Dollar Store Crafts - DIY Succulent Decor That Only Succs A Little
Today, I’m showing you how to use faux succulents from the dollar store to create 5 unique home decor displays that you can’t kill!
I was browsing the local dollar store last weekend and stumbled upon something surprising. A small display of faux succulents that actually didn't look too bad and were only $1 each!
My first thought was "If a trend is discovered at the Dollar Tree and no one's around to see you buy it, is it still a trend?" Then I cast aside the notion that I shouldn't invest money in fleeting trends because EVERYTHING IS A DOLLAR HERE and emptied the display into my cart.
Well, not really. Some of them looked pretty fake. I parked it in front of the display and sorted out the more realistic ones. Obviously, they're not going to be perfect but, considering they're likely comprised of 100% lead, I am pretty impressed.
While I was there, I also picked up a few floral foam cubes, a floral foam wreath form, a bag of white rocks, two plastic hanging bubbles, and a small plastic shallow dish. The whole way home, I was giddy with inspiration for making these succers look fancy.
First, I just threw them all into a wooden crate so I could take photos to alert everyone I know that THE DOLLA STORE HAS SUCCULENTS. Then I got down to business. Below, I've detailed five ways to use these dollar store succulents. The goal was to keep these projects as low-cost as possible. Let me know how you think I did in the comments below.
THROW THEM IN A BOWL. DRINK WINE.
(wine is optional but encouraged)
No artistic talents? No interest in honing your crafting skills? No worries. Just throw these bad boys in a bowl. Make sure the stems aren't showing. Now pour yourself a glass of wine and recline. You've got a cheap, cute, trendy plant arrangement to show off to your friends.
SPRUCE UP YOUR WINTER WREATH. DRINK WINE.
I keep a wreath on my front door year-round. It's a pretty realistic faux cedar wreath that's no longer sold anywhere online, as far as I can tell. But here's a pretty cool fern leaf wreath that's about the same size.
Wreaths make wonderful inviting statements for guests, but seasonal wreaths take up valuable storage space. My solution is to use the same basic wreath all year round and spruce it up every season with accent pieces. Here, I've found faux succulents from the dollar store and am using them to infuse Spring color into my front door.
1. Take down your wreath and pull out any winter greenery. Allow this greenery to soak in a 1/1 part solution of white vinegar and water. Once dry, place in a plastic zipped bag for out of season storage. When the weather begins to chill in the Fall, your greenery will be ready to be added. back to your wreath. No waste! Minimal storage!
2. Lay out all of your Dollar Store succulents and group by height and shape.
3. Starting with the longest pieces first, begin adding your succulents to the wreath by tucking the stems under the floral wire that holds your wreath together. You may need to press down slightly on the wreath, while pulling the wire forward. Do this gently so as to not break your vines and this wreath will last for years.
4. Count the number of succulents you have of each type and divide the wreath accordingly. For instance, if you have 4 long pieces, draw an imaginary line down the vertical and horizontal centers of the wreath, creating quarters. Each piece of like greenery should be tucked in to separate quarters. This will insure your wreath has a consistent and symmetrical appearance.
5. Once all of your long pieces have been added, fill in the empty spaces with wide and flat greenery. Use the same principals of consistency and symmetry to place the pieces about the wreath. Make sure you stagger the placement and feel free to group smaller pieces with larger ones, as this will give your wreath depth and dimension.
6. Once you feel your wreath has sufficient accents, step back five feet and take a look. Note any bald spots and add additional succulents where applicable.
CREATE A SUCCULENT WREATH USING ONLY DOLLAR STORE SUPPLIES AND WINE.
I figured I should at least show you one craft at was entirely comprised of supplies from the dollar store. Otherwise, can we really call this a Dollar Store Craft? Wouldn't we have to call it Is Anyone Else Drunk Off All This Wine Yet?
1. Gather up all of the succulents from your local dollar store. Sort by by height and shape.
2. Cut the stems of any grouped succulents by running your scissors along the plastic tubing to slice it. Once the metal wire is exposed, bend the stem back and forth until the wire snaps.
3. Purchase a foam wreath form at your local dollar store.
4. Count the number of succulents you have of each type and divide the wreath accordingly. For instance, if you have 4 long pieces, draw an imaginary line down the vertical and horizontal centers of the wreath, creating quarters. Each piece of like greenery should be tucked in to separate quarters. This will insure your wreath has a consistent and symmetrical appearance. Starting with the longest pieces first, begin adding your succulents to the wreath form by pressing the stems into the foam. Make sure you stagger the placement and feel free to group smaller pieces with larger ones, as this will give your wreath depth and dimension.
5. Once you feel your wreath has sufficient accents, step back five feet and take a look. Note any bald spots and add additional succulents where applicable.
6. Hang your wreath and admire your handy work every time you invite a guest inside.
STICK THAT WREATH YOU JUST MADE IN A HEXAGONAL BOX AND PUT IT ON A TABLE OR HANG IT ON A DOOR.
Also, eat a slice of bread for goodness sake. You're getting sloppy.
I found this simple hexagonal box shelf at Target for $6. If you've already made your succulent wreath from dollar store items, you can simply place it in the shelf and hang it.
If you haven't, please go back and read the tutorial on making a succulent wreath using Dollar Store items located here.
You may need to rearrange some of your succulent stems on the outside of the wreath in order to accommodate the size of the wooden box. Do this by removing the stems that obstruct the box and replace them to fill in gaps once the wreath has been tucked into the box.
The shadow box has pre-installed hooks for hanging on the backside, making this project super simple.
But you can always just place the box on any horizontal surface in need of a little Spring spruce-up. I like the way it looks grouped with my other house plants (all fake, byt he way, because I'm a plant murderer).
This mimics the look of this succulent shadow box I spotted at Target, but is $10 cheaper and looks far more modern.
CREATE HANGING SUCCULENT GLOBES THAT WILL MAKE YOUR HOUSE SMELL LESS LIKE ALL THAT WINE YOU JUST DRANK.
Using essential oils and the rocks I found at the dollar store, I added a nice fresh spring scent to my kitchen. No flame necessary.
3 - 5 Dollar Store succulents, varying sizes and colors
1 bag Dollar Store vase filler rocks
2 Dollar Store Hanging Floral Globes
Fishing Wire or String (for hanging)
1. Rinse the rocks under warm water for 5 minutes. Lay out to dry.
2. Once rocks are dry, place them in a glass or ceramic bowl, leaving room for stirring.
3. Sprinkle approximately 10 drops of essential oil of your choice (my favorite - affiliate link) over the rocks and stir well, using silicone spatula. Allow rocks to dry for half an hour.
4. Once rocks are dry, fill the floral globes about 1/3 of the way (approximately 1/2 cup).
5. Add succulents to your liking. Make sure you completely bury the stems in the rocks for a more realistic look.
6. Tie string around the plastic hook at top of globe, leaving 2 feet for adjustments.
7. Hang from curtain rod over window.
Comment below and tell me what you plan to do with your Dollar Store succulents. I'll feature my favorite answer on Instagram this coming Friday.
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