For more of my DIY planters to help you decorate with plants, check out this post!
We made sleek succulent centerpieces using a utensil holder from the Ikea kitchen department. All of the supplies we used were from Ikea except the soil. And the total for the project was under $20!
Here’s a shot of my table from my IG stories:
And me being a little excited about my sign. (You’ll also see that the amazing Lindsay from Shrimp Salad Circus was there in the afternoon!)
Today I’m sharing the whole DIY for this project so that even those of you who couldn’t make it to the College Park Ikea can make one. 🙂
Here’s what you’ll need for this DIY!
(Ikea provided me with the supplies for this DIY. Thanks, Ikea!)
- Variera Utensil Tray
- Succulent plant
- Uppehall votive holders, 4 pack
- Sinnlig votive candles, 4 pack
- Can of Kulort crushed glass in black
- Succulent/cactus potting soil
- Optional: Painter’s tape and paint
And here’s how you do it!
Step 1: Grab your Variera utensil tray to get started. It’s made out of bamboo and is way too pretty to tuck away in a kitchen drawer, don’t you think?
First, dump a very thin layer of soil into the tray.
Step 2: Take your succulent out of its pot and use your fingers to break up the soil and roots. You want the succulent to be able to fit in the shallow utensil tray without being too tall. Set it in the middle of the tray and pack in some potting soil around it so that it stays put.
Step 3: Set two of the votive holders on either side of the succulent and fill in soil around them. Pack the soil in so that you can take the votive holder out and not have the soil cave in. You’ll probably get some soil in the holders while you’re filling the tray, so you want to be able to clean them out! You’ll also want to be able to take them out to replace the candles when they burn out.
Step 4: Once you’ve finished packing the soil into the entire utensil holder, pop your candles into the votive holders.
Step 5: Dump a layer of Kulkort rocks over the soil. The goal is to cover the soil and make it look like the utensil holder is only full of rocks…it looks very zen. 🙂
And you’re done!
An optional step is to add a design onto your utensil holder. I used painter’s tape and DecoArt Americana Decor Metallics in Tin to add a geometric design onto one side of mine.
But I gave that one away to a lucky winner at the workshop, so I don’t have any great pics of it. You can see it in some of the tutorial steps above and in the shot I posted of the whole set up at Ikea:
This was such a fun experience, and I’m looking forward to hopefully doing another one again in the future! Thanks for having me, Ikea College Park!
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