Copper Leaf Planters

April 25, 2014

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Copper leafed containers, pots, planters, turquoise, moon cactus, cacti, triangles, succulentsYou’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, succulentsI 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, succulentsNow 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, succulentsNow the little moon cacti live in these turquoise and copper leaf planters.

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  • Marti April 25, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    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.

    • Heather April 25, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      Oh that’s a great idea! I would love to get one of these myself! :D Thank you Marti!

  • Julie April 26, 2014 at 4:59 am

    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 April 27, 2014 at 12:53 am

      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!

  • Carmody April 26, 2014 at 6:18 am

    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.

    • Heather April 27, 2014 at 12:51 am

      Oh I can see you doing lots of things with some metal leafing! :D Thank you Carmody!

  • Brenda Young April 26, 2014 at 6:54 am

    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!

    • Heather April 27, 2014 at 12:50 am

      I agree! I hate buying lots of specialty items for crafting especially when they are only used sparingly! Thank you Brenda! :D

  • Bree April 26, 2014 at 11:11 am

    This is so fun. Gold leafing has been on my mind lately and I had no idea they had copper! I need to get some of this now. :) Pinned!

    • Heather April 27, 2014 at 12:49 am

      They even have faux gold leaf so it’s easier on the wallet! Thