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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.
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.
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.