I’ve been looking for ideas for succulent centerpieces and containers to put all my lovely succulents in. A few weeks ago I saw this fun post by Victoria at A Subtle Revelry on how to make colored sand. She also happened to use succulents in her pieces so naturally I was drawn to the post. I had found some cute glass votives at the dollar store and wanted to use them for a succulent centerpiece but wasn’t really sure what to do. Once I saw this post I was inspired!
Rather than repeat Victoria’s steps for making the sand, I’ll let you stop by her amazing blog and follow her directions. It is a simple enough process, but her instructions are great. The hardest part for me was deciding what color of sand to do and how saturated I should have the colors. Oh, also, in case you were wondering… I do not live near a beach so I had to buy sand. Fortunately the dollar store near me is always stocked with awesome things. So, here are my supplies, all from the dollar store except the succulents. I purchased these cuttings from Daniel’s Specialty Nursery (they are from the group of cuttings I got to make my succulent wreath).
Once I decided the colors, I made up the sand, waited for it to dry, filled my little votives and added the succulents! I have to say I think they turned out pretty cute! If you were thinking about using succulent centerpieces for your wedding, you may want to consider doing something like this. Each piece ended up costing about $1.20 or less ($0.50 for the votive which came in a 2-pack, a minimal amount for the sand and food coloring, and about $0.60 for the succulent cutting).
One thing to note… your succulent is not likely to thrive very long in this cute little centerpiece. While it may last for a few months (watering a tiny amount once a week: you don’t want water to build up), your succulent will be happiest if transplanted after a little while to a pot that has more room for it to grow.
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