These bell cups are so easy to personalize and look great with succulents in them! In just a few minutes you’ll have a fun new planter for your succulents!
I’ve been trying to find some unique containers for succulents and came across these bell cups (I thought they were wood cups, but apparently they grow this way!). I knew immediately they would be perfect for succulents.
I’ve been wanting to add some more color to my pottery collection and this was a fun project to do that with. You can jazz up these cute planters in just a few minutes. They’d make great gifts too!
I’m not kidding when I say dressing up these bell cups will only take a few minutes. You can also do so many different things with them: add gold leafing, use a metallic paint pen, paint them bright colors. Just click on the links to get these products and do the projects yourself!
- Bell Cups
- Gold Pen or Gold Leaf Sheets
- Glue (for gold leaf)
- Craft Paint and Paint Brush
- Masking or Washi Tape
- White Top Dressing
I tried quite a few different options and love having the mis-matched variety. I think my favorite technique is to use the paint pens. My least favorite is definitely the gold foil. Here are each of the techniques I tried and a little about them!
To prep the cups, just make sure they are clean and have a hole in the bottom for water to drain out. I used an awl to poke through the holes that were already in the cups and made them slightly larger.
I used a small paint set when I made this project, but I’ve since been converted to these Martha Stewart craft paints. The colors are gorgeous and the paint goes on extremely well!
For the first ball I masked off an area using masking tape. Then, I painted the lower half of the ball. I created a steep angle so the ball wasn’t split right in half. Once the paint is dry remove the masking tape. I really like how this turned out! Using the tape created a really clean line which I love. You could also free-hand the line for a more raw look.
Then I thought it would be fun to paint the whole cup except for a stripe in the middle. This time I used washi tape since it was thinner than my masking tape. I created a slightly wavy line with the tape (make sure to press the edges down really well) and then painted over the whole thing. Remove the washi tape after the paint is completely dry. Pretty easy!
For this cup I used the end of a pencil to create polka dots all over. It was really simple to do and has a fun feel to it! It’s also a nice contrast to the lines on the other two balls.
I’ve been wanting to try using gold foil and thought a small project like this would be a good way to experiment. Turns out… I don’t really like gold foil! To create this look, use spray adhesive on the lower portion of the ball. Then, take a piece of gold foil and gently press it onto the ball.
If you want something perfect you may want to tape off an area like I did with the paint. I found the foil to be unforgiving and really messy. The foil is really delicate and hard to control. It rips easily and quickly sticks to the adhesive on the ball. That said, I love how it looks!
This was my favorite way to decorate these cups. I had plenty of control and still got the fun metallic look. I’m a little addicted to gold right now… Plus, you can do so many things with the pens.
I tried blocking out a section on the top of the cup, drawing triangles (another favorite at the moment), and drawing random lines. These pens are so easy to use and dry pretty quickly. I think you’ll really love using them. I know I did!
Once you have all your pots decorated the way you’d like, it’s time to fill them with succulents! The pots are small enough you likely won’t need to add any extra soil. Just put the whole plant in!
After you have the succulents in, add the top dressing to cover the soil. This is one of my favorite parts of the project actually! It adds a finished look and feels modern and chic. The rocks will also prevent soil from coming out as easily when you water.
What will you do to decorate your bell cups? This is such a fun project and so easy to do. Plus, it only takes a few minutes. So if you’re looking for a unique gift idea or just want to add more succulents to your home (and who doesn’t?), give these a try!