Nobody needs more work, especially moms, right? This easy Mother’s Day craft is made with faux succulents, so nobody has to keep one more thing alive. The faux concrete planter is super easy for you to DIY, too. When I painted my Faux Concrete Eggs, I painted an extra egg for this Faux Concrete Succulent Planter. If there are others in your life who can use an easy-care “thank you” gift, you might want to paint a few extra eggs, too.
To make a Faux Concrete Succulent Planter, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- 5” egg
- Block, cube or other scrap piece
- Faux succulents, 3 – 5 stems (the number will depend on the size)
- Folk Art Faux Concrete Finish
- Acrylic craft paint in pink, or other color of your choice
- Mod Podge
- Low-temp glue gun or thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; painter’s tape; wood skewer; stiff bristle paintbrush; wire knippers
To make a Faux Concrete Succulent Planter:
1. Wax the serrated knife blade with a bar of soap or an old candle. Cut a small slice from the wide end of the eggs, so that it will stand.
2. Insert a skewer in the flat end of the egg and use it as a handle.
3. Brush on a coat of Mod Podge and let dry. Insert the wood skewer into a foam cube or block to hold the egg upright while it dries.
4. Tape off a portion of the egg for color blocking. Be sure the edges of the painter’s tape are secure and sealed.
5. Following the instructions on the package, brush on the base coat of the concrete finish. Before it dries, dab on and blend the darker top coat. Let dry.
6. Remove the painter’s tape, and brush on acrylic craft paint in the unmasked areas.
7. Trim succulent stems to about 1-1/2”. Insert and arrange in the top of the egg. When you’re pleased with the arrangement, remove each stem, squeeze glue in each hole, and then place the stem back in the hole.
If you need more crafty ideas for Mom, then take a peek at this round up of 35+ DIY ideas for Mother’s Day.
Teacher Appreciation Week is next week, and a lot of these ideas would also make a wonderful “thank you” gift for a favorite teacher. Whatever your plans for next week, be sure to say “thank you” to the hard-working teachers in your life!
Here’s a little preview . . . Wait till you see the cute craft idea that the littles can make for Mom. See you Friday!