Thursday, June 11, 2015

DIY succulent centerpiece

this month, i'm teaming up with terminix to bring you a really easy DIY project to add a pop of color to your outdoor dining area. last year, justin bought me a picnic table for our backyard. it took me about three weeks to apply a waterproof stain because i kept getting eaten alive by mosquitos every time i went outside to work on it. at the end of the process, there wasn’t much of a difference in the way the table looked. i felt like it had the potential to be much cuter with some color, but at that point, i didn't want to go to all of the trouble of painting it.

this succulent centerpiece is a hassle-free way to add a pop of color (and life) to your table in just a few minutes. i love how the mint planter turned out and kind of creates an ombre vibe with the plants. and best of all, while i was potting these little guys, i didn’t get a single mosquito bite. thanks to terminix, i have my backyard back :) maybe i'll repaint this thing after all...anyways, i’ve already been eating lunch at our picnic table this summer and can’t wait to host a few barbecues. read on to make your own planter! 

here's what you'll need:
box planter
white spray paint
mint spray paint
cactus potting mix

i found everything i needed at home depot, and i ended up only needing one bag of this cactus potting mix. if yours happens to be out of stock, the nice guy in the garden department told me you could mix some of the $1 potting soil with sand to create a fast-draining soil. using the correct soil is a really important step to ensuring the longevity of your plants, as i have learned the hard way from cutting corners.

spray your planter white. i made sure to spray the inside of mine just around the edges since your plants won't fill up the entire box. 

wait 20 minutes, or until your base coat is dry, then go back over it with the mint paint.

wait another 20 minutes for your paint to dry. pop out the drainage holes in the bottom of your planter. if the fumes are bothering you, and you're worried about the succulents, you can also wait 24 hours to repot them.

to repot, fill your box about 3/4 of the way with soil. make a few holes for your plants, drop them in, and cover with the remaining quarter of potting mix. water immediately and place in the sun.

and there you have it! pretty easy, huh? you could also personalize your planter with some washi tape around the middle or some colored rocks on top. for more summer entertaining tips courtesy of terminix, click here.

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