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Mini Succulent Arrangements Project

Erin Pikor

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I love all tings tiny! After buying a few hundred pumice stones, that I never used in those gift sets I was going to make, I decided on a new use for them! These tiny succulents arrangements are easy to make with a few simple tools and supplies.

You can use found stones and wood bark pieces, or buy items found online or at your local craft store.

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Let’s get started!

You’ll need:

  • a hot glue gun and hot glue

  • baby succulents, air plants, dried preserved flowers or artificial plants/flowers of your choice.

  • a base for the arrangement such as stones, branches, or bark chips. Make sure the surface is porous or hot glue won’t stick very well.

  • sphagnum moss

  • Butter knife or something made of metal that will dig into a pumice stone. I have used old wood carving tools that were dull, or small spoons. The process will dull whatever you use, so it is best to find something that you won’t use again for food, or need to keep sharp.

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Optional:

  • decorative items such as preserved moss, sand, glitter, mini sea shells or starfish. Really anything you like and have around the house.

  • toothpicks or wooden sticks (chopstick, popsicle, you get the idea) to pack moss around plants delicately, and to press decorations into hot glue so it doesn’t burn your fingers!

  • rubber gloves for handling anything that has not be disinfected.

  • fishing line - it is great to tie off moss that won’t hold together by itself.

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Steps:

1) First you want to make sure your base and sphagnum moss are disinfected.

  • To disinfect stones and sphagnum moss boil in water for 15 minutes and let the water cool to a manageable temperature before removing stones or moss to avoid burns

  • To disinfect wood bark or wood branches I soak for an hour in water then bake in a preheated 250 degree oven for an hour. Always monitor anything flammable in the oven! You can also boil the wood but it will take longer depending on the thickness, as the internal temperature must reach 180 degrees fahrenheit.

2) Get those baby succulents! Here are some ideas:

  • If you have any growing in your yard or in planters check for fallen leaves that have started growing baby plants. They do that! So Cool! The baby succulents don’t need to have grown roots yet, but if you do find little pink roots shooting out from the new plant, try and keep those in tact as you remove the baby from the mother leaf. Don’t forget to ask your succulent enthusiast neighbors or friends!

  • You can take a clippings of an existing succulent that might have an offshoot growing from a stem.

  • If scavenging for them isn’t an option, then call your local plant nursery to see if they sell tiny succulents.

  • If you are having a hard time finding baby succulents, artificial plants and airplants make an excellent alternative. You can also use dried preserved plants or just make a pretty moss arrangement!

3) The rest is just a matter of gathering your items, seeing that they look nice together, and gluing! For the pumice arrangement specifically here is my method - make sure you are in a well ventilated area, or outside!

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  • Decide which side is going to be face up, and slowly and gradually scrape off layers to dig a crater in the pumice stone with your butter knife, or other tool. This will create dust that you won’t want to breathe in so again be sure to do this in a well ventilated area. Make the crater gradually by scraping off many layers of stone and apply more pressure where you want the crater to be deepest. Be sure not to apply too much pressure as it can crack the pumice stone. Some stones will crack regardless so it’s good to have a few for backup!

  • Wrap the base of you clipping with damp moss. It is easiest to work with the sphagnum moss when its damp, but if you are having trouble keeping it together, here is where that fishing line comes in handy.

  • Apply hot glue liberally to the crater in your stone and push in the plant moss side down. Use a chopstick, popsicle stick - whatever you have around to push it firmly without breaking any delicate succulent leaves.

And that’s it! To care for your new mini arrangement keep it misted regularly or place in a dish with water and pebbles. They require less misting in moist environments like terrariums or at the base of any water loving house plants you might have.

 

Easy DIY Flower Gift tags!

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These pretty paper flower gift tags are inexpensive and perfect for any occasion! 

This easy project is kid friendly as well!

You'll need:

1/8 inch hole punch

Paper gift tags 3inches long or larger

Paper flowers

Brads in silver or gold

Step 1: Punch a hole about 1-1.25 inches from the end of your gift tag. I am using a 3 inch gift tag and a 1/8 inch hole punch.

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Step 2: Choose 3-4 paper flowers in different sizes. Starting with the smallest flower, slide onto the brad. The flowers should come with pre punched holes to make this easy! NOTE: the flowers will have a front and back, The front if the side cubed up and you will want to put the brad through the front side so the petals curve upwards.

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Step 3: put the brad through the hole in the tag and bend the legs of the brad flat. NOTE: You can cover the legs of the brad with a little white sticker or round kraft sticker!

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Homemade rose water

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This time of year every time I walk out the front door I get the heady waft of of roses at the peak of bloom and sometimes I shut my eyes and breathe deeply lingering for a few moments to imprint the scent on my memory.

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I decided to try capturing the delicate scent by attempting some homemade rose water! From what I know of the process I thought a home set up might be do-able and got to work searching the interweb for some methods! I found some things, made a slight modification and went to work with rudimentary household utensils (thought I was, in my mind, acquiring glass do-dads and pipe, rubber stopper and connector thingys and burners like a mad scientist to make something a little more sophisticated - next project!).

TIP: You can use your rose water by itself as a refreshing toner or add 10% witch hazel to make an astringent!

Stuff you will need

• about 8 oz of fresh rose petals - preferably that are chemical free and picked in the morning

If you don’t have roses as a neighbor or see if a local florist will give/sell you old roses (that they will probably throw out anyway)

NOTE: I made 2 oz of rose water with 8 oz of fresh petals

• double boiler with a steamer

• ramekin or small heat safe dish

• tin foil ( a stainless steel bowl will work better)

• ice

• filtered or distilled water

Glass jar for storing your rose water

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What to do:

This process will take 3-4 hours depending on how many rose petals you pick.

1) clean the picked petals - mine were covered in insects and spiders so I just filled the pot holding my petals to the top with water to flush critters out.

2) set up your pot. Fill the bottom with water so the steamer pan is about 1 inch above the level of the water. Place the ramekin in the center.

3) Put petals around the ramekin, you can really stuff them in just make sure they sit at or below the level of your ramekin.

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4) place a sheet of foil over the top so that it is in a concave shape - you can also use a stainless steel bowl.

5) set water to boil and then simmer - put a few ice cubes on the top of your foil - you will have to keep refilling ice and emptying water so a bowl would indeed be better for this! Just make sure the lowest point of the bowl sits above the ramekin and that it completely seals the top of the pot so that rose water does not escape!

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6) You will have to refill rose petals every half hour or so - do not remove old ones. You will already see the rose water in the ramekin after just 30 minutes!You may also have to add more water to the double boiler, but just add a few ounces at a time so it does not breach the bottom of the steam pan. After you have added your last batch of rose petals let the whole thing steam for another hour and then you are done! Discard rose petals into the compost heap or back into your garden soil.

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Place the rose water in a sterile glass jar and keep in the refrigerator - lasts about a week.

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Has anyone tried making floral water with other types of flowers? If so what did you make and what was your method!

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