Here’s a weekend craft project for you featuring plants, wine and dinosaurs. I’m not the most green-fingered person but it is always nice to have some plants around the house. Cacti are pretty much my limit when it comes to care but I love succulents and I’m hoping that by housing them in an awesome planter will encourage me to look after them.
You will need:
Selection of cacti and succulent plants, mine were between £1.50 and £3.00 each from Dobbies
Deep plant saucer, this one was £5.00 from B&Q
Plasti-Kote spray paint in your choice of colours, again these three were from B&Q
Plastic dinosaurs, from, er, nephews toy box
Also pictured is an optional drip feeder, £1.00 from Dobbies
Not pictured are the soil and the wine corks (we’ll get to those)
Step 1. Lay out newspaper in a well ventilated area. Outside is best, but don’t try to do this on a windy day, like I did!
Step 2. Following the instructions on the can, spray in thin, even layers onto a clean, dust free surface. Leave to dry between coats. N.B. The dinosaurs were actually a bit tricky to spray paint. If I was doing this again I would just paint them by hand with acrylic paint as they are so small.
Step 3. Plant your babies! Place a layer of soil in the planter, position each plant how you want it, then fill around, compacting the soil as you go – just be careful of the cactus spikes!
I got to this stage and felt that it needed something else, so… wine bottle corks!
Step 4. Grab a few wine bottle corks (make sure they are the genuine cork material, not the plastic ones). Using a serrated knife, slice them up and pop them around the outside of your planter.
Step 5. Pop in the drip feeder (if using) and position the dinosaurs.
I’m pretty happy with how this turned out. Now, what else can I spray paint?