Succulents and glitter are some of my favorite things…so it’s only natural to combine them. It’s pretty much the new peanut butter and jelly. Succulents and glitter. It’s a thing. You know what else is great? I only spent about 7 bucks for this entire project–including the plants and the containers. I all ready had the craft supplies I needed; and the containers were about 50 cents each; so this makes a fantastic gift for both Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation Week. Both of which, might I add, are happening this week.
This came together so quickly, with such satisfying results, my only regret is that I didn’t think of it sooner. I was laying awake one night contemplating this collaboration I’m working on with Paper Source and Land of Nod, when this idea just popped into my head. I’m using embossing for a different project, which I’ll be sharing soon, and thought I might as well give it a whirl on some ceramic dishes just for fun. It totally worked! And to think, I almost got rid of my embossing tool & powder when I organized my laundry room, since I haven’t used them for years. Good thing my hoarder tendencies won that battle!
Let’s get to work! Here’s what you’ll need to make your own glitter-dipped planters:
- Ceramic dishes: cups, tea cups, etc.–anything that will hold a succulent
- Succulents + Potting Soil
- Embossing Heat Tool
- Watermark Ink
- Glitter Embossing Powder
- Painter’s Tape
- Scratch Paper
Step 1: Tape off the section you want to glitter up. It might take a couple tries to get the tape straight, but keep trying till it’s just right.
Step 2: Now grab the watermark ink and press it onto the container where you want the glitter to be. Fun Fact: I’m double-jointed, so my fingers always look a little crazy in photos. I was trying so hard to reign in my creepy witch fingers, but this is the best I could do.
Step 3: Here’s where the scratch paper comes in handy. Working over the paper, sprinkle the embossing powder into the ink, until it’s sufficiently covered. Now hold onto the taped section of the planter and tap off the excess powder. Note: be careful not to smudge the powdered part…you’ll rub it off, and then you’ll have a real mess. Not that I’d know by experience, or anything. 😉 After all the excess embossing powder lands on the scratch paper, you can pick up the paper and use it to funnel the extra powder back into the jar.
Step 4: Remove the tape (carefully) and grab your embossing heat tool.
Step 5: Place the container on a flat, heat-tolerant surface, and start melting the powder. Keep going until all the powder is melted. Definitely be careful when you touch the ceramic to rotate it…it will get a little hot.
Stand back and admire your work while it cools. Now you’re ready to get planting! Grab those succulents and introduce them to their glitzy new home! Now whip up a whole batch of these babies because you’ll want to hand them out left and right.
Don’t forget to make a few for yourself. You deserve it! If you need me, I’ll be glitter embossing everything I can get my hands on. Have a great day!