Not long ago my girl and I had some time to thrift, just the two of us. It was a fun afternoon. I unearthed some wooden salad bowls destined for a makeover!
We stopped by one of my regular hot spots where we acquired 5 wooden salad bowls. Two large serving bowls and three little bowls. Along with a load of other items. Here is a shot of our goodies..
What to do with these beauties? Well, turn them into a DIY succulent planter, of course!
I decided to hop on the succulent bandwagon. I’ve been holding out, for no particular reason, but decided today was the day to join the gang.
My goal was to make the dish un-salad bowl-ish and reusable for other things once I kill off the succulents…as I’m sure I will. I have a great yard, but the indoor variety and I have yet to become bff’s.
Wooden Salad Bowl Makeover – DIY Succulent Planter
This summer I was given some samples of Fusion Mineral Paint and different Decoupage varieties so I put them to use here. The buttermilk cream color won me over because I can just see a great fall scape in this bowl once I knock off the plants. Don’t you think pumpkins will look cute with this color?
Anyway…I have a thing for jute and wanted to add some handles and rustic accents to my new dish. Using painter’s tape I marked off where to drill holes to accept the new rope handle. The tape has two purposes. One, it is a good place to mark drill guides. Two, it helps the wood not split while drilling. The second being the biggest tip.
I started with a smaller bit to make a pilot hole and went back with a 5/16″ bit to finish it out.
It took two coats of the Fusion paint for full coverage, but it went on great! This was my first experience with this paint. It says you don’t need to seal it, but I used a wax sealer strictly because I like the finished look it gives.
Next I threaded six lengths of jute twine and knotted the inside end. After braiding the twine I threaded it through the other hole and knotted that end.
Here comes the decoupage. I pretty much coated a length of twine with the decoupage medium and started free handing a swirly design, adding glue with a paintbrush as I went. Next, I reversed the design and did it again.
As for the succulents I used a plastic plant tray to line the bowl. I filled it with a layer of gravel, then potting soil. Succulents don’t like to have their feet wet, so the gravel should help with that.
I love the pop of color and the fresh, fun texture a succulent garden has to offer. Now, let’s just hope it lasts.
I hope you enjoyed this salad bowl succulent planter. Be sure to pin this project if you like it!
Let me know what you think I should do with the other bowls…I’d love to hear your ideas!
He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs Psalm 107:35
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