Tuesday, November 29, 2016

DIY It - Gold Splatter Succulent Planters 2 Ways

What would gift week be without a few DIY gift ideas? For the next three days I will be bringing you easy and inexpensive gift ideas that you can make for your friends and family. Because a thoughtful handmade gift is really is the best present!

Today I am sharing two ways to DIY mini gold splatter succulent planters. And I will go ahead and warn you right now, that I am crushing hard on splatter painted things right now, so don't be surprised when you see a few more splatter painted DIY's pop up later this week!

Gold Splatter Succulent Planters - DIY Gift ideas - gift idea homemade - Target

Gold Splatter Succulent Planters - DIY Gift ideas - gift idea homemade - Target
Gold Splatter Succulent Planters - DIY Gift ideas - gift idea homemade - Target

Gold Splatter Succulent Planters - DIY Gift ideas - gift idea homemade - Target
Gold Splatter Succulent Planters - DIY Gift ideas - gift idea homemade - Target


Both methods will give you very similar results, but the method you choose will really depend on how much time (or coffee drinking) you want to invest in this DIY. The tall cylindrical planters are made from colored plaster molded using a shot glass mold (this idea came from Brittni of Paper and Stitch, although my method uses a different coloring technique) and the shorter planters are made by reusing the plastic lids from my Starbucks iced skinny vanilla latte containers from the grocery store. Seriously, we go through one of these every 2 days or so, so I had a lot of lids to repurpose!

Let's started with the plastic lid planters.

The Supplies:
  • Plastic lids from gallon or half gallon beverage bottles (think iced tea, juice, or iced coffee). I like the Starbucks lids because they are perfectly cylindrical, and I'm totally into drinking tons of coffee to get my craft supplies!
  • Spray paint in various colors
  • DecoColor Gold Paint Pen(this is the key to the perfect splatter! I have tried several different brand pens, and this is the only one I found that worked for the splatter)
  • Cork Contact Paper
  • Palm and citrus planting soil
  • Succulents

Gold Splatter Succulent Planters - DIY Gift ideas - gift idea homemade - Target

Once you have had your 5 cups of coffee to empty the bottle (ha!), the process is pretty simple. Just spray the lids inside and out with your spray paint. Once dry, lay the lid on it's side on a surface you don't mind getting covered with flecks of gold (outside is probably best). Then press the paint pen tip into the pen on a piece of scrap paper to release the gold paint down into the tip, and then with a sharp flinging motion, fling the paint out of the pen on to the lid. Once the one side is dry, flip the lid to the other side and repeat. Feel free to press the tip of the paint pen onto a scrap piece of paper to release more paint any time the paint stops coming out of the pen.

Gold Splatter Succulent Planters - DIY Gift ideas - gift idea homemade - Target

Next, cut a circle out of the cork contact paper to adhere to the bottom of the lid to disguise the fact that this planter started out as a drink lid! Then all you need to to is fill the planter with dirt and your succulent or mini cactus.

Gold Splatter Succulent Planters - DIY Gift ideas - gift idea homemade - Target

Gold Splatter Succulent Planters - DIY Gift ideas - gift idea homemade - Target


Gold Splatter Succulent Planters - DIY Gift ideas - gift idea homemade - Target

If drinking cups upon cups of coffee isn't your thing, then maybe the plaster planters are for you!

The Supplies:


Brittni recommended in her tutorial to use powdered tempera paint to color the plaster, and while that works, I wasn't able to get the colors that I wanted since the powdered paint only comes in generic colors. So instead I found a way to use acrylic paint to dye the planters instead. To do this you will want to mix the paint into the water to get watered down colorful water. I found one squirt of paint per 8 ounces of water created the perfect pastel colors in my plaster. 

 Once you have your colorful water mixed up, just follow the directions on your plaster container adding the plaster and water in the ratio required. Then spoon into your mold and tap on the counter or table to remove any air bubbles trapped in the plaster. Let sit for at least an hour or two until the plaster is hardened, then remove from the mold. Let the planters sit out for a day or two to fully cure, then splatter them in the same method as described above.


DIY Gold Splattered Pastel Colored Mini Plaster Planters - DIY gift ideas - Christmas gift idea - homemade - plaster succulent planters - Target

DIY Gold Splattered Pastel Colored Mini Plaster Planters - DIY gift ideas - Christmas gift idea - homemade - plaster succulent planters - Target


The last step is to fill the planter with dirt and mini succulents and cacti. 

DIY Gold Splattered Pastel Colored Mini Plaster Planters - DIY gift ideas - Christmas gift idea - homemade - plaster succulent planters - Target

DIY Gold Splattered Pastel Colored Mini Plaster Planters - DIY gift ideas - Christmas gift idea - homemade - plaster succulent planters - Target
DIY Gold Splattered Pastel Colored Mini Plaster Planters - DIY gift ideas - Christmas gift idea - homemade - plaster succulent planters - Target

Now that you have seen both methods, I think you will agree that both make the prettiest planters ever! Any friend would love to get one of these as a gift, don't you think? And how amazing is that gold splatter?! It's definitely my new favorite crafting technique.

DIY Gold Splattered Pastel Colored Mini Plaster Planters - DIY gift ideas - Christmas gift idea - homemade - plaster succulent planters





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