On a shopping trip with some girlfriends, I saw some cute little succulents wrapped in burlap. I had to have them, but thought I could make my own. Not because I wanted to do it cheaper, but because I just really wanted to make my own. The best part of DIY for me, is the challenge. People DIY for many reasons be it money, necessity, or burning desire. For me, it’s the latter. I have a creative switch that I just can not turn off. It’s a problem, sometimes, because it can be very powerful as well as consuming. My brain never shuts off. Ever. So, in this particular instance, I just needed to find the right time to work the project in.
I’ve been eyeballing these poor, sad mosaic votives I made many, many years ago. Like, over a decade. They’d be long gone by now if it weren’t for their unfortunate location of being high up in a nook close to our vaulted ceilings. I put them there many moons ago when I bought this house and there they’ve sat since, watching me day after day. I decided they would be perfect just as soon as I could convince Hubbs to pull his ludicrous ladder out of the garage and help me get up there to fetch them down.
I had all the supplies for these cute little plants, except for the succulents themselves. The babies and I were at Hobby Lobby recently when I saw three “plants” to one floral pick. For almost $5, I could make three separate plants after pulling off the floral tape and untwisting the three wires. Boom. That’s my kind of deal.
I used about an 8×8 square of paper for my pattern and cut burlap squares out to wrap each votive. I placed the votive in the center of the burlap square with the corners of the fabric lining up with the square side of the votive. This way, the corner pokes up adding more character. I folded the sides of the burlap together in neat corners just like I would wrap a present and fastened with a rubber band to keep the fabric in place while I tied on the string.
I used super cute black and white butcher string that I found in the Target dollar spot bin a few months back, just because that’s what I had on hand. I would have like to used jute or twine, but the butcher string turned out to be a perfect contrast. I double wrapped the string and knotted it as tightly as possible before tying the bow. Next, I filled the votives with peat moss and popped in a “plant”.
Check out Transformation Tuesday to see what else I’ve been up to. Until next time!XO, Tommie