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Faux Succulent Planter – Easy DIY Decor

So you love the look of houseplants, but your green thumb is actually closer to shades of black? Or you don’t have the right sunlight in your house to keep them healthy?  Then you might need to introduce a Faux Succulent Planter into your decor to enjoy having greenery in your house.

This faux succulent planter is so beautiful in galvanized pots.

I’ve always loved having houseplants; over the years some flourished, and others not so much.  Some plants I finally gave up on because I can’t keep them alive.  I blame the house, the light, darkness, the humidity, it’s too dry here.  It’s always something 😉

There are plants that I’m really good with but I really prefer the ones that need less attention from the start, like succulents.  I love them so much last summer I shared How to Plant a Succulent Garden.  This is a similarly easy project you can use any container you like.  You can even make one for a friend who might love houseplants but who also might make them suffer a slow death.

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Planning a Faux Succulent Planter – Supplies

To make a similar faux succulent planter you’ll need the following:

Like I said I love houseplants; my mom had our house filled with them for as long as I can remember.  She still pretty much lives in a houseplant jungle.  Even with all that experience as a kid transplanting and watering you’d think I was a pro.  Somewhere along the way my brain shut off and I forget to water them.  Because I love succulents, and these needed no love, I knew immediately that’s what I wanted for my project.

So I ordered all beautiful faux succulents and some desert foam for arranging.  I must say these faux succulents look and feel very realistic.  They’re heavy, very good quality, and they require no dirt.  Dirt that dries out and becomes a home for a bug colony, seriously it happened!  You won’t believe it….

Originally I had in mind to put the succulents into a wine barrel ring shaped into a heart that I got at a flea market last year.  I prepped that several days ago but as I was preparing to assemble the faux succulent planter I wasn’t thrilled.  I still might do it but with real succulents outside in the garden.  After that idea went south I tried to make a terrarium in a beautiful lidded glass container, but the moss made it look like an Easter basket.  Strike two.

Time was running out because if you haven’t figured it out by now I’m a bit of a procrastinator.  This post had a due date and here I was 2 days before the due date with a few non-starter projects, a counter top strewn with faux succulents and spanish moss dust, and no plan.

This faux succulent planter is so beautiful in galvanized pots.

Panicking just a bit, like when I discovered the bug colony, I scanning my living room for a container and quickly spied the galvanized planter set on the Livingroom Shelves that had two random fakes dropped in.  Perfection, I was back in business.

Assembling the Faux Succulent Planter

Now that I had a plan I cut down some pieces of the dessert foam with a serrated knife and stuffed them into the pots so they fit snugly.  Everything looks better in odd numbers so I started playing around with height and color using 3 different succulents in each of the 3 galvanized pots until I had them just how I wanted.

This faux succulent planter is so beautiful in galvanized pots.

Most of the faux succulent stems cut easily with scissors.  A few of the taller ones required some wire cutters to get through the wire in the stem.  I worked to balance the colors and height nicely until it was pleasing to my eye.  After I got it right I pushed the stems into the desert foam.  No glue was needed but depending on your design you might need a glue gun to secure them.

This faux succulent planter is so beautiful in galvanized pots.

I was getting close but it needed some finishing touches.

Into the pots I stuffed some wadded up packing material to fill the void and then topped it all off with Spanish Moss. But wait, there’s more.  I poured some pebbles into the galvanized tray to give the appearance that the pots were sitting on the bed of pebbles.

This faux succulent planter is so beautiful in galvanized pots.

Ahh, I think you’ll agree that it turned out just lovely.  And guess what?  They’ll never wilt, wither, or die 😉 Oh, and they’ll never become home to a colony of ants in the entry way by the old tired windows.  You see, I had forgotten to water a plant for so long that an ant colony marched themselves single file through a crack in the old window frame, up the side of the pot, and took up residence in a heart hoya plant.  Do you really want to know what happens when you water an ant colony?

I’ll just pause here a minute and let you picture what that might look like.  You know that eye-popping emoji?  That was me as I swooped up the pot and carried it out to the lawn.  Then I hopped around wiping ants off my arm and hands for what seemed like hours (ok minutes).

And now you can view this beauty in all their faux goodness knowing that will never happen to you, probably 🙂

This faux succulent planter is so beautiful in galvanized pots.

My faux succulent planter is beautiful; these are some of the best fakes I’ve ever seen.

This faux succulent planter is so beautiful in galvanized pots.

I’m trying to be artsy with the black backdrop.  I learned this trick from my friend Sarah at 1915 House when she made her yummy Krinkle cookies at Christmas.  My pics turned out pretty awesome considering I’m far from a pro with a camera.  I bet the pros don’t stand behind their camera with a dark bedsheet to block the light from the window 🙂  Or maybe they hire people like me to do that for them?

This faux succulent planter is so beautiful in galvanized pots.

Here’s my new faux succulent planter in its new home.  I love the galvanized pots and the height and color of the succulents were just what the shelf was missing.  And not an ant in sight.

This faux succulent planter is so beautiful in galvanized pots.

This faux succulent planter is so beautiful galvanized pots.

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This faux succulent planter is so beautiful in galvanized pots.

 

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Designing Vibes

Saturday 11th of February 2017

I love these!!! They are perfect for someone like myself who was born with a black thumb.

Toni Harvey

Monday 13th of February 2017

Thank you, they are a great solution for the houseplant challenged :)

Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods

Saturday 11th of February 2017

These are so pretty! I love how you designed each pot with the succulents. What's even better is that they won't die! ;)

{BIG hugs} ~ Ashley

Toni Harvey

Monday 13th of February 2017

Haha Ashley that's so true, they will always look healthy and pretty.

Susie

Friday 10th of February 2017

Beautiful job, Toni. You could sell a boatload of those!

Toni Harvey

Monday 13th of February 2017

Thanks Susie, that's a great idea!!

Pam

Thursday 9th of February 2017

Love this! And you're right.... your photos with the black background are awesome!

Toni Harvey

Friday 17th of February 2017

Thanks Pam, that black background really makes them pop. If I was bold enough I'd try a black wall somewhere in my house, but I'm chicken :)

Suzy Godfrey

Thursday 9th of February 2017

Very pretty and I love the way you've arranged them!

Toni Harvey

Monday 13th of February 2017

Thank you, I am so happy with the balance of the arrangement!