DIY Gold Succulent Figurines

Gold Succulent Figurines | Inside the Fox Den

Hi friends,

So earlier this week I got my daily morning email from Dot & Bo at work, which is a lovely way to start the day. It’s always filled with great products and loads of inspiration. Normally I browse the specific collection for that day for a while, see a bunch of great stuff, but don’t see anything that I absolutely HAVE to have. That day was different. That day I stumbled upon these:

Gold Cactus Figures

I loved them. I had to have them. Unfortunately, a bunch of other people felt that way as well because they were all sold out. Womp, womp.

So I went on about my day, drawing up a plan in AutoCAD for a new project, when inspiration struck. I remembered hearing out in the blogosphere that Dollar Tree started selling fake succulents, but I hadn’t checked them out yet.

I passed a Dollar Tree on my way home. Succulents were pretty similar to cacti. I had gold spray paint sitting on a shelf at home. I could make these!

I added Dollar Tree to my list of errands, picked up a few of the nicer succulents, and started my project.

Supplies Needed:

  • Fake Succulents
  • Mini Terra Cotta Pots
  • Gold Spray Paint

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This is what your succulent will look like when you pick them up from Dollar Tree. You do have the option of keeping the pot that it already comes with, but I wanted something a bit nicer so I picked up a pack of 3 mini terra cotta pots.

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Remove your succulent from the Styrofoam and set aside.

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Using a knife (preferably not serrated) carefully slide between the Styrofoam and the plastic pot to loosen the Styrofoam.

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Once it’s loose, you should be able to pop it out easily.

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Squish (and I do mean squish) the Styrofoam down into the terra cotta pot.

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Place your succulent back into the Styrofoam.

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Take your potted succulent somewhere where you can spray paint (I used my garage) and set some newspaper underneath. Spray a few even, thin coats of gold spray paint onto your succulent and let dry.

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I’m super happy with how they turned out. Yes, I still want the gold cacti, but this was a great (cheap) alternative. And they’ll really pop against my built in bookshelves that I painted white this weekend. :)


The parties I’m linking to are Making Monday, Creative Collection, Show Me Saturday, That DIY Party, Frugal Crafty Home Blog, Mad Skills, Plucky’s Second ThoughtShow and Share, Merry MondayShow and TellDo Tell Tuesday, Wow Us WednesdaysWork It Wednesday, and The Makers.


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