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Easy, Inexpensive Mini Succulent Garden

Are you wondering how to make a cute little succulent garden for less than ten bones?  If your answer is yes (and it should be), you’re in the right place, friend.  Don’t get too comfortable – this project was so easy, that I did it in less than ten minutes!  So let’s call this the 10 Minute 10 Dollar Succulent Spectacular, shall we?  I’m glad you agree…

Easy DIY Succulent Garden

Three of these succulents were freebies from work.  Because sometimes my employer hands out succulents, I guess.  I didn’t ask too many questions.

Easy DIY Succulent Garden

The fourth is one that I picked out at Home Depot.  Yes, I purchased the one that looks like brains.  It was $2.50 and I’m in love with it.  Don’t judge.  Here’s a fun macro iPic of him.

Easy DIY Succulent Planter

This glass dish was a Goodwill find.  It looks like it may have been an ashtray, or maybe a candy dish, in it’s previous life.  But it’s low center of gravity, diameter and $1.37 + tax price made it the perfect place for my cute little plants to live.

Easy DIY Succulent Garden

I put some glass beads ($1 at the dollar store) in the bottom to allow for drainage.  Succulents and cacti like drainage.  They hold a lot of water in their leaves and stems, so they don’t need their soil to be so moist.  And you don’t need to water them that often, either.  Which means they’re the perfect plant for me.  My thumb isn’t the greenest.

Easy DIY Succulent Garden

After the beads, I threw in a layer of soil for good measure.

Easy DIY Succulent Garden

Easy DIY Succulent Garden

Then I positioned the succulents in a way that I liked, and filled the gaps with cacti soil.  I used this and it cost me $4.54 + tax.

My workspace got a little messy, but that’s ok.  I was playing with dirt for pete’s sake!

Easy DIY Succulent Garden

Then they got a few splashes of water.  And that’s it, folks!  Lets recap, shall we?

  • Brainy Succulent – $2.50 + tax ($2.71)
  • Other Succulents – free
  • Glass Dish – $1.37 + tax ($1.48)
  • Glass Beads – $1.00 + tax ($1.09)
  • Cacti Soil – $4.54 + tax ($4.91)
  • Total – $10.19 !!!

Ok so it wasn’t exactly $10 but pretty dern close, huh?  Not a bad price for this little guy:

Easy DIY Succulent Planter

He lives at my desk at work.  I’m thinking that will be temporary, since I get zero sun in my cubicle.  Boo.  Then again, I could get a cute little task lamp with a UV plant light to fix that.  Who knows.  I just hope I don’t kill the poor thing.  For funsies, here’s a pic of him that I took with my iPhone fisheye lens attachment:

Easy DIY Succulent Planter

Anyone else doing any gardening at their desk?  Or maybe you’re brave enough to fare the crummy weather that most of the country is experiencing and you’re gardening outside?  Do tell…

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Herringbone Happiness

I wish I could decorate my house and play around on this blog full time, but like everyone else, I have bills to pay.  Luckily, I absolutely love my nine-to-fiver!  I don’t love, however, that I spend it in a cubicle that is beige, grey and greige.  But with a little effort and very little cash, I injected some happy into the space in which I spend most of my week!

I already had this sweet little console table in there, but it needed some love.

Console Table

On a post-work trip to IKEA one night, I picked up a few simple decorative items to style the table.  I bought the TOLSBY 2-sided frame ($0.99), four little MÅTTFULL candles ($0.79 ea), a FEJKA plant ($3.99), and a plant pot ($1.49 – can’t find the link).  That’s a grand total of $9.63 pre-tax, y’all.  Cute, right?

Things

For the TOLSBY, I used some of the leftover Allen + Roth basketweave paintable wallpaper from my media stand project as the matting.  I used colored pencils to do an ombre effect on the wallpaper and then just taped a couple of my favorite Instagrams of my pup to the ombre’d matting.

Frame

Now here’s where the herringbone comes in…  This pin is constantly showing up in my pinterest feed.  And it makes me swoon.  I had to make one.  I used the concept and put my own little spin on it.  With all of the beige, grey and greige in my cubicle, I needed brightness in there.  I taped off the edges of my canvas (bought at Hobby Lobby for about $8.50 with their weekly coupon) since I wanted them to stay white.  I picked some loud, funky colors and started laying them down randomly.

Herringbone Wall Art

Then, I let the whole thing dry overnight.

Wall Art

I probably didn’t have to do that before this next step but I wanted to be extra careful.  Also I wanted to watch the season finale of So You Think You Can Dance…  Don’t judge me.  So the next night I started the herringbone pattern.  To create the design, I cut up strips of frog tape.  Lots of strips of frog tape.  For like two hours.  It was the most tedious part of the project, but it was totally and completely worth it.

Frog Tape Herringbone Pattern

Frog Tape in Herringbone Pattern

I picked a few spots that I wanted to remain white and removed the tape.

Frog Tape Herringbone Pattern

Then I painted the whole thing with white acrylic paint.

Paint Over Frog Tape Herringbone Pattern

I didn’t wait to take the tape of before it dried.  I just used tweezers to carefully and quickly pull off each piece.

Frog Tape Wall Art Herringbone Pattern

I also painted the edges white to make it look more finished.  You can sort-of tell in the above photo, right?  Look at my pretty, pretty herringbone art.

Herringbone Art from Frog Tape

The wood frame of the canvas rests perfectly on two cubicle clips.  You wouldn’t believe how happy I get every time I walk into my cubicle now!

Herringbone Art in Cubicle

Anyone else doing anything to their workspace to jazz it up a bit?  Do tell…