Ever wonder why spackling comes in such big containers? Every time I move from one apartment to the next, I buy a new tub of it to cover nail holes in the wall, but I never even get close to using the whole thing. Well, I’ve come up with a way to put that entire tub to good use— just in time for Mother’s Day.
To make this Faux Plaster Planter for Mom, you’ll need: a tiny succulent, planting, soil, rocks, scissors, masking tape, spackling, recycled lid (like the tops from hair products or laundry detergent), and recycled cardboard pieces.
We’ll start by cutting out the top and bottom of the planter. The sizing on these cutouts can be flexible. Just make sure the flat part of your lid will fit into the larger shape.Now you need to cut out the edges of your planter. I started by labeling my base and top triangle with A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, and B3. The A is the top and the B is the base. The numbers indicate how the shapes will line up once the planter is constructed. Then I cut out trapezoids that fit the sides of the top and base.Using your lid, trace the circular part onto the top of your planter. Then cut out a hole. This is where you will insert the lid into the shape.Now tape the cardboard pieces together accordingly and slide the lid into place. Secure the lid with tape as well.Using the spackling, cover the cardboard. You can use a paint brush or a scrap piece of cardboard to do this.Once the spackling has dried, it’s time to plant your succulent. First put down a layer of soil, filling the lid half way. Then insert the succulent. Add more dirt if needed and secure with a top layer of rocks. Don’t forget to water it, and you’re done!
Nothing says I love you like a handmade gift, especially one that grows. If your mom happens to have a bit of a green thumb herself, here are a few more gift ideas: