My first challenge was to learn how to care for succulents. Yes, I know...not a big deal for some of you but I am a heavy-handed waterer! lol I found this nice selection of twenty small succulents on Joss & Main. (They are not paying me to say that...I just like them.) Then I waited a few weeks until I was sure that I hadn't killed them. I have to say that after losing three, I discovered a secret that I will share...water with a spray bottle! Yep...it really works! No more dead succulents!
Once I was comfortable with caring for the succulents, I started creating my centerpiece. Joanna's version featured terra cotta pots but I wanted to use my favorite galvanized container for a farmhouse touch. However, you could always substitute terra cotta if you prefer.
Here's what you will need:
- Selection of small succulents
- Galvanized container that is approximately 12 inches wide
- Clean tin can with the label removed that is as tall as your container and will fit the width of a pillar candle
- Pillar candle
- Cactus or succulent potting soil
- Small bag of pebbles
- Place the tin can in the center of the larger container and fill it half-way with pebbles.
- Fill the outer ring of the container with potting soil about 3/4 of the way up. Remove the succulents from their pots and arrange them in the larger container. Carefully add enough soil to cover them to the top of their soil line.
- Add the pebbles in a pattern that pleases you.
- Place the pillar candle inside the tin can, adding more pebbles if you need to so that the candle rises to the height that you desire.
I am loving the look of the succulents and can't wait to see them grow!
And...taaaa daaaa!...here it is! It is happily residing on my patio for the time being, under the shade of my patio umbrella. I love lighting the candle and enjoying the evenings in the cooler night air. When cold weather (finally) gets here, it will come inside.
If the container looks familiar, it spent most of the summer as my MINI HERB GARDEN WITH CHALKBOARD PLANT MARKERS. I enjoyed harvesting the fresh herbs, especially mint for my iced tea, but it had seen better days and it was time to repurpose it.
And you can see where I found it plus more fun galvanized goodies in this post... FINDING FRENCH FARMHOUSE STYLE…AT A FARM SUPPLY STORE. Yep...you read that right! I love adding little farmhouse touches around the house and I especially love being able to do that without spending a lot of money! :-) And as Martha says, that’s a good thing!
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