It feels a little weird for me to be sharing a spring DIY project with you when there is snow in the ground, but I feel like this might make Mother Nature happy and she’ll send some warm weather my way! I’m excited to share with you how I made my White Picket Fence Succulent Garden!
I’ll be the first to admit that I do not have a green thumb, so I thought a succulent garden might work for me. But, after doing a little research, I realized that even that might not be the best idea for the project I had in mind because they still need sun.
My mantle doesn’t get much sun. The good news, though? This succulent garden project requires zero maintenance – these are fake succulents! WOOT!
To make the picket fence part, you’ll need…well, fencing. I found these 4-foot fence boards at Home Depot for about $1.50 a piece. I initally bought 5 but only used 4 of them.
Start by cutting each board in half. Keep all 4 top pieces and 2 of the bottom pieces. The bottom 2-foot boards will become your horizontal fence boards.
Paint the boards white. Or whatever color you like – I like white. 🙂 I actually went back and added some brown stain to make the boards look a little aged.
Once the paint dries, lay the boards out like a fence and nail them together.
Now for the succulent plants, I picked up a few artificial succulents at Hobby Lobby, along with some rocks and small mason jars. I also used potting soil. The plants might be fake, but I didn’t want them to look fake!
I added rocks to the bottom, then potting soil, then inserted the succulent plant.
To attach the mason jars to the picket fence, I wrapped twine around each jar a couple times, then knotted it, leaving a length of twine. I then looped the remaining length around the fence board and knotted it on the back.
We opted not to hang it because it’s pretty heavy, and hubby didn’t want to put big holes in the wall to anchor it. But I still like how it looks propped on the mantle.
I may go back later and add a quote or something to the boards, too. I haven’t decided yet. For now I’m happy with how it turned out. Now I just need to finish decorating my mantle!
So, are you ready for spring? What are you doing to get your house ready?
*This project was selected for the Sweet 16 by Consumer Crafts as part of the Craft Month Madness contest! See all of the Sweet 16 semi-finalists HERE.