Faux Concrete Succulent Planters

This post is sponsored by FloraCraft®. As always, all opinions and ideas are my own.

faux-concrete-succulent-plantersSucculents: the plants that can’t be killed. Right? Wrong! I can keep them alive just fine outdoors. But they die a slow death indoors at my house. But, that’s why they make faux succulents right? And they are SO realistic that most people can’t tell they aren’t real unless they touch them.

I love having faux succulents in my home. They are a great way to brighten up a space. And coming up with fun and unique planters for succulents is even more fun! Like these Faux Concrete Succulent Planters made out of… dun, dun, dunnn… foam balls!

styrofoamI was super excited when FloraCraft® asked me to participate in a Blogger Blitz using their FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Balls! A box full of foam balls and the only instructions are to make something fabulous? Can do!

I received a box full of foam balls in a crazy amount of sizes. I already have projects planned for the balls I haven’t yet used!

For this project you will need:
FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Balls
Foam Cutter
Foam sanding tool
Smooth Finish
Paint
Paintbrushes
Gold washi tape
Faux succulents
Crushed white seashells

carved-styrofoamI selected 3 different sizes of foam balls to work with. I used the handy Foam Cutter with the large blade to cut off the bottom of each ball just enough to make it sit flat. I then cored out hole in the top of each ball with the smaller blade (like you would cut the stem off of a tomato).

If you don’t cut quite straight (*cough, cough*) you can use a foam sanding tool to easily straighten things out.

*Note: The above steps are messy! I recommend spreading out a large sheet of wrapping paper (like what stores wrap your breakables in when they ring you up) on your work surface for these steps.

smooth-finishOnce you’re satisfied with your carving skills, coat the the foam balls with a thin coat of Smooth Finish. This first coat is to get into all of the pores of the foam. Once dry, apply a second, more liberal coat of the Smooth Finish. Since we’re going for a concrete look, the texture doesn’t need to be smooth. A rough coat will look more realistic.

faux-concrete-paintOnce the Smooth Finish is completely dry, cover with a coat of gray acrylic paint. I used Americana Slate Grey. Be sure to get in all of the nooks and crannies. You will need to go back a couple of times to be sure you didn’t miss any spots.

Once the Slate Grey is dry, go back and dab on very light amounts of a slightly darker gray all over the ball to contrast the lighter color and give dimension to the “concrete.”

gold-washi-tapeI gave the balls a “dipped” look by brushing on different colors of acrylic paint with a wide flat brush. Apply multiple coats if necessary.

Once the paint is dry, wrap washi tape around the painted edge. Alternately you can apply gold leaf foil.

seashell-filler
Trim the stem of the faux succulent to ~1″-2″, depending on the size of the ball it is going into. Place the stem into the hole you carved in the top of the ball. Fill the rest of the hole with the crushed seashells.

styrofoam-faux-concrete-succulent-planter dipped-faux-concrete-plantersYou can easily color coordinate the faux concrete planters with your existing home decor. And won’t people be surprised at how lightweight these are if they pick them up! I love the shock factor when they realize it’s not really concrete.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    What a great idea – I love love love how they turned out. Thanks for sharing with us a the Home Matters linky party. We hope you join us again!

  2. Nancy says

    I love this idea, SOOOO clever!! I’m going to do this, PLUS do another large ball, but instead of one large hole at the top for a “plant”, I’m going to make holes with large pencils all over so it can be a pencil/pen holder 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your craft, LOVE IT!!!

  3. says

    I am like you – my succulents die a slow painful death in my home but I think I could keep these for a while. I love your faux concrete containers – they are so cute and such an ingenious idea. Thank you so much for sharing it with Share It One More Time. Cathy

  4. says

    What a brilliant idea, I honestly thought it was concrete! Thank you for sharing and joining our Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday Link Party.. Have a great day, co-host Evija @Fromevijawithlove x

  5. says

    I definitely need to make this because I can’t keep plants alive no matter what I do! These are so cute and colorful…beautiful! Thanks so much for linking up with #ShareTheWealthSunday!

    xoxo
    Lisa

  6. says

    What an amazing look! Love the effect of Smooth Finish, I’ve never heard of it! Seriously I thought they both were real!
    A- Mazing! Thank you for sharing at #OhMYHeartsieGirl Wordless Wednesday! Looking forward to seeing you next week!
    Christine@CherishingaSweetLife

  7. says

    I couldn’t imagine these are foam balls! Amazing! Thanks for sharing it with us at bloggers brags pinterest party! Pinned!

  8. says

    I cant believe this isnt concrete by looking at the first photo! I have been wanting some concrete planters for a while now, but I was scared of using actual concrete and this is perfect!

  9. says

    Shut. Up. These are amazing!! I seriously had no idea they were made of foam. They turned out soooo cool and they are perfect for those little faux succulents. These would be such a great gift too!

  10. says

    Amazing! These look like real, concrete planters. Beautiful! Love the gold accent, too. I’ve killed succulents, too, so these are perfect. Thank you!

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