How To Make Next-Level DIY Succulent Pots

The amazing thing about succulents is that they are extremely low-maintenance. Unlike dogs, which require a lot of attention, demand frequent trips outside, and are constantly making messes – let alone the extra expenses that come along as they age – succulents are easy-breezy.

Furthermore, it’s amazing to when you step back and realize that there is a succulent that can grow just about anywhere. They can grow without soil, without space; the only thing that succulents need is a misting now and then, and sometimes they can survive for a while without that. That means whatever creative spot you can find can most likely grow a succulent. Here are some of the most unique planters for succulents that can spice up your plant mom lifestyle.

Driftwood centerpieces are great for the rustic aesthetic you’ve been fighting for but can’t quite get to yet. Rustic is hard to achieve, but just by drilling a few holes in a nice crusty piece of driftwood and planting a couple of succulents in that soon-to-be centerpiece, you’re a little closer. This idea is easy because driftwood is free, and if you have a drill, all you need are the succulents to get this party started.

Lightbulb planters are perfect for a light-filled apartment. Hung by the window, they can cast beautiful green shadows across the room. Don’t believe it? Try it yourself. Take old, burnt out lightbulbs and carefully remove the bottom. Pull out all of the circuitings and get ready to be amazed as your succulent thrives. The best part about these is that they are easily hung, and once you get a collection, you have a cool effect. Not only that, they only use materials that you’ll have anyway; burnt-out lightbulbs aren’t exactly in demand.

Plastic toy planters, for if you don’t know how you got all of these children’s toys and don’t know what to do with them. Just carve out part of the toy and open it up for a succulent to sit inside. Most of these toys have a hollow center, which makes them easy to open up. You can even paint these bad boys and have a cooler look for your planters. There is nothing quite like a row of gold-painted dinosaurs lined up on the windowsill with small succulents growing out of their backs, necks and heads. If you don’t have plastic children’s toys, they are easy enough to find almost anywhere.

Aquarium terrariums are great if you have just enough skill to keep a plant alive and not quite enough talent to keep a fish. If you recently have had a sad experience with a fish, make the pain go away by planting tons of little succulents in your recently vacated aquarium. Aquariums can hold plenty of succulents, and the former fish decorations can hold some as well, making an interesting mini garden in your living room. Just remember to give it a mist every once in a while, and you’ll have a beautiful terrarium that’s always changing and growing. Far more interesting than any fish.

Eggshell starters can start any plant, or they can house succulents for extended periods. The calcium in an eggshell is good for any plant. These are also free because you’re already buying the inside of the eggshell. You might as well use the whole egg. Eggshell starters are also fun because you can draw or paint on the eggs, or even dye them Easter colors, and then plant in them, and you have a creative plant themed centerpiece.

Clay potters are easy and fully customizable. Any clay works, and once it’s completely dry, you can plant any type of succulent inside. Some popular designs include animal-themed clay pots and patterned pots, but you can make whatever your heart desires. That’s the beauty of clay pots: you make them however you want.

Up Your DIY Easter Egg Game

Spring is just around the corner, and while we’ve been busy trying various methods of training our new puppy not to bark so much, it’s time to get back to writing. As we all know, with Spring comes Easter. As the season approaches, it’s natural to turn thoughts to decorations as well as the traditional Easter Egg Hunt. You may have fond memories of children joyously searching for brightly colored eggs while adults watch or help. 

Are you wondering how to recreate those fun Easter memories? You could just purchase plastic eggs or commercially produced egg dyes. Those seem a little impersonal and perhaps just a little boring, though. Instead, up to your DIY Easter egg game with creative ideas that add personality to your eggs.

Make Your Own Dyes

There are a variety of egg dyes available for purchase. Most of them involve dissolving a tablet in vinegar and adding water. This year, why not make your own dyes? Many fruits, vegetables, and other natural elements can be used to create your own environmentally safe dyes. The colors from homemade dyes are not exactly the same as the ones from the dissolvable tablets. They may be more muted or variegated. 

Tie-Dyed Eggs

Take a step beyond simple dyed eggs by tie-dying them. Before dipping your eggs into your chosen dye, use rubber bands or painter’s tape to mark areas of the egg that should not receive the dye. Dip your eggs and allow them to dry. Then, remove the rubber bands or tape. Place tape or rubber bands over the dyed areas and re-dip the eggs in a new color. Repeat this process as often as you’d like to achieve the look you want. 

