Copper Leaf Planters

 

Copper leafed containers, pots, planters, turquoise, moon cactus, cacti, triangles, succulents You’ve probably seen these little guys floating around on Pinterest:

the moon cactus. I absolutely adore them, they’re precious! Sadly though, they do not live long for lack of chlorophyll but with a graft they they can live a little longer (which these have and you can buy them just like this at Lowe’s). Though, they’re not bound to spend a lifetime with you they are quite cute and add a fun splash of color to your space.

Copper leafed containers, pots, planters, turquoise, moon cactus, cacti, triangles, succulents I picked up a few moon cactus from Lowes over the weekend and decided that a plain terra cotta pot would not do for them. They needed something special. I had some leftover pots out in the shed along with my favorite spray paint: Rust-Oleum’s Painter’s Touch in Seaside. I redid my sad dilapidated mailbox with the spray paint last month, but of course I forgot to take before pics and I just didn’t think it was fair to do a post of it without them. I figured you knew what a terra cotta pot looked like so I didn’t bother to takes pics of them, before I gave them a couple whirls of spray paint.

For my copper leaf planters I started out by taping off the pots in a triangle and put a thin layer of Mod Podge on the inside of the triangle. Once it was tacky I put down my leafing and I let it fully dry and put a couple layers of varnish over it to seal it.

Copper leafed containers, pots, planters, turquoise, moon cactus, cacti, triangles, succulents Now Mod Podge isn’t the product that is normally used for metal leafing, but it’s what I use and it works. Before it dried too much I peeled the tape off…I used a HORRIBLE washi tape and it left bits of paper that I couldn’t remove so I had to do the whole process again and make the triangles larger to cover the stuck paper. I wanted a bit of a roughed up look so I made sure to remove some of the leafing while it was drying.

To clean up the leftover leafing I used a fluffy makeup brush to clean it off…I only use that makeup brush for crafts…in fact every now and again I buy a set of these makeup brushes for my makeup and one set for crafting. Overall they’re good brushes, they shed a bit like most do and the ferrules often need to be reglued, but for the quality and price of the actual brush set I can deal with it.

Copper leafed containers, pots, planters, turquoise, moon cactus, cacti, triangles, succulents Now the little moon cacti live in these turquoise and copper leaf planters.

Copper leafed containers, pots, planters, turquoise, moon cactus, cacti, triangles, succulents Copper leafed containers, pots, planters, turquoise, moon cactus, cacti, triangles, succulents Copper leafed containers, pots, planters, turquoise, moon cactus, cacti, triangles, succulents

And now dears there are only a few more days to enter the giveaway, so give it a go! See you tomorrow for my last day of the weekend social party!

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65 comments

  1. Marti says:

    This is another great idea for a gift. So simple. Yes I love those colorful little flowers but my fave is the accent of gold you added to the pot.
    Marti

  2. Julie says:

    They are so pretty/modern/chic!
    I am glad I’m not the only one who ploughs ahead with a project then when it’s finished thinks “oh that is quite nice, I could blog that, if only I had taken before photos!” I get excited about what I’m doing so I don’t always plan ahead very well. You could just let us see your lovely blue mail box anyway – I bet it’s a thing of beauty!

    • Heather says:

      Oh I know, I get annoyed when I think “oh yeah I need to run and get the camera…and the lights” LOL I think I might…all I need is a little encouragement! :D Thank you Julie!

  3. Carmody says:

    Really Pretty Heather.I have never done any type of metal leafing and now I would love to give it a try. The moon cactus is a great looks great in the planter.

  4. Brenda Young says:

    Heather, never would have thought of using Mod podge for this. always good to use what ya have on hand, Great project save too over the washi tape mishap, what a good call! Now thats ingenuity for ya~ project came out wonderful!

  5. Leslie says:

    Those cactus’ are really pretty. Those planters came out pretty well too. I’m stopping by from the blog hop. I hope you’ve had a good day.

  6. Lauren says:

    Hi There! Stopping by from #HumpDayHappenings- The cactus plants are sooo pretty! I always end up killing the ones I buy. You have more patience than I do with that leafing.

    Lauren

  7. Nancherrow says:

    I love them! I’ve never done any metal leafing, but I see projects like these and I want to try it. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

  8. Natasha in Oz says:

    Love this idea! I’ve just pinned it. I’ve also just followed you over at Pinterest-I can’t believe I hadn’t followed you before now!

    Thanks for sharing at the Say G’Day Link up. Hope you can join in again this weekend.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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