Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Succulent Centerpiece

What do you get when you pair egg cups with succulents? A pretty summer arrangement for your table or windowsill! I have big plans for these guys at our goodbye party next weekend. 

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I have used these inexpensive egg cups ($1.50 a piece) as Easter placecards but I wanted to find a way to use them the rest of the year. I've had succulents on my mind lately and thought they would make for a pretty display in painted egg cups.

I chose a variety of bright paint colors and played around with adding different stripes.

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To paint the egg cups, I used my go-to Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Paints, a small paint brush, and some thin masking tape:

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I used the tape to create a nice straight line above it, making sure to press it down tightly against the egg cup so no paint seeped through.

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Then I painted above the line, let the paint dry and removed the tape. However, on some of the cups I just painted the lines freehand, as I didn't mind the less than perfect stripes. It gives them a bit of an organic feel. Either way works great.

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For the succulents, I bought the smallest I could find at Home Depot ($3 each). It is amazing how much beauty and detail there is in such a small little plant!

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I separated a couple of the succulents into two to get more bang for my buck and used the potting mixture that came with them. You want to be sure to use a potting mix made for cactus and succulents. Succulents also need good drainage, which unfortunately is not something these egg cups provide. Adding a couple pebbles at the bottom will help. In general, you want to use just a tiny amount of water when you water them to avoid the roots rotting in overly wet soil.

I can't wait to use these as decor for our party (stay tuned!). For now, I'm enjoying this pretty addition to my window!

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