DIY Potted Plant

I saw a pot painted like this while perusing Pinterest one day, and I absolutely loved the idea of painting plain clay pots white! I think painting a few with a couple different designs would make such an adorable touch to any room. I love that you can also make it as messy or as neat as you would like, and it just spices up the plainness of the clay!

This particular one that I decided to make was a gift for the twin's Godmother, our friend Heather. I knew I wanted to give her a gift that would represent the twins, something handmade that she could have and enjoy for a long time. This seemed like the perfect idea to me! I chose two funky cacti to represent the twins, and then the fluffy succulent behind them to represent Heather looking over them. You can use any plants that make you smile! And can I just say how much I love giving homemade gifts?! And really, who doesn't love a good succulent?! Giving a gift like this just never gets old to me. 

Here is what you'll need! 

To begin, choose what colour/design you'd like to paint. I just decided to paint the bottom half of the pot white, and have it look a little bit messy and rustic. 

After letting the paint dry for about an hour, I decided to write a little quote on the front of the pot using a fine tip Sharpie. I did write their names underneath the "Love" but those will be shared when the girls are born! 

Fill your pot about halfway with potting mix of your choice, and then set your chosen plants on top! Once you have the placement of your plants where you'd like, fill in the rest of the pot and pack it tight with soil. 

And there you have an adorable little personalized gift, or just a perfect pot for any corner of your home! 

This was the first DIY that I've had the energy to do pretty much since I got pregnant, and it was so nice to just sit and create something. I absolutely love doing little projects like these, I'd love to know if you give it a try! 

Take good care, lovelies!

DIY Terrarium: a memorial for Grandma.

On Sundays, Kyle and I like to spend some time outside, take a break from the daily grind, and let the doggies frolic. We made a trip to Kyle's Grandmother's old home in the country on this particular Sunday. Grandma passed away in January of this year fairly suddenly, and we have been mourning the loss of her, especially as the wedding draws near.  Thankfully, we still have her property available to us, and we can go there and reminisce about when she was still on Earth with us. As a memorial to have at the family table at our wedding, we wanted to transplant some succulents from her garden (she was always telling me to take buckets and buckets of them, since they always took over her garden). I got a terrarium from one of my bridal showers, and so we picked a bundle of succulents, and a special rock that Kyle found for her, and planted them in the terrarium! So here is how I made this DIY terrarium memorial for Grandma.

This is what I used to plant my succulent, but you could use whatever container or pot that you have. I have planted many in dollar store pots, they actually have really cute ones there!

Behind the scenes of my wood back drop ;)

This potting soil is from dollarama for just a few dollars! I didn't end up needing much, the soil from the plastic pot almost filled the whole terrarium.

You can find succulents almost anywhere now a days, we got ours from Grandma's garden but Ikea, Home Depot, Walmart, any garden center will have an assortment of different succulents!

Squeeze the sides of the plastic container to loosen the plant, then pull from the top gently on a slant to pull the plant out of the container.

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Empty the soil from the container and pat it into the terrarium/pot.

Add a little bit of soil if needed.

Keep a guard cat on hand just in case.

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We added just one sentimental rock, but feel free to add a few, but make sure leave room for the succulent to spread! As you can see, ours has a few babies sprouting already!

Station your new plant where the cat can guard it best.

Enjoy!

Take good care, friends!

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