When times are tough and budget is tight, I work my budget out to allow myself $25 each month to spend on something creative. This month I’m featuring a DIY faux succulent garden that I was able to make for just under $25 by using materials I had on hand and artificial plants.
When the lid to an old storage jar busted, making it unusable in the pantry, I set it aside for future projects. I have always wanted a succulent garden, but unfortunately, I just found out that I’m terribly allergic to mold. That means that houseplants, amongst other things, are not on the friendly list.
Faux Succulent Garden Materials
Here’s what I started with. Affiliate links are provided for your convenience at no cost to you. You can read my full disclosure here.
Hobby Lobby had a great deal on their greenery and I snatched up various types of fake succulents at 50% off. I was able to purchase 9 plants for $21.50 plus tax – much cheaper than real plants that run about $5 each.
I had a huge box of leftover homeschool supplies that we never used, but held onto just in case. We were given duplicates by mistake, so I had quite the excess of gravel, rocks, soil and sand.
First, I started layering the old storage jar with the large gravel.
Next I layered the course sand,
and finally the soil.
I think you could use anything you have one hand to create a similar affect with minimal expense. Think outside the box – old aquarium rocks, pebbles, or stones from your yard.
Finally, I topped everything with some pebbles from an older project and started placing the succulents.
I love how they look! Since succulents naturally have a rubbery look, the faux plants are an excellent copycat.
I placed the jar on one of my favorite pieces in my house – a chest from my great, great granny, and alongside a photo of that great great granny — bonnet hat and all.
My faux succulent garden is sitting nicely next to my DIY Painted window sign.
Don’t let bumps in the road, like tight finances or allergies, stop you from creating something you’ve always wanted. Find another way to create that something for yourself – you’ll be so glad you did!