Bedazzled Eggs

Nothing catches the eye quite like glitter or jewels. Take plain dyed eggs to the next level with simple bedazzlement. Imagine eggs that sparkle brilliantly in the sunlight. These are simple to create, but they have a powerful wow factor. For this technique, you start by dying the eggs as you normally would. Allow your eggs to dry thoroughly. Then, use glue to make patterns, polka dots, or any other artistic creation. Sprinkle glitter or place jewel pieces on the glue. Allow the eggs to dry thoroughly once again. 

Eggstraordinary Canvas

You’ve boiled a couple of dozen eggs, but now you don’t know how to decorate them. Why not let guests decorate their own? Permanent markers make wonderful decorating tools for the white surface of the eggs. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and with this decorating option, people can create any number of artistic masterpieces. Each egg provides a blank canvas, and all that is left to do is draw or color on those canvases.

Egg Creatures

What could be more fun than making little creatures from your eggs? Rabbits, cats, chickens, or even unicorns can be created with a little imagination. These are only a few of the ideas for eggs turned animals. These can be created by painting the egg to resemble the animal, by using fabric or paper to create ears, noses, and tails, or by combining the methods. You can even glue googly eyes on them for a fun touch. 

Metallically Elegant

Whimsically fun designs are not for everyone. Sometimes, you want a more elegant touch to your Easter festivities. When that is the case, you might want to opt for a metallic look. Metallic paint pens are an ideal way to create this look. Alternatively, you can glue metallic foil to the surface of your eggs for a similar look. 

Eggs and Easter seem to be perfectly matched. Decorating eggs is a fun way to celebrate the holiday. Whether you use boiled eggs or paintable wooden ones, have fun being creative with your Easter eggs. 

Homemade Rose Amaretto Jello Shots Recipe

This pink, bubbly concoction is perfect for holidays, spring, summer, ok any time of year really let’s be honest. Rosé amaretto jello shots are a delicious adult treat that is served up in sweet little coupe glasses(short-stemmed champagne glasses), making you feel like a fancy big kid. So, what makes up this precious, pink drink you may ask? Well, a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and voila! Just kidding, we totally have the recipe listed down below with step by step instructions on how to prepare them.

Ingredients  

This recipe will make four large shots or 6 to 8 small shots depending on the glasses used.

1 1/4 cups rosé sparkling wine

1/4 cup amaretto 

1/4 cup club soda

1/4 cup of simple syrup*

2 packets of unflavored gelatin

Garnish: Berries, cherries, or citrus

*Since amaretto is sweet, if you use a sweet rosé then you may want to lessen the amount of simple syrup. 

Instructions

To start, add the simple syrup and club soda to a small pan. Add the gelatin packets last and let sit for about 2 minutes. After the mixture has sat, warm over medium heat and stir continuously. Once the gelatin has dissolved, pour the mixture into a medium to a large bowl.

To the bowl, add the rosé and amaretto and stir. Next, pour equal amounts of the mixture into glasses. At this time place any fruit you want in the bottom so it can set with the gelatin mixture. Lastly, chill in the fridge for 3 to 4 hours or until ready to serve. Serve with a spoon and a citrus slice hanging on the rim, or citrus peel shaved atop the drink. 

This recipe can be placed in heart molds for Valentine’s, square molds to resemble ice, or in little plastic shot cups for a large party. The garnish choices for this jello shot recipe are endless. Any berry, cherry, or citrus will do. Get creative and serve it as a refreshing adult dessert at a patio party or bridal shower.  

As mentioned above, the sweet almond flavor of the amaretto and the rosé in addition to the simple syrup could make it too sweet for some. Have fun and play with the flavor combinations until you find the flavor that puts a smile on your face.  

Helpful Tips

  • Set glasses on a tray for easy handling to the fridge 
  • Be sure the gelatin completely dissolves when heating
  • Use a wide mouth funnel to help you pour into glasses
  • When placing in the fridge, be sure to cover
  • Gelatin shots will last about 7 to 10 days in the fridge
  • You can add food coloring to brighten the drink’s color
  • Avoid setting in the freezer, the fridge is best
  • Use flavored gelatin to add another level of flavor

Jello shots are always such a fun adult treat to have at a party or take to an event. Our version above can be made in any glass or dish to suit your needs. This refreshingly sweet and tasty drink can of course be made without the gelatin. Just simply mix up and serve in tall Tom Collins glasses over ice. Drink and enjoy!