SUCCULENT DIY + MR ROGERS | Modern Golden Succulent Vases by Renee + My Shameful Sunday Night.

You guys, I watched the Real Housewives of New Jersey finale Sunday night and OMG, I cannot.  OMFG what was that.  Did you watch it (admit it so we can talk!)?  I didn’t know if I was supposed to be judging a pageant or jerking off to some new type of highly satisfying porn.  Is Women Annoyingly Yelling a genre of pornography?  If it isn’t then I have NFI what I ate my dinner to between 10 and 11pm.  I really think it was pornography because I was super into it while I was watching it but now that it’s over I feel ashamed/like I want to take it all back.  I’m sorry.  I’m so sorry.

Let’s shift gears and leave that back there, never to speak of it again as long as we live.  The following video went viral recently and if my heart were a caterpillar, this video reached inside of my chest tore out my still-beating heart and allowed it to blossom into a highly emotional butterfly, killing me.  So now my heart is a butterfly with PMS, WATCH OUT.  ANYWHO you might have seen the video already but I’ve been excited to post it here on the blog for anyone who hasn’t seen it already.  Watch, if you like Mr Rogers.  DEFINITELY WATCH if you *don’t* like Mr Rogers.  (Who doesn’t like Mr Rogers!!?!?)

If there isn’t a butterfly in your house randomly picking fights with your fiance/crying, then what kind of human ARE YOU.

If you answered A Human in Charge of His/Her Emotions well then touche.  Touche.

Now it is time for a craft!  Our resident DIY bloggista Renee Hong is back, and this time she brought gold and succulents which means I feel like we won at life today.  This one is perfect for a group of people who are not the Real Housewives of a city to do together in total harmony, or to do all by your lonesome/surrounded by cats.  If you need some company while you do it I am open to Skyping with you, however please make sure you catch me on a shower day.  (This is not most days.)

If you decide to do the project with a cat in the room, I suggest a cat detection software that prevents cats from typing on your computer and generally ruining your day file-deletion-wise.

… Though honestly, take solace in the fact that your cat takes an interest in typing.  I’ve been trying to get Bambino to take over part of the workload for what, a year? year and a half?  He asked me for the internship as a puppy, and everybody knows saying no to puppies is a one-way ticket to the pit of Hell, at least that’s what House Science Committee Member and professional ironic human Paul Broun says.

Oh what’s that? – your cat is deaf and you’re worried the software’s approach won’t stop your cat from clicking your keyboard and destroying everything you have built for yourself/your family over the past two years?  From the website: “PawSense detects the paws of even deaf cats.”

like WHOA.

Moving on, take it away, Renee….

This DIY is for you earthy folks who can’t quite swing the full-on hippie vibe ;) As much as I do adore flora and fauna, I still find myself equally attracted to those sleek, clean, modern lines. Ideal for a modernized earthy wedding, this project is an easy centerpiece that doesn’t leave either side out! A few candle holders, some lovely succulents and metallic accents later… you’ve got yourself a chic and simple arrangement for any table!

What you’ll need:

  • Tiered candle holders (from Ikea, called “Blomster” and come in a set of 3)
  • Three mini potted succulents (I got mine from Home Depot — there’s a big selection and only about a dollar each!)
  • Gold spray paint
  • Tape

Step 1:

Tape off a few different designs on your vases! Make sure that the areas you will not want painted are well-covered. For one I did the dip-dyed look, for the second I did patterned stripes, and for the third third, a triangle-patterned rim.

Step 2:

Spray away! Get your metallic spray paint and cover the un-taped areas thoroughly. Light layers of paint is the trick — you don’t want to pile it on and get it dripping wet. Walk away for at least 15 minutes to make sure it is still try, then remove your tape. It will be wayyyy easier and cleaner than if you are impatient and try to remove the tape immediately (trust me.)

Step 3:

Remove the plants from their pots and place them into the vases, pressing the dirt into the mold to secure the plant as much as possible. It can get kind of messy, so I’d advise to do it outdoors!

There you have it! A shiny and modern yet green-filled botanical DIY centerpiece! What do you think?

xo Renee / photos by Jenna Rae Photography

Label(s): Color, Renee, The Bloggistas, Yellow, {DIY + Freebies}

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  1. Sandra (Simply Peachy) on October 9, 2012

    I love succulents. What a great DIY.

  2. Wedding Splendor on October 9, 2012

    that’s creative indeed, inspiring too, it worths a try:)

  3. Sofia on October 9, 2012

    Coolest idea ever!!!!!!!!!

  4. Jacin on October 9, 2012

    So I just watched the RHONJ reunion part 2 last night as my guilty pleasure my husband is away on a business trip so I can watch this garbage myself treat. I feel the same as you. You can’t stop watching, you find yourself thinking did that just happen? You find yourself scared for the future of America because the future of America is Teresa Giudices kids. Oh the horror. And Joe Giudices reaction to “who were you talking to on the phone” was priceless. Albie?? Hahha! It’s amazing. But I will say, I like Teresa’s dress.

    As for Mr. Rogers video, well, you got me on that one, imagine his horror if he met the Giudice kids, or saw what everyone else is watching these days? Yikes.

    Oh and nice DIY, I like it.

  5. Stephanie@geezees on October 9, 2012

    What a creative idea!

  6. Lena on October 9, 2012

    These vases are crazy adorable!

  7. Sara {Burnett's Boards} on October 9, 2012

    Love this DIY – so cute! And great for any occasion – especially for decorating my office :-D

  8. Katie Jayne on October 9, 2012

    Simple and cute! I love succulents!

  9. Glam Bride NYC on October 10, 2012

    brilliant idea it is. very elegant.

  10. Valerie on October 10, 2012

    I absolutely love those succulent vases. Great idea! They’re so perfect for favors – or just as decor around the home. Also, I know how you feel about the Real Housewives. Sometimes it’s like watching a train wreck!

  11. Peter Oliver on October 14, 2012

    Amazing blog mate

  12. Orly on October 16, 2012

    What a wonderful idea!!

  13. Lisandro Rivera on October 17, 2012

    Love your site!!! I offer it to most of my clients, you guys always have awesome ideas!!


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