Succulents are such a beautiful addition to any home.Â They add just a touch of freshness and color to any space. These DIY Faux Mini Succulent Plants are perfect for any space.
But I am the master of killing plants, so I had to think of a way to add succulents that required little to no maintence.
That’s when I stumbled across faux rock succulent plants.
I just love the simplicity of them and they were so easy to make.
My daughter and I spent an hour on Saturday making these faux succulent plant rocks and the painted pots. To my surprise my boys were just as excited to paint rocks. So we ended up painting rocks for hours just for the fun of it. Who knew rocks were so exciting?!? LOL
Anyways, these super cute DIY Succulent Plants are really easy to make. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience(which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you)! Read my Full disclosure HERE.
DIY Faux Mini Succulent Plants!
River Rocks 7-8 (We picked up a bag of these at Lowes for about $6- tons of extras for painting and future projects)
Crushed base rock about 1/2 a cup ( we picked this up at Lowe’s for about $4- we have tons of extra for future projects)
acrylic paint (green, white, black, pink or red) paints purchased at Hobby Lobby
(note: I also used a glitter gold on the terra cotta pot as well totally optional- you could actually use any colors you like)
1 Terra-cotta pot (less then $2 at Lowes as well)
1 empty plastic shopping bag or newspaper- anything really will work to fill the bulk of empty space in the terra-cotta pot
6 paper plates ( 2 for paints, 2 for the items you are painting and 2 for drying previously painted items)
1 small paint brush(combo pack purchased from hobby lobby previously)
1 foam sponge brush(combo pack purchased from Hobby Lobby previously)
1 pack of baby wipes (optional)
Step 1 paint the Terra Cotta pot
Firstly, I placed the terra-cotta pot on a paper plate upside down. I then placed the acrylic paint that I wanted to use on the outside of the terra-cotta pot on the second paper plate white and gold glitter.
Then I randomly added streaks of white around the terra-cotta pot with minimal paint on the foam sponge brush. After about a minute of drying I then coated the entire outer portion of the terra-cotta pot with the gold glitter acrylic paint.
Here is the terra-cotta pot all nice and painted and wet. The terra-cotta pot needed to dry so it was placed aside on a paper plate to dry.
Step 2 Paint the rocks
Now it was time for the fun part! Rock painting. It actually made me feel like a little kid. Painting rocks is a little tricky as they can be slippery so watch them closely or they can escape.
I pretty much repeated the same process for the rock painting, but first I had to wash and dry the rocks. I tried to also pick rocks that would fit in the pot together nicely(different sizes and shapes). I then put the rocks on a paper plate and paints on another it earlier with the terra-cotta pot.
Most of my rocks I wanted green, but I added white and black to make different shades of green. You could also add purple or gray hues if you prefer purple succulents. I also made a solid white rock just for fun.
The tricky portion is painting both sides and all around as the rocks are slippery when wet. I then placed the rocks on a paper plate to let them dry and wiped my fingers off with a baby wipe. You know baby wipes are good for almost everything!?! LOL
The rocks were then set aside to dry a paper plate for about 10 minutes before adding details.
step 3 add detail to your painted faux succulents plants
Next we added details to the rocks! Flowers, x’s, hearts, dots anything you like and in any colors you like(I used acrylic paint in pink, white and black with a small paint brush). I was going for a cute succulent look but the possibilities are endless really.
After your details are added to your rocks once again let them dry on the paper plate.
step 4 assemble your terra cotta faux succulent plant
Once everything is dry it’s time to assemble and arrange your new succulent rocks in their terra-cotta pot.
Take the terra-cotta pot and add your filler of chose until about an inch and 1/2 from the top. I simple used an empty plastic bag from Hobby Lobby for this, but you could use any smaller bag or crumbled paper.
Then take your crushed base rock(I washed and dried mine before use) and cover the filler almost to the top of your terra-cotta pot. Move the crushed base rock around so that you can not see your filler plastic bag.
Leave a little room from the top of the pot so you can push your painted faux mini succulent plants into the crushed base rock to hold them up.
Next take your painted faux mini succulent plant rocks and push them slightly into the crushed base rock carefully! You don’t want to scratch them up. Arrange them however you like.
step 5 let dry completely
I then let the entire project dry on top of a paper plate overnight.
Step 6 enjoy your DIY Faux mini succulent plant
Here’s my finished DIY Faux Mini Succulent Plant Rock Pot!
That’s it! All that’s left to do now is find the perfect home for you DIY Succulent Plant Rock Pot!
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