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August 3, 2011

Succulent Holder

Today I'm going to show you how to make a succulent holder out of something you might not expect!

The Succulent Holder came to be when I found this absolutely lovely drawer pull at my local Habitat for Humanity Restore. This little pull was the only one of its kind, and I just knew I could find something to do with it! So it came right home with me.

The main items you will need for this project are a drawer pull, a piece of plywood cut to the size of your choice (my holes to attach the drawer pull are also already drilled into the wood), and a small succulent plant.

1. Place the drawer pull on the wood and use a pencil to trace around the edges.

2. Use a Dremel tool to carve out an indention directly behind where the pull will go. Be sure you don't cut too deep into the wood! You do not want to expose the other side.

3. If you lay the drawer pull back on the wood you will notice you now have a larger space to place your succulent later.

Though I primed my wood in thoughts of painting it, I ultimately decided to add fabric to it instead.
If you choose to paint your wood you need only read steps 17-21 and 24-30.

I found some beautiful brown shimmery fabric in my stash that really showed off the silver scrollwork on the drawer pull. I cut my fabric ~2 inches larger than the size of my wood.

4. To attach the fabric to the wood, apply a light layer of Mod Podge to the top of the wood.
If you apply the Mod Podge too thick it will bleed through the fabric and potentially discolor your material.

5. Drape your material on the piece of wood trying not to pull the edges so the material does not look stretched. Lay a piece of wax paper on the material and smooth the material with a roller, scraping tool, or your hands to make sure the material is smooth and flat.

6. Apply another light layer of Mod Podge on the long sides of the wood, pull the fabric over it, and lay the wax paper on top to smooth it down.

7. Add more Mod Podge to the back to glue down the rest of the material. Be sure you don't cover up your screw holes (see the arrows). 

8. For the short sides of the wood, fold the fabric back out of the way and apply a light layer of Mod Podge.

9. To make a clean folded corner, pull the material from the side over the top of the side of wood. Hold it down with your right index finger. Fold the material from the front of the wood so that there is a straight edge parallel to the edge of the wood. 

10. Hold the folded material with your right index finger and pull the fabric to the back of the wood.

11. Now you have a nice clean fold and flat surface!

12. Unfold the material (there should be a nice crease so you can easily fold it back down again) and apply a small amount of Mod Podge to keep the fold down.

13. Trim off some of the excess fabric and glue it to the back of the wood with more Mod Podge.

14. The hole in the front of the wood was covered with the fabric, but can easily be located by the puckering of the fabric.

15. Using a rotary cutter or knife, slice into the fabric to expose the hole.

16. Trim around the edge of the hole with a pair of scissors leaving a quarter of an inch of material that you can glue down.

17. Its time to attached the drawer pull! You will need two long screws and two washers.

18. First, put your washer over the hole then screw the screw through the hole and into the drawer pull on the other side.

19. Turning the wood back to the front, you can see we now have a nice little place for our succulent plant to go!

20. I decided to try a new tutorial I saw from Make Projects via Tip Junkie for using a pop tab as a hanger. All you need is the pop tab and a nail.

21. I hammered my nail in at an angle since it was actually longer than my wood was deep. Still worked like a charm!!

Things are starting to look good! But I think its needs a little something else...

22. I took some large brown (shimmery!) ric rac and cut 3 pieces to go around the top of my piece of wood. I used Beacon's Fabri-Tac to glue the ric rac to the back of the wood.

23. Much better! I love how this looks!

24. We want to be sure we our plant will be is going to be watertight. Take a plastic sandwich bag (I used a snack-size bag) and cut it in half along the seam and cut off the zipper part.

25. Put a small amount of adhesive inside the hole.

26. Insert the plastic you cut into the hole and allow the glue to dry.

27. Very carefully, take your succulent out of the pot and remove the excess dirt.

28. Place the succulent into the hole in the wood and add some of the dirt around the plant. Be sure to keep the dirt inside the plastic.

29. Trim off any excess exposed plastic.

30. Water your plant with an eye dropper. I used an old empty saline dropper that I had stashed away. If you use the saline dropper, you have more control of where the water goes in the drawer pull and are less likely of oversaturating the dirt and wetting the fabric (this would be a good excuse to paint the wood instead of using fabric if you don't have a good way to water the succulent slowly!).


The great thing about succulents is they don't like a lot of water so you won't have to water them very often!

Place your succulent in a place where it will get plenty of light. You can stand it up and lean it against a wall or window...

Or hang your new succulent holder on the wall using the fabulous pop tab!



29 comments :

  1. Wow, that is really cool. I'm sure many will try to copy it. Thanks for all the steps.

    Jessica

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  2. I love this idea Michele!! I've told a bunch of people about it since your guest post and now I'm on the hunt for a nifty drawer pull. Thanks for the inspiration!! :)

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  3. This is a really clever idea! You did a great job- especially with the fabric and mod podge- I always have the hardest time getting all of the bumps out. I like it a lot :)

    Bekah

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  4. This is really cute & creative. I would never come up with an idea like this. I especially like the idea of using a soda can tab as a hook. Clever.

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  5. Seriously Michele... this is just plain genius! I love the ricrac. It is just plain succulent!!

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  6. WOW - brilliant. This is just a clever idea and I think I need one or ten of these!

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  7. Ouuu! I use succulents in little pots for decor, but would have never thought of anything THIS cool. Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration! :o) P.S. Love the Pinterest Party. Thanks for that too.

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  8. What an awesome idea! Love how cute it looks :)

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  9. Very clever, Michele! I love succulents and air plants, this would be a great idea for an air plant, too! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. That looks fantastic! Love it! Thanks for the tutorial. :)

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  11. Very cute! I love succulents and this is such a cute way to display them.

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  12. Such a wonderful project Michele. I love everything about it. Thanks for linking up to this week's BFF !

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  13. This planter turned out beautiful! I live in TX and have been looking for a way to incorporate vertical planting with succulents into my garden and patio and this is perfect! I would love for you to link your post up at my Savvy HomeMade blog party on Monday at HomeSavvyAtoZ.com.

    I am a new follower!

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  14. It is so fantastic work as well as best to keep at home entrance. Your tutorial is very helpful for me. I really impressed with your unique work.
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  15. There are so many cool things about this! I have never heard of the pop tab idea and think that is genius. I also love that you routed (is that a verb?) out the wood to make space and the pull you used is so awesome! First time here and I'm going to look around a little!

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  16. Love this, I have a small obsession with succulents and I love a good DIY project :)

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  17. How awesome is this?! I LOVE it and you're tutorial is great!

    I found you via TT&J and am the post two after yours from purplestpecalin.blogspot.com

    Take care!

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  18. I really LOVE this! Such a great idea to use a drawer pull! Thanks so much. I tweeted this!

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  19. Wowwww what a great idea, I am going to share your this link to my Face Book page...
    It is so nice and creative idea and looks so beautiful too...
    Now I am back from my vacations and in blogging world too…
    A little post to share some of my moments of vacation... hope you like to visit and enjoy it...
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    Love
    Farah

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  20. Very nice idea, I will surely try it.
    subohi khan

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  21. Superb idea. The drawer puller is so beautiful. You have managed to put it to perfect use.

    I am hosting my first link-up party - Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. Would be glad to see some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see you at the party.

    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2011/08/celebrating-one-party-time.html

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  22. What a beautiful planter. I love this idea. If you get a chance I would love you to link your holder up to More the Merrier Monday. It lasts through Wednesday so you have plenty of time to stop by. See you there. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

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  23. I am following you on pinterest- hope I get around to copying this! I'd love it of you'd share this with WorkShop Wednesday. It woud make a great addition to the party!

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  24. This is so fun and fresh! I love succulents and am always looking for new ideas! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful post!

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  25. This is so cool! Stopping by to invite you to link up to Thrifty Thursdays. Blessings!

    Johnnie

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  26. Thanks for linking. The party for this week - Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner - is on. Hope to see you there with latest posts.
    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2011/08/tea-time-thursdays-2-and-features.html

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  27. This is really pretty. I wish I had a green thumb.

    I have a fun any linky goes party that I would love for you to join too! This week linkers could even win a pair of silver earrings just by linking. Hope you will come.

    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/08/party-mindie-style-any-linky-goes-10.html

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