Sunday, August 21, 2011

From Candle Holder to Garden Chic

Jen from Sunshine Greetings is back!  I hope you enjoy her project.







Background: 

I found this great candle stick sculpture in a Goodwill Store for $10 but I didn’t want to use it as a candle holder so decided to use it as a succulent garden display.  I could have used this for an indoor herb garden display, too, but I live in the desert and herbs are too difficult for me to grow.  Besides, the frequent watering would have caused the metal holder to rust quickly.

Materials:

            Candle Holder Sculpture

            Tin Can(s) (Bush’s Baked Beans was the perfect size for my plants)

            Large nail or Phillips Screw Driver

            Hammer

            Goo-B-Gone

            Gravel

            Moisture Control Potting Soil

            Spray Paint (Color Used:  Copper Metal Hammer)

            Succulent Plant(s)





Directions: 

1.  Wipe down the candle holder to remove dirt and/or any rust or wax buildup.




  
       2.  Remove labels from tin can(s).



3.  Use Goo-B-Gone to easily remove any stuck on label glue.
  
4.  Hammer a hole into the middle of the bottom of the tin can(s) using a large nail or Phillips head screwdriver. (This hole will provide drainage and will fit over the candle holder spike to keep the plant(s) in place so the wind will not blow them off the stand.)


  
      5.  Spray paint tin can(s) and candle stick light coats of paint until fully covered and let dry overnight.

  
6.   Place a half inch of gravel at the bottom of the tin can(s).  (The gravel provides water drainage and adds weight to the plant holder.)


 

7.  Plant succulent plant(s) in tin cans.  (I bought 3-inch plants to fit the size of my tin can.  Or you can also cut starters off of your larger succulent plants like Jade and plant them instead like I did for my top shelf plant.)

8.  Water plants thoroughly.
  
9.  Place potted succulent(s) onto the spike to hold it in place on the stand.



      10.  Enjoy!

Note:  Succulents require little care.  They like to grow in morning sun and afternoon shade and need to be watered only as needed when dry.  When succulent(s) become too large for the pot, they can be trimmed or divided to start new plants. 
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