DIY SUCCULENT GARDEN

Succulents are trending. I honestly think I see a succulent pin or blog post at least once a week. I’m jumping on the band wagon and showing you how to make a succulent garden.

First you need to go out and buy your succulents and cacti. Your local garden center should have a variety, if not there are many vendors on Etsy who sell them. When choosing which ones to buy make sure they vary in height, width, texture and color. This is important because you need balance in your mini garden.

For my garden I chose twenty-two succulents and two cacti. When handling cacti make sure you wear needle proof gloves.

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Before planting your succulents and cacti, place them on a table and arrange them in the way you want them in the planter. This way you can figure out the best placement for each plant.

Place small rocks on the bottom of your planter. This allows the water to drain. If water cannot drain, the soil becomes too wet and the roots can rot causing your plants to die. Don’t skimp on the rocks, trust me.

Place succulent and cactus soil on top of the stones. This is also an important step because this special soil has higher sand content than regular soil. This helps imitate the plants natural habitat.

Once you have finished planting all of your succulents and cacti place the leftover stones around the plants in clusters. You can also use reindeer moss. I used a combination of both.

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Materials

  • 1 planter (mine is from West Elm)
  • Enough succulents and cacti to fill your planter (varying in size and color)
  • 1 bag of succulent & cacti soil
  • 1 bag of stones
  • 1 bag of reindeer moss
  • 1 pair of needle proof gloves (if using cacti)

 

 

Hanukkah Tablescape

With Hanukkah early this year and the first full day landing on Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fitting to do a little tablescape for this special occasion. This tablescape is perfect for jewish thanksgiving dinner or a dinner on any of the other nights of Hanukkah.

I kept the table super simple with gold chargers, white plates and a blue table cloth. I added a couple of eye-catching elements with a simple DIY Hanukkah dreidel card (the how-to will be on the blog tomorrow) along with printed napkins. I didn’t want the flowers to overwhelm the table, I used simple white daisies and stock in mason jars. They add the perfect dash of prettiness to the tablescape. Get some flowers from Interflora and be sure to use my Interflora discount codes.

 

I don’t know what happened to the knife in this photo?

 

 

 

DIY Hanukkah Dreidel Card

To add some extra flare to my Hanukkah tablescape I made these DIY dreidel cards. The letters that I used appear on actual dreidels. I thought it would be cute to put a different one on each card. It would be nice if you wrote a couple of words or a sentence on the back of the cards for each person at your party.

Materials
– card stock
– scissors
– glue pen
– gold and silver glitter
– a pencil
– template

Directions
– Print out the template in the link above.
– Cut out the dreidel and trace it four different times onto four different pieces of card stock.
– Cut each one out.
– With pencil draw the one letter on each dreidel. I just google imaged dreidel letters and free handed them onto the card stock.
– Put newspaper or a garbage bag onto your surface to avoid glitter everywhere. Take your glue pen and retrace the letters that you just drew.
– Quickly dump a bunch of glitter onto the letter, wait a couple of seconds then shake the glitter off of the card.
– Repeat this step with each card.
-Now it is time to do the border. Trace the outside line of the dreidel card with your glue pen and apply glitter, shake off after a couple of seconds.
– Let dry for 30mins – 1 hour before touching them.