Fresh, modern concrete home décor is all the rage, but I’d never mess around with the real thing and mix up my own concrete. I wish I was that adventurous, but I’m not. However, you might remember how I fell in love with the faux concrete finish from Plaid, and it’s opened up a world of concrete design ideas (a pun!). Like this DIY, Faux Concrete & Succulent Wreath. It looks so real, yet it’s super lightweight, easy to make and even easier to hang – no reinforcement needed. The succulents are faux, so it’s easy care, too. (This Faux Concrete & Succulent Wreath was also featured in the summer issue—and last issue, sniff, of Craft Ideas magazine.)
To make a Faux Concrete & Succulent Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 2” wreath; scrap piece
- Plaid Folk Art Painted Finishes in concrete
- Painter’s tape
- Acrylic craft paint in bright pink (or other accent color)
- Faux air plants, 2
- Faux succulents, 5 – 6
- Chenille stem
- Mod Podge
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Stiff paintbrush; knippers
To make a Faux Concrete & Succulent Wreath:
1. Apply a generous coat of Mod Podge to wreath and let dry.
2. Mask off with painter’s tape a portion of the wreath that will be painted bright pink.
3. Following directions on packaging, paint wreath with Painted Finishes base coat. While still wet, dab on top coat and blend into base coat. Let dry.
4. Remove painter’s tape, and paint unmasked area bright pink.
5. Arrange air plants and succulents on wreath. When pleased with arrangement, place glue on stems, and insert them into wreath. If needed, trim stems to fit. (Hint: Arrange the succulents and air plants in a scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam first. This way you can easily see how they will look and rearrange them without marring the finish on the wreath.)
6. Twist together ends of a 4” length of chenille stem, forming a loop. Insert and glue the loop into the back of the wreath to use as a hanger.
If you like the look of concrete but you’re like me, and afraid to try the real thing, you have to check out this paint finish. You’ll love it! These Faux Concrete Eggs are the first project I made with the faux finish.
I painted an extra egg and made this Faux Concrete Succulent Planter.
I’ve not partnered with Plaid for this post. I just love that this product is so quick and easy to use, and a great shortcut to achieving a concrete-like finish, without a lot of time and mess.
Have you tackled mixing up a batch of real concrete and making something with it? Or are you like me, and you’d rather brush on a concrete finish paint?