaper. Flatten it. Fold it in half to create a loop. Position the cactus inside the loop and hold it tight on the end.

DIY Valentine Succulent Planters with free printable!

Lay the plant on its side and remove the pot. Grabbing the roots with one hand and the paper loop with the other, position the cactus in the pot. Still holding the cactus upright with the paper, fill around the roots with soil. Done! No need to look for the tweezers!

DIY Valentine Succulent Planters with free printable!

Spread out a thin layer of gravel in a cardboard box or on a paper plate and spray paint it. Mix the gravel up between coats to get more coverage. When it's fully dry, layer it over the exposed soil in the buckets. Resist the urge to water! Let them get used to their new digs for a week or two before watering.

DIY Valentine Succulent Planters with free printable!

Low Maintenance Love, You're Succulent, and Don't be Prickly, Valentine. I love me a plant pun and I hope you like these graphics!

Valentine Succulent Planter Printable
Print the download on white cardstock (the thicker, the better) and cut out with scissors or a craft knife. Add a dab of rubber cement to the top of the skewer and attach to the back of the tag. To make it more secure, glue a scrap of paper over the back.

DIY Valentine Succulent Planters with free printable!

Add them to your freshly-potted succulents and give to your valentines (if you can bear to part with them)!

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Project and photography by Casey Starks | Vitamini Handmade
The download is not for commercial use or distribution and is © Vitamini Handmade.

9 comments:

  1. These are beyond adorable Casey! Love the pink and white buckets :)

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! I had too much fun with these.

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  2. Wonderful gifts. I love your designs and fabulous photos.

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  4. hi, the link to your printable is not working. can you repost?

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    1. Could you let me know what happens when you click the link? The link has worked for others so I'm not sure how to fix the issue. Thanks!

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  5. I can not get to the tutorial about the cups with painting on them, is there something I'm doing wrong?

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    1. Hi Mimi! I'm not sure which tutorial you're referring to. Was it the gold leaf bowls? Let me know and I'll see what I can do to help! :)

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    2. Each time I try to open up the sharpir writing mugs it comes up to diy valentine planters .... have you moved the sharpie mugs somewhere else?

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