DIY Potted Gold Succulent in Geometric Origami Planter

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The DS gals are thrilled to welcome Carly of Chic Steals with this great guest post. Carly is a fellow Alt Summit junkie and we just know you’ll love her site as much as you love this amazing DIY project!

Recently the world has turned to succulents as an easy-to-tend and low-maintenance indoor garden staple, but I wanted to up the chic factor to the humble plants. Adding a layer of liquid gilding to faux succulents (please don’t paint real ones!) makes them into objets d’art, and a glamorous addition to any nook in your home. And they’re the ultimate no-maintenance garden!

Here’s how to make your own (including the trendy geometric planters: simple origami!):

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You Need:

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faux plastic succulents  /  liquid gilding  /  paintbrush  /  newspapers or something to protect your work area  /  12 x 12″ piece of stiff cardstock  /  glue gun  /  air-dry clay  /  fiberfill, dried up clay, or scrap fabric  /  scissors or cutting blade  /  pencil  /  ruler

How To:

MAKE THE GOLD SUCCULENTS

1. Remove the succulent heads from the stems.
2. Use a brush to paint on a coat of liquid gold leafing.
3. Allow to dry until the gilding is no longer tacky to the touch.

 

MAKE THE GEOMETRIC ORIGAMI PLANTERS

1. Download the template from http://www.korthalsaltes.com/model.php?name_en=truncated%20octahedron . Print out at 130% for the large (and I also made 2 small, printed at 100%). You won’t need the final octahedron that provides the lid to the whole piece since this is being made into a planter, so just ignore it and any flaps that are supposed to connect to it.
2. Cut out the template.
3. Trace around the template with a pencil, pressing into the paper at the inner corners of the octagon in the center. For any outer octagons that just didn’t fit on the printer paper, simply rotate the template to find a usable octagon and trace (since the whole pattern is symmetrical).
4. Remove the template and connect the lines with a ruler.
5. Cut out the cardstock octahedron.
6. Score the folds against the ruler.
7. Fold the sides together, securing each side with hot glue.
8. Stuff the octahedron with dried clay, fiberfill, or scrap fabric to pad it out.

 

ASSEMBLE

1. Place a layer of air dry clay over the filling of the geometric planters, covering the filling so it doesn’t show.
2. Press the succulent stems into the clay.
3. Allow to dry 24-72 hours until the clay is stiff and the succulents will not fall out.

And you’re done!

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A beautiful, non-perishable, high-fashion accessory for your office, living room, or bedside table. Try with different-colored cardstock (I tried polka-dot turquoise and mirrored silver) or different ways of painting your succulents for an entirely different look!

Happy DIY’ing!

About Carly:

Carly J. Cais is an avid DIY’er and designer who dabbles in accessory, prop, graphic, website, and motion design in her spare time. She founded her blog Chic Steals 5 years ago, and blogs daily about fashion finds for less, DIY tutorials that mimic high style, styling inspiration, outfits, and trend coverage. She splits her time between Portland, OR and Tokyo, Japan.

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    sarahlily
    September 7, 2013

    Yeah…plants do not like being covered in paint unless they are suicidal.

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      carlyjcais
      September 14, 2013

      LOL! You are so right! ;-)

      Thus, faux succulents are ideal. Michael’s has some good ones lately – and a whole faux terrariums craft section!!
      xo
      Carly

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    Alexis @ Persia Lou
    September 1, 2013

    So cool! I love that you made the planter too. Pinning this one…

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      carlyjcais
      September 14, 2013

      Thanks Alexis! There are a lot of tutorials out there for more permanent, sturdy DIY planters…but I’m lazy, so I figured origami would work just as well, especially when dealing with fake plants, haha!
      xo
      Carly

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    Judith Chen
    August 31, 2013

    Hi Carly, thanks for the nice tutorial. btw, remember me? I’m still your reader though haven’t commented anything in awhile…

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      carlyjcais
      September 14, 2013

      Hi Judith!
      Of course I remember you!!! How could I not?!! So glad to hear from you – hope you’re doing well :-)
      xo
      Carly

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