We've all seen this gorgeous book planter doing rounds on the Internet (ahem! Pinterest), and it had become sort of a borderline obsession for me. Last week, I got my shipment of mini succulents and the project was good to go.
It looks near impossible, but honestly, it was easy peasy! Not to mention how adorable they are! I cannot take my eyes off them!
As a book lover, the idea thrilled and hurt me at the same time. So I picked an old book, on a boring subject, and this way, it seemed to me like giving it 'new life' again!
And succulents don't need much water at all, so no worries about watering daily. They need just a few teaspoons of water about once in two weeks. They are happier in dry soil! Aren't they super-nice?
This project has been entered into the 'Low water Gardening' contest. If you like it, please vote!
For this project, you will need:
1. An old hardbound book, atleast 1.5" thick - the length depends on how many plant you want to fit in. I got mine from Goodwill ($2).
2. an X-acto knife or a good quality box cutter. ($4)
3. Elmer's glue ( or any other liquid glue) ($1)
4. Plastic sheet ( decently thick, or double line it). I cut off a roll of plastic drop cloths (98c). Just a thick plastic bag will do.
5. a brush (to spread the glue evenly) (98c)
6. Medium sized pebbles from Dollar Tree ($1)
7. Succulents from Succulent Source ($15 for 5 plants incl. shipping costs)
8. Fairy garden accessories (optional)
Note:I made the accessories myself by gluing tiny branches to make benches and doorways. The pathways are wood chips from the playground. The make-believe well is an empty tealight. Butterflies are from an old earring. Blue rocks are from potpourri mix.
1. Open the book to the page where you want the plants to 'pop out of'. Choose a pretty page. This will now be your planter's top / first page.
2. Pour a decent amount of glue on the three unbound sides of the book (excluding anything before and a few pages after your selected top page) and using your brush, spread it evenly and let dry completely.
3. Place weights on the book as the glue dries. Makes for a better bond.
This is quite an important step. The pages won't move while you're cutting out the insides of the book, making your work SO much easier!