How to Make a Faux Succulent Wreath

Inside: Discover how to create a faux succulent wreath in an unexpected way.

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When I plant succulents, they’re happy one moment and dead the next.

While I consider myself a plant-savvy person, succulents are my downfall. A perky cactus deflates like a balloon. Purple echeveria browns within days. Jade shrivels away from me like I’ve scorned it.

So, when I saw the living succulent wreath trend that’s been making the rounds on Pinterest and home decorating websites, I knew no way would I keep one alive for longer than a few days.

Rather than killing some pretty succulents, I opted for a different option.

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This is the Easiest Way to Make a Faux Succulent Wreath

I decided to make a faux succulent wreath. Fake it til you make it, baby.

What you’ll need:

  • 10 – 15 faux succulents (I got mine at the Dollar Tree)
  • Wreath form (I used a wire form because it’s what I had. A straw or foam wreath form would also work well.)
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Hot glue gun

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Your handy hot glue gun will handle the bulk of this project. Since I’m no expert at sewing or using power tools, I use hot glue a lot. It’s a DIYers best friend.

Ready to make your faux succulent wreath?

Step 1: Wrap it up
Start by wrapping your burlap ribbon in even layers around the wreath form.

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Step 2: Trim off
Once you wrap all the way around your wreath form, trim off the burlap. Then, secure the end with a dab of hot glue. Make sure you leave enough ribbon so you can secure the end of the ribbon to the back of the wreath form. You want to keep it pretty, you know?

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Step 3: Prepare the succulents
The faux succulents I purchased came complete with mini pot. So, I had to detach them from the pot then trim the stems off. This way I could hot glue the succulents down flat to the wreath.

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Step 4: Hot glue the succulents
Carefully hot glue the back of each succulent to the wreath. I decided to concentrate my succulents in one area, but you could cover the entire wreath in succulents if you like.

Once you’ve hot glued all of your succulents, your faux succulent wreath is complete!

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Full disclosure: When I went to hang my faux succulent wreath, I noticed that my wreath wanted to dip toward the side with all of the succulents because the weight of them was pulling it down. After some finagling, and placing it just so, I managed to get it hung straight.

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This faux succulent wreath looks fancy, and I love that it’s made from simple craft store items. And, the best part? No plants were harmed in the making of this wreath.

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DIY Rope-Wrapped Bottles for a Farmhouse Look

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Every time the glass recycling bin is full and ready to take to the recycling center, a battle rages in my mind.

‘Couldn’t I do something with these bottles?’ ‘Will I need them for a future craft project?’ ‘I hate just getting rid of them, even if I am recycling them.’ ‘Is there a way to reuse them?’

Also, ‘Am I a hoarder?’

I never want to miss an opportunity to upcycle something. Who knows what beautiful project those sticky glass bottles could become?

If you too are reluctant to part with items that you could potentially repurpose, reuse or upcycle into something amazing, I have a project for you.

While you can’t save every glass bottle in your recycling bin, you can make (a few of) these DIY rope-wrapped bottles.

Go grab a few lucky bottles from your bin and let’s get started.

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So, you already have your glass bottles, but you’ll also need rope and a hot glue gun. I used leftover rope from when I turned this old dresser drawer into a wine rack, but there was only enough to cover one bottle. I purchased this sisal rope from Home Depot to finish the other two bottles.

What you’ll need:
– Glass bottles
– Rope (I got mine from Home Depot)
– Hot glue gun

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How to make DIY rope-wrapped bottles

The process is pretty straightforward.

Start at the bottom of your bottle and begin hot gluing and wrapping your rope around the bottle. Take your time and make sure you don’t leave any cracks between the rope strands.

To finish off, loop the rope around all the way to the very top of the bottle.

Keep going until you’ve completely covered the neck of the bottle. Snip off the end of the rope.

Put a dollop of hot glue on the end of the rope and tuck it inside the bottle to make it stay. This way, you’ll completely cover all of the glass.

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It’s so satisfying to see that simple Snapple bottle completely transformed.

(Side note: If you don’t want to risk the bottle label peeking through, remove it before you get started. Easily remove labels by running the bottles through the dishwasher or rubbing them with a scrub brush.)

