If you've missed out on the countless Etsy listings for them in the past years, animal planters are ~totally trendy~. While we try to restrain ourselves from hopping on every single trendwagon, this one is just too cute to resist. And like most semi-new apartment dwellers (ok, ok, MILLENNIALS), we love our succulents and they need cute homes.
Plus, this project is simply fun. First off, you get to buy toys, cut them up and paint them. If you don't enjoy that type of thing, I don't even know what to say, other than perhaps, "stop reading DIY blogs." Then you get to go adopt some little plant babies and later stop by pet store to get neon aquarium rocks and ogle everyone's cute dogs. Sounds like the best day ever, right?
Need more motivation? It's nearly impossible to mess this up, which is more than I can say for most craft projects I take on. Convinced? Read on. ANIMAL PLANTERS FOR ALL!
- Plastic toy animals (these came from Michaels Crafts)
- Craft paint (gold! pastel! or whatever palette suits your fancy)
- Primer (you can use white acrylic paint for this)
- Foam brushes
- Box cutter or utility knife
- Succulents in mini pots (you can get these at farmers markets, Home Depot, bodegas, etc.)
- Aquarium rocks
Cut a hole in the back of your animal (it pains me deeply to type that sentence). I used a combination of scissors and a box cutter to get the job done neatly. Different animals are also easier or more difficult to cut, so there's some trial and error based on what type of toy you get.
Prime your animal with white paint and allow to dry. This will help cover up the existing color and make it easier for the color to adhere.
Paint the animal with the color of your choice. You'll likely need several coats during this stage; allow to dry between each.
Add a mini succulent to the back of the animal. I highly recommend leaving it in the pot it comes in since the planter is such an unwieldy shape.
Top the soil with aquarium rocks to add another pop of color. Bonus: they'll help retain moisture!
Photos and text copyright © Theresa Berens, 2016. All rights reserved.