Last year, I had the opportunity to attend the Pinners Conference & Expo 2019 in downtown Dallas. What an enjoyable experience! I got a hotel room nearby and made a trip of it.
The conference speakers were and represented a cross-section of craft modalities across the board. They had a plethora of classes to take and I booked myself full each day. I was impressed by the range of opportunities, including both crafting and business classes for crafters as well.
One of the skills I learned there has turned into a fun hobby. While I was looking through the catalog at the conference, I decided to venture into new areas. The succulent classes piqued my interest. I've appreciated their look for years and even designed spaces with succulent arrangements. So one afternoon, I tried my hand at a succulent wreath and a succulent holder, which are pictured below. Aren’t they gorgeous!?
Each class had a kit that you would purchase, containing everything needed for the craft. For mine, the instructor brought live succulents with her from California! Impressive. When I was making the wreath, I was leery of hot gluing them, but the instructor encouraged us to get over it. These succulents are far heartier than I was giving them credit for. I love how both projects turned out!
After the convention, I was walking through a craft store and spotted their lovely assortment of faux succulents. I was inspired to try my hand at making some similar arrangements at home. I bought all kinds of containers (I mean, half off, I had to!) and a variety of faux succulents. I am a serial crafter y’all and yes, it has taken over my pantry!
This was an easy and fun project. I just added moss to the bottom of the basket, cut the stems for the faux succulents, and stacked and tucked away. The purple eucalyptus I had also purchased looked lovely, but I decided it was too much – the succulents needed to be the star of the show! The final touch was a "hello" metal sign I attached to the front of the basket. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. So happy, in fact, that I ended up doing a porch refresh all around this style, including an address sign.
Below are some more photos of projects and gifts I've given clients and friends. I think they're wonderful examples of the stylish fun you can have with succulents. Their lush look and beautiful colors liven up any space – they make a thoughtful handmade gift, too. Give it a try and let me know what kind of magic you come up with!