Interiors

Miniature Succulent Vases

Time for some new material! I am currently fully absorbed in my notes and my text, and the work is doing great although I fear I will be working more on pruning the argumentation in the end, which is really a sad thing for this topic is a hell of fruitful and I guess I could write a whole book about it. Are you familiar with this feeling at the beginning of writing a seminar paper, of the fear of never getting together enough pages? That you could actually explain the whole thing in just two sentences? I don’t know that feeling. I love writing, and this is my greatest advantage and disadvantage in this whole procedure. But other than that, I am getting along pretty great.

So this small project, which proved to be easier than I thought it would, started around three months ago, when my boyfriend and I visited London. And when you are on the Island, what do you just have to do? Right, eat a plate of fish ‘n’ chips. So we did just that in a place near Camden Lock, and they delivered our plates with these cute little jars containing ketchup and mayonnaise. And I just knew I had to have them and do something with them, I just had to. So after lunch I waited for the right moment, and after cautiously putting them in my bag I sneaked them out of the place. Yes I am not very proud of that, but better me putting them to a good use than them just throwing them away, right? Well I had these jars, and using them as containers seemed to boring to me, and making candleholders was something I did a few months ago. Then I had the idea of tiny succulents, and there we are:

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You need:

  • Small jars (containing ketchup or mayonnaise or whatever)
  • Small succulents
  • Copper paint (or any colour you want)
  • Soft paintbrush

Succulent-1Twist off the jar’s lid. Take you super cool copper paint (I could use this for anything!) and squeeze a whole lot into the jar, maybe mixing it with a little bit of water for a better texture. With a paintbrush paint the inside of the jar, making sure to reach every corner and getting a smooth surface without any visible brushstrokes. Repeat with the others and let them dry. Maybe paint for a second time for a better contrast.

Succulent-2Time to repot the succulents! Get some old newspaper as support, carefully take the succulent out of its plastic pot and remove enough of the soil so that it fits into the jar. The succulents have to be really tiny! Take into consideration the delicate roots and put the succulent into the jar, filling it up with the leftover soil from before. Water it, then repeat the process with the other ones.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd that is all that it takes! It was rather a difficult journey finding succulents as small as the ones I used here, but eventually I found some at the hardware store. Turns out now, a month later they have got them at IKEA, but it’s really always like that with those things. The minute you look for them they are nowhere to be found. Well, I’m rather proud of these little monkeys, and I could make a whole army out of them to decorate my apartment. I hope you are inspired!

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