Today I’m going to show you a super simple, super budget friendly DIY.
I think I’ve mentioned before how my husband and I enjoy natural decor – lots of plants and wood, and white. We have so many visions of what we want to do with our house and our decor and slowly but surely we are getting there!
In June we took a trip with some friends to Cypress Hills in Alberta, Canada for a weekend get away. While there we did some scavenger hunting for some cut down trees and luckily for me I found a fantastic piece of driftwood. I was actually looking for it for some baby shower decor for a shower I was throwing later in the month. After the shower was over I brought the piece home and brainstormed what I could do with it now. I got the idea to use it as a centre piece and put some succulents in it. I’m so happy with how it turned out!
First my husband used an electric planer to plane both sides so it sits evenly (for the baby shower I used it to place mini cupcakes on). Then while my parents were visiting he used a large drill bit to hollow out 5 holes – three larger ones and two smaller ones. At that point we needed to brainstorm how to now plant the plants. You can’t just plant right into the holes – first it would rot, and second there are some holes in the side where the dirt would fall out. My dad – being the mr.fixit and problem solver that he is, searched the house high and low to find appropriate sized containers. Eventually he found pop cans that fit perfectly! Brilliant!
Next was to make the look acceptable. He cut them down and then snipped all around the top and folded the metal in to make the edge dull instead of sharp – sorry I don’t have any process photos of that, hopefully that’s a good enough explanation! In the photo below you can see the inside edge folded over
This weekend I spray painted two coats of white Rustoleum to make them look a bit more aesthetically pleasing. I went to a small local plant shop that I absolutely adore and picked out some tiny succulents and airplants. I repotted the succulents into the cans and placed them in the driftwood. In the smaller holes I put a bit of preserved moss I had left over from a Terrarium I had made and put the airplants on top.
I’m seriously so in love with the results! It’s taken a little bit of attention to make sure my toddler doesn’t touch, thankfully he’s used to momma saying “plants are to look at not to touch” and he’s fairly good at listening! All in all this cost $20 for the plants and that’s it, the rest of the supplies I had on hand. You could even recreate a smaller version, and I definitely plan too. It’s amazing the beauty you find in nature that can accent your home decor!