I found a mini orchid plant from Home Depot that was marked down to $4.99. I figured if I killed it I would only be out 5 bucks and, who doesn't love normal things in miniature sizes?
I was on a mission to find a cute pot, but couldn't find anything I liked. As I was purusing Ikea my last trip, I came across their selection of mini orchids.
We had a party at our house recently and I needed something to mask the little orange plastic containers, so I found these nondescript black plastic planters at Target also marked down to $0.72 a piece.
So, to start this thing I had a plain white ceramic cup, and an equally plain black plastic cup. I knew I wanted to gold leaf the white planter so I used a foam brush to paint on the adhesive in a diagonal shape. I wanted the edge to be rough, so I didn't worry too much about being perfect. I followed the directions and let it sit, then gold leafed it until it looked good and then sprayed it with some gold leaf sealer. I can't wait for it to flower again, it looks a little sad until then.
For the black planter, I had found this pot on Etsy and thought it would be an easy pattern to replicate.
I used a white paint pen and free handed until I liked the way it looked. It took maybe 20 minutes.
I'm not sure that they'll always live together, because I don't really think a (flowering orchid) really goes with a spiky succulent, but while I wait for the flowers to come back they're together.
Right now they live on the window sill in the kitchen, and I have two more black planters that I may doodle on with different designs.
And, I know it's hard to get a size orientation with close cropped photos, so here's a little wider shot for comparison.
It was such a quick and simple upgrade that I'm excited to do more, but I may have to cool it on the plants right now, I've only kept them alive for a couple months so far. I don't want to get cocky and have a bunch of planters but dead plants!
Any tips on keeping succulents alive? Mine always seem to grow up, which makes them look weird. I also may have a slight tendency to over water them. I kill them with kindness, literally!