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When used as vases, these rope-wrapped bottles can add a farmhouse feel to your home. The rope is rustic and perfectly neutral, so these bottles can fit into the décor in any room.

I used fake greenery that I bought at the Dollar Tree to dress up the bottles.

Normally, I’m not into fake plants, but I wanted to brighten up a dark bathroom that doesn’t get enough sunlight to support live plants. These bottle vases and fake, spiky greenery were the perfect solution.

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And there you have it.

That’s how I rescued a few glass bottles from the recycling bin.

The rest went to the recycling center because, I mean, you can only have so many rope-wrapped bottles, easy boot shapers and bracelet holders. But I’m sure I’ll come up with more ways to use glass bottles in the future!

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How to Repurpose Old Calendars into Bookmarks

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Don’t toss out last year’s calendars. Repurpose those dated calendars into bookmarks.

Book lovers know you can never have too many bookmarks. (I lose them all the time!) So why not easily create your own bookmarks from that calendar you were going to throw in the trash?

Besides keeping unnecessary waste out of the landfill, you may also be helping yourself keep that New Year’s resolution of reading more this year. A pretty bookmark may be all the incentive you need to crack open a few more books.

Get ready to turn those pages (and not lose your spot) by making your own bookmarks from old calendars.

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Every year, my mom buys me a couple of wall calendars for Christmas. And every year in January, my eco-conscious heart hates to toss out the old ones, even if I am putting them in the recycle bin.

This isn’t my first old calendar redo. In the past I’ve made envelopes from old calendars (and wrote about it for Organic Authority.) I’ve also framed the images from old calendars for easy wall art. But this year I wanted to come up with a new way to repurpose old calendars.

When researching ideas to repurpose old calendars, I found these gift tags from Real Simple. They looked like bookmarks to me at first and they inspired me to try to create bookmarks from my old calendars.

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Want to make your own bookmarks from old calendars? Here’s what you’ll need.

Supplies you’ll need:
– Old calendar
– Poster board or thick paper
– Bookmark (to trace)
– Mod Podge
– Paintbrush
– Single-hole puncher
– Twine or ribbon
– Pen
– Scissors

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This is a great project for a chilly afternoon. Grab a mug of coffee and get to crafting.

Step 1: Trace the outline of the bookmark
With a pen, trace the outline of the bookmark you’re using as a stencil on the calendar image of your choice. Here I’m tracing the outline of a coffee cup from a coffee-themed calendar.

Step 2: Cut out the bookmark
Next, cut out the bookmark. Then, grab poster board or a thick paper. Here I have a small piece of white poster board.

(Tip: The calendar image itself is too flimsy to simply use as your bookmark. That’s why you’ll also need poster board or a thick paper. You’ll be adhering the calendar paper to the poster board, so it’s more firm. I also used the front and back covers of the calendar for this because they’re made of thicker stock.)

Step 3: Paint on the Mod Podge
Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the back of your bookmark cutout. Working quickly, paste the bookmark cutout onto the piece of poster board (or thick paper.) Smooth it from the inside out to get rid of air bubbles.

Step 4: Add another layer of Mod Podge
Paint on another thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of your bookmark. This will seal it all together.

Step 5: Let it dry
Now, let the bookmark dry completely. It will probably take about 10 minutes.

Step 6: Cut out the bookmark
Cut out the bookmark. Now it will feel like a real bookmark. It’s much sturdier than the first time you cut it out from the calendar.

Step 7: Punch a hole
Using a single-hole puncher, punch out a hole at the top center of your bookmark.

Step 8: Thread ribbon through
Finally, thread a small piece of ribbon or twine through the hole. I like to loop the twine in half, stick the folded end through the hole, thread the folded end through the newly-made loop and pull to secure it. You can then knot the bottom two ends.

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I’m still in awe of how well these bookmarks turned out. During a few days off work after the holidays, I went on a bookmark-making binge and made almost 60 of them. You can get a lot of bookmarks out of one calendar. I’ve given away a few to friends and now I’m thinking about selling them in my family’s antique booth.

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These bookmarks make great gifts for the bookworms in your life. Even better, if you’re buying books for friends and family, stick these handmade bookmarks into the pages for a special addition to the gift.

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