I’m pretty obsessed with succulents these days. I purchased a variety of succulents from the U.C. Berkeley Botanical garden, only to find out that my cat really enjoys gnawing on the succulent leaves.
Therefore the obvious next step was to mount these little guys in an area where my adorable but destructive feline friend could not reach.
What you will need to make 4 hangings:
- 4 wooden squares. I purchased mine from Michael’s. Make sure it is thick enough to drill a screw through.
- Acrylic paint of your choosing (or stain for a more natural look). I used Martha Stewart’s “wedding cake” and “snap pea” satin paint.
- Stencil (Michael’s)
- Repair Clamps (home depot)
- 8 screws (home depot)
- 4 wall hanging mounts (home depot)
- Stones or perlite (home depot)
- Succulents (home depot/area of choice)
- Electric drill (Ikea has a decent 30 dollar drill if you are in a pinch)
- Sand wood if necessary. Paint one coat white, let dry for about an hour.
- Use stencil and paint green coat. Wash stencil between wood planks. Let dry an hour.
- Meanwhile, prepare mason jars with succulents. But 3/4 cup stones or perlite in bottom because they do not have a draining system. Then fill rest with cactus soil/dirt and plant.
- Drill holes in the clamps. This is hard! Keep in mind that the clamp will need enough room to tighten around the jar, so select the location carefully. You use the drill to loosen or tighten the clamp. Drilling works best if you loosen the clamp entirely so it becomes one long strip.
- Once the planks are dry. Flip over and screw in the wall mounts.
- After you have secured the wall mounts, use the electric drill to screw in the clamp. Place the clamp in the location where you want the middle of the jar to fall. I suggestion the center.
- Tighten the clamp so it almost holds the jar. Then hang it on the wall.
- Put the jar in the clamp and tighten it with the drill so the jar doesn’t fall out