Saturday, April 27, 2013

Tutorial - Create Those Little Greenery Pots

I love the airy ferns, succulentts and beautiful little plants you see all over the place, but I really don't like the price tag on them. So I went to the Dollar Tree and then to Hobby Lobby.  I picked up  a selecton of bushes, styrofoam and a couple of succulents for around $20.  When I got home with all my loot I dug through my stash for pots, moss and inspiration.   These are the first 6 that I made.

Buy feathery type bushes that you can take apart to make several different arrangements.  All you need is a pair of wire cutters.

Take each stem and look at how many different stems you can create by cutting them up.

I still had so much greenery after the first 6 that I dug up a few more pots and made some more.   See the lemon topiary in the picture, you can see the tutorial for that one here.

I thought this little urn would be fun to add a wicker orb too.  I had a few sprigs of ivy in my stash, so I added that to the base.

 I used a small milk glass vase to hold this airy bush.  Great texture on this one.

 The succulent stem I bought had to buds, so I cut them apart and made two small little pots.

 I used a small white jar for this arrangement.  I still have over half of this bush left to make even more.

I put the urn with the wicker orb next to the rooster, I like how the added texture compliments the lamp.

This is a small table, but the urn and a small equestrian bowl work. 

 I am still playing with vignettes, so I will show you where I am using the rest of them later, but I did use two of the small feathery plants on my desk with the topiary I made last week.  You can see that post here.

 I really like the added greenery, it adds so much texture and color to the workspace.

 Just these two would have cost me close to $20, so I really got a lot of bang for my buck.  Plus the topiary you see is one I made last week for around $5.

I love decorating with plants, but keeping a real one alive is not my strong point, so faux will have to be it.  I have several more to make,  so I will show you those later.  How about you, do you faux?

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  1. I love greenery but I don't like the large price tags. These are really great! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Those are really nice. If one was to buy them individually at PB they would be a lot of money.

    It's hard to keep regular houseplants in AZ alive. In California I never had a problem.

  3. I have to use fake greenery in our home because our cats chew/eat the real plants. I have placed it around the house, and the cats don't bother the fake ones. lol Thanks for sharing yours. LC

  4. Looking good, Marty. I don't really have a green thumb and killed real succulents last year so I bought some faux ones at Michaels that really look real. Can't kill those.

  5. love it marty, especially the succulents! This would look good with my milk glass collection too, thanks for the idea and for sharing!

  6. It all looks so pretty! I love greenery too, and you have inspired me! Have a great weekend!!

  7. Marty I love adding bits of green! You did an amazing job and so frugal too!LOVE all of your vignettes!
    Happy weekend :-)

  8. Marty - silk greenery bushes fear me and my wire cutters. LOL I rarely leave one in its original form. I love all of your cute arrangements. They will be so fun to tuck here and there to add some texture and color to your vignettes. Hope you're having a great weekend. xxoo

  9. What excellent ideas! Thank you for visiting my blog. Nell : )

  10. Very nice - you did a great job, and nice price! I used to have many house plants in other places I lived, but not here, so have resorted to faux, and one pot of live potho(had since late 80's). I have 3 small faux succulents I bought at pier1 few years ago.
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

  11. Your little pots are so cute and I love the life that greenery adds to a room. Hoping you are having a great weekend, Marty.

  12. I love the little pots Marty and you gave me such a good idea to do for my kitchen. Thank you so much sweet lady. Hope you're having a lovely weekend.

  13. Me too them but have a hard time keeping them alive! My house doesn't have good light for many plants! Really like your "faux" greenery!

  14. They all are great, and perfect for tucking in a small spot or in a vignette. I really like your choice of containers and greenery.

  15. I do faux! I have real plants, but some of the faux ones are just as pretty. Love what you've done, and the price is unbeatable!

  16. These look really great Marty. I'm pretty sure I have some pots stashed in that messy laundry room of mine. Faux is fabulous! Blessings, Patti

  17. Inside I do faux...I just can't seem to keep them alive...I love yours! good job!

  18. Don't ask me how or why but I got a majorly green thumb. No faux here.

  19. These look wonderful! I saw some in ballard designs but they were really pricey!
    Thanks so much for sharing this!

  20. They all came out so great! Love the one you added the orb. Hope you are having a great weekend

  21. These turned out great!! You can always find a little spot for something like this...Love it!!~~Angela

  22. Marty, those are just so sweet. I love little plants Like those and have potted some real ones for my Fairy garden. For touches all over the house those would be perfect. LOVE em'
    YOU are so clever! :)

  23. These are neat, Marty. The little airy one that you put in the milk glass vase is spanish moss. I would know that stuff anywhere. I have never seen it in faux. Is it plastic or dried?
    You really make a lot of nice pots.
    Have a blessed Sunday, Ginger

  24. These would make great hostess gifts wouldn't they. Nice job.

  25. Very creative Marty! And being faux, you don't have to worry about watering them! The way you have put them together they look so fresh and natural, thanks for sharing this great idea!

  26. What great little pots you came up with Marty....thanks for the ideas. Yes, I wholeheartedly agree that little "green things" make a HUGE difference in any vignette or arrangement. In fact many, many, times I will see an arrangment and notice that it looks "off". Nine times out of 10, what is missing is something green!! It makes everything look so much better. Thanks for the reminder!! Love what you did, and the topiary is very nice! Blessings, Linda

  27. Marty,
    LOVE these little plants in your vignette, dear friend!!!
    Those two smaller ones retail for $22 each at a local Gift Shop here!
    I like faux for fillers in my home deocr.
    I don't seem to be able to keep real ferns and ivy alive.
    Great budget~friendly decorating!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  28. Yes, I do faux! That's the only way I can have greenery of any kind around my home, I just don't have a green thumb!
    I love what you have done with the succulents especially, I was at Lowes the other day and for a small container they wanted $10.00 so I passed. I'd rather have the faux they last so much better!

  29. Faux is fun and doing this makes it frugal, too! My faves are the succulents. :-)Sue

  30. These are so cute, Marty.

  31. Hi Marty! Had to come back to thank you sooo much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday! Love all of your "faux"!!!

  32. This was a pretty thrifty idea Marty! Really nice potted greenery. Love the ivy with the orb.

  33. This is such a great idea for making your own greenery filled pots. I love adding touches of greenery around my home and usually resort to easy to maintain!
    Mary Alice

  34. Great job. Faux does serve it's purpose, but if possible, I prefer real.

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  35. Very pretty! I love the wicker orb and the succulents :)

  36. Very cute idea. You made it look so easy. These would be great little Mother's day gifts.
    There is nothing like a little greenery to warm up a home.

  37. Great idea Marty!
    I love how they turned out, and I love how many you were able to make.
    You clever gal you!
    Hugs friend,

  38. Love these, Marty!!
    There is always room for a bit of greenery!!


  39. Thanks Marty for the great tips on creating such beautiful greenery...the plants are just beautiful in your home!!...

  40. Those all look wonderful, Marty! I do that same thing -- try to buy bushes of faux flora and then cut them apart. You do get so much more for your money. I do a combo of real and faux around our home, but some of the faux these days look so real!

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  42. So sweet. Thanks for sharing them at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

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