DIY: Succulent Gift

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My brother’s girlfriend, who I also consider a dear friend and part of my family, had a birthday not too long ago. I knew I wanted to give her succulents because I remembered her talking about wanting some fairly recently. I considered trying to order some somehow and have them sent to her (since they live 3 hours from me). But it worked out that I was going to be able to see her for a birthday dinner celebration for her and my husband. So, I decided to put together a little something myself.

I thought about planting several plants in one pot. And I was actually tempted to buy one of those pre-made arrangements in the garden sections of Lowe’s and WalMart, however they looked like they needed some extra attention. But I nixed both of those notions when I found the perfect basket and pots to go inside. I located the storage basket in the bathroom organization section at WalMart, and I found the white pots in the garden center at WalMart as well. I was amazed at how perfectly snug the pots rested in the basket. I picked out a couple of succulents at WalMart, but they didn’t have a big enough selection so I ran by my local Home Improvement Center (Stine) to grab one more as well as a bag of fast draining soil. I got home and planted each succulent in its own pot, set the pots inside the basket, then enjoyed a couple hour car ride with my husband to meet my family. The basket was a great way to transport the potted plants and it was useful gift “packaging.” My recipient loved her gift, and I loved giving it to her.

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The great thing about this gift is that you can choose what you want to spend on supplies. Small clay pots can usually be found for about $1.50 or less — I love the neutrality of clay and thought I would buy them for my gift, but I couldn’t pass up these pretty white ceramic pots…and they were only $3.00 each — or you could purchase a beautiful decorative pot in which to group succulents for anywhere from $5 to probably $200 or more. You could also use a small tray from the dollar store to display a pot collection or a nice basket from Pottery Barn. Options are seemingly endless, and I love that no matter what you choose, you still have that special homemade feel if you do the planting and arranging yourself!

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