These faux concrete succulent planters really look like they are made from concrete! But they are so much simpler AND less messy to create.
This post is sponsored by FloraCraft®. As always, all opinions and ideas are my own.
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?
Faux succulents 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.
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!
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!
Use the handy Foam Cutter with the large blade to cut off the bottom of each ball just enough to make it sit flat.
Then, core out a 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.
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.
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.”
Apply multiple coats if necessary.
Once the paint is dry, wrap washi tape around the painted edge.
Alternatively you can apply gold leaf foil.
Place the stem into the hole you carved in the top of the ball.
Fill the rest of the hole with the crushed shells.
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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