DIY: Make Your Own Mini Succulent Ramekins

mini DIY succulent ramekins

DIY: Make Your Own Mini Succulent Ramekins

I’ve been trying to go through a few things in my apartment and I came across a few little white ramekins. Since I was planning on doing a some succulent refactoring, I thought it might be nice to repurpose them for an easy DIY project that’s super fast and easy to complete.

What you’ll need:

supplies for project

  1. succulents – you can use cuttings and/or rooted plants
  2. cactus soil mix
  3. ramekins
  4. aquarium gravel

Step 1:

Gather your supplies and pick out the succulents you’re planning on using. Try to select really small plants or cuttings.

Step 2:(optional)

Put a small layer of gravel in the ramekin first. Since the ramekin doesn’t have a hole for excess water drainage, the gravel helps to keep the plant and soil separate from any excess water that might collect.
gravel on bottom of ramekin

Step 3:

Fill the rest of the ramekin with soil and start planting your specimens.
plants positioned in soil

Step 4:

Add aquarium gravel around the plants on top of the soil. You’re done!
plants in ramekins finished

Many varieties of succulents grow really well from cuttings. If you’re short on plants, there’s no better way to procure them than from cuttings.

DIY Step-by-Step Guide to Building Your Own Maidenhair Fern Terrarium

Maidenhair ferns are some of the most delicate plants to add in a terrarium. I’ve tried growing maidenhair ferns outside of a terrarium environment and all I have to say about it is that it’s not easy. They need a consistent level of humidity, the right lighting conditions, and easy draining moist soil. For beginners, this plant is probably a hard one to start off with, but given the right conditions, anyone can successfully grow their own.

bunch of terrariumsmaidenhair leavessilver dollar maidenhair fern details

What You’ll Need:

  1. Potting soil
  2. Horticultural charcoal
  3. Perlite
  4. Aquarium gravel
  5. Plants that enjoy constantly moist soil – Like maidenhair ferns!
  6. Glass jar with a top

Step 1: Aquarium Gravel

Fill the bottom of the jar about 3/4 of an inch with aquarium gravel.

aquarium gravel

Step 2 (Optional): Perlite

Perlite If you happen to have a lot of perlite on hand, feel free to layer it on top of the aquarium gravel. You can use about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch of perlite on top of the gravel if you want. Perlite is a porous material that is used to help aerate potting soil. I have a ton of this so it doesn’t hurt to add an extra layer if you have too much of it laying around. You can probably imagine what it’s like to live in a small apartment with a giant bag of perlite. I’m basically swimming in it.

Step 3: Horticultural Charcoal

I’ve tried making terrariums without this but having a substantial layer of charcoal certainly helps keep the water palatable for your plants. The charcoal helps keep algae and bacteria at bay so your plants remain healthy.\r\n\r\nhoffman brand horticultural charcoal

Step 4: Potting Soil

Mix about 1 cup of perlite to 2 cups of potting soil. It isn’t an exact science but the perlite helps regulate the moisture in the soil itself. Maidenhair ferns don’t like sitting in soil that is too soggy.

potting soil

Step 5: Add Your Plants

If you are adding a maidenhair fern, try to plant the fern in the middle of the jar. Try to situate the plant in a way where the fronds avoid contact with the sides of the glass jar. If the plant has direct contact with the glass on a constant basis, the condensation from the jar will irritate the fronds causing the edges of the fronds to turn brown.

nerve plant closeupPlants that work well with maidenhair ferns:

  • Nerve Plant (Fittonia verschaffeltii)
  • Parlor Palm (Neanthe bella)
  • Philodendron (there are so many types)
  • English Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Ruby Red Club Moss (Selaginella erythropus)
  • Baby Tears (Soleirolia soleirolii)
  • Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)
  • Coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides)
  • Peacock Plant (Calathea roseopicta)

4 Simple Steps to Painting an Art Deco Style Planter | Gold & White

This weekend I really wanted to use up some of my craft supplies. I have a ton of acrylic paint I never use. I bought 2 small cement planters (flower pots, cachepots, etc.) from Jamali in the NYC floral district a little while ago with the intention of dressing them up. They look pretty but it’s often hard to find something that looks more unique. I think each one was around $3-4.

Just so you know, they do have an online store so you can buy from them online, but I didn’t see the actual product I bought on their site so if you happen to be in the NYC metro area, it might be worth physically going there. They are located 149 West 28th street between 6th and 7th aves and are open Monday through Saturday. Attention early risers: Jamali opens at 6:30 am and they close at 5pm so make sure you get there earlier in the day. It can get a bit crowded.

So this is how the planter turned out:

cement planter painted animation

I used an old paint brush that I had lying around, some leftover gold and white paint, and some artist masking tape. I tried regular masking tape first but it was a bit hard to pull off so the artist masking tape proved easier to use for this purpose.

Step 1: Apply the masking tape to the planter exterior

First, I applied the artist masking tape to the outside of the planter. I decided how I wanted to position the tape and how much of each color I wanted to show on each side.

Step 2: Use a brush to paint over the exposed areas

Then I used the brush to paint over the exposed areas coloring each segment. I tried to paint all of the sides in one sitting, which would have been manageable, but I needed a few of the sides to dry a little before finishing off the last side. I didn’t wait for the paint to completely dry before pulling off the tape. I was afraid that if I waited too long the paint might end up pulling the paint up with the tape if I waited for it all to dry.

Step 3: Finish the remaining fourth side

Carefully, I removed the tape as I painted the segments as I went along. After about 20 or so minutes of leaving it alone with 3 of the sides complete, I finished the last side.

Step 4: Fill it!

filled planter with ficus benjamina

Once it was all totally dry, I filled it with one of my plants that was outgrowing a terrarium. What plant is this you ask? It is a weeping fig, a popular indoor ornamental plant (ficus benjamina). I’ll probably devote a separate post on popular indoor species and a few of the things I’ve done to keep them happy.

Also, I have seen that people have used enamel — I believe enamel is oil-based, which is likely waterproof. The one I made is meant for indoor use only. If you want to waterproof this, you can get a spray paint clear gloss from Home Depot or Lowes to spray over your finished work. This will prevent the acrylic from coming off when exposed to the elements. I also think that even if you use enamel, it is still best to apply a clear gloss coat over your work if you plan on using the planter outside.

In general, I was amazed at how quickly the planter customization could be done. I was pleased with the result and happy that I could use up some of my art supplies that have not been getting much use.

planter_craft filled planter with ficus benjamina planter images