Neon Succulent Pots
This weekend I spent the weekend down in San Diego with my long time friend and family pal, V. We decided to do crafts, but we weren't sure what exactly. We just wanted to make things!! Does anyone ever feel that way? Haha. "Make all the things!"
I had to stop Home Depot for a quick errand and we happened to pass by their nursery. All of a sudden it hit me - succulents!
Ever since I moved to California, I've been wanting to buy a succulent plant. They're so cute and small, and apparently hard to kill. It's no secret that I have a black thumb. Taking care of plants was not a trait that I inherited from my mother. She has the best backyard.
The only thing that stopped me from buying succulents sooner in the 5 months I've been in California was the question: what do I put them in? I'm not one to just buy a pot. You know I'm all about DIYing the crap out of anything I can. So when we walked through Home Depot and saw all the amazing variety of succulents, I was all of a sudden motivated to get this project started. V and I picked out the prettiest ones, then when we went to Michael's, we grabbed terra cotta pots to paint.
A few of V's friends came over and it turned into a crafting party! Sorry for the rough iPhone photos - I would have busted out my normal camera and styling props if I had them with me.
Trying to figure out how exactly I wanted to paint my pot was tough - there are so many great ideas. How do you decide what to do? I've been digging the neon dip dye trend lately thanks to Pinterest and some trend searching for work. I decided to go with a basic pot that looks like it's dipped in neon. Everyone else loved playing with neon paints as well.
I painted the base white and to achieve the "dipped" look, I drew a rough line of neon pink paint with a foam brush, and then painted several layers (let it dry between coats!) until I got the perfect pink pop.
Like I mentioned earlier, I don't have a green thumb so I'll tell you how we potted each plant, but I can't say it's the right way. Because we didn't buy extra soil, we filled the bottom of the pots with marbles, then broke up the soil that came with each succulent. For a pop of color, I recalled seeing a fun idea from Pinterest - hot pink aquarium gravel! I'm not kidding. It added the pop that my pot was missing.
Here's a great tutorial on how to repot your succulents. Next time I'll mix in sand!
I love how my pot turned out. Isn't this gorgeous? I'm OBSESSED. I just want to make a million of these. I have tons of hot pink rocks now, so I actually may! I'm talking to a friend about hosting a larger craft night to make these. How fun would that be?