A Valentine for Succulent Lovers

A Valentine for Succulent Lovers from Farmhouse38.com.I love cheesy Valentine’s Day heart-shaped candy boxes. I really, really do. It’s not even about the candy (I swear. No, that is not chocolate on my face. It’s probably chicken poop, can we continue?). I just love the, shall we call it: Hallmark-Chic, of it all. Haters gonna hate.

So clearly, I adore upcycling these things (see Valentine’s Candy Box Roses). And, since I have a whole slew of propagated succulent babies waiting to be transplanted, here goes nothing!

Using an upcycled heart-shaped candy box for a Valentine's Day craft, from farmhouse38.com

I especially love this box from Whitman’s–it’s tin, with a plastic candy tray, which makes it perfect for using as a decorative succulent planter!

Once you are done demolishing the candy, remove the plastic candy tray from the box. Poke a couple of small holes in the bottom of each little candy well (do this if you plan to leave the succulents planted in there for awhile–if you are just doing this for presentation and a quick replant, then don’t bother), place a real thin layer of aquarium gravel or some other fine gravel in the bottom of each candy well, and then fill each well with cactus/succulent potting mix.

Turning a Valentine's heart-shaped candy box into a succulent planter, from Farmhouse38.com

Meanwhile, take your tin box and paint it however you like. I started with a good coat of white spray primer, let it dry, and then painted the top mint green. I wanted the bottom to be sparkly gold, so I then did a coat of gold spray paint. After this dried, I sprayed a thick layer of gold-sparkle spray paint and then immediately coated in gold glitter. When that had dried, I knocked off the loose glitter and coated the whole thing in another coat of glitter spray paint to ‘seal’ it. If you don’t have glitter spray paint, you can use ModgePodge or Elmer’s to adhere the gold glitter, and once it has dried, seal it with a spray paint clear coat.

Upcycling a Valentine's Day heart-shaped candy box into a succulent planter from Farmhouse38.com

To finish the lid of the box, I wanted to do a tailored, traditional bow and ribbon, kind of like what you might find on just this sort of box of candy (this is important because you gotta put something fancy on there to cover the “Whitman’s” embossed label. Sorry Whitman’s, it’s been real). I started by cutting a length of coral grosgrain ribbon to fit diagonally across the lid, and then hot-glued it into place. I did the same with an overlay of sparkly gold ribbon.

Upcycling a Valentine's heart-shaped candy box into a succulent planter by farmhouse38.com

 

Now, make your bow and adhere it. (Since I forgot to photograph this, please refer to this sloppily drawn instructional cartoon).

How to make a tuxedo bow from Farmhouse38.com

Upcycling a Valentine's Day heart-shaped candy box into a succulent planter from Farmhouse38.comSucculent planting time!

If you don’t have itty bitty propagated succulent bits laying around like I do, hopefully you can find some tiny potted succulents to buy somewhere. Or maybe you have mature succulents that you can take cuttings from (here is a great how-to on propagating succulents).

Propagating succulents and upcycling a Valentine's heart-shaped candy box into a succulent planter from Farmhouse38.comNow carefully plant your little baby plants in the individual candy wells. If you want to be able to place the lid on the box, you must be mindful of the finished height of the planted succulents. Succulents don’t like being squashed.

Upcycled Valentine's Day heart-shaped candy box turned succulent planter from Farmhouse38.com

Upcycling a Valentine's Day heart-shaped candy box into a succulent planter by Farmhouse38.com

I heart succulents. Upcycling a Valentine's Day heart-shaped candy box into a succulent planter by Farmhouse38.com

 

I heart succulents. Can you tell?

 

 

 

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13 thoughts on “A Valentine for Succulent Lovers

  1. lindsey January 30, 2015 at 7:34 pm Reply

    Love this!!!

  2. Melissa January 30, 2015 at 11:16 pm Reply

    That’s gorgeous!

  3. CWKeesus January 31, 2015 at 1:57 am Reply

    WOW! Clever girl you are! Awesome.

  4. Coral Cottage Kim January 31, 2015 at 2:05 pm Reply

    Awesome lovely!

  5. home, garden, life January 31, 2015 at 3:10 pm Reply

    MOST clever, Kate!

  6. Luisa February 2, 2015 at 12:09 am Reply

    Too cute for words!!

  7. jean February 3, 2015 at 5:28 pm Reply

    Between the chocolates and your tiny succulents, it’s a toss up. You have the cutest ideas.

  8. Nagzilla February 4, 2015 at 12:44 pm Reply

    I’d take this over a box of chocolates any day!

  9. gem February 13, 2015 at 10:43 pm Reply

    That’s fantastic, really it is. Great present for birthdays too. Awe that’s magic, well done u !!

  10. Barbara B February 14, 2015 at 4:27 pm Reply

    This is adorable, I just got a Whitman’s Heart for Valentine’s Day, I’m saving it to make this!

  11. Debbi Campbell Aldahl February 16, 2015 at 8:44 pm Reply

    I love this! I make succulent gardens in other containers for friends, with a steady supply from my front yard, and now I LOVE this idea to make as gifts. Very cool. Maybe I can do it with my students on a smaller scale for their mother’s day presents. ❤

  12. Debbie February 16, 2015 at 8:58 pm Reply

    Great idea 🙂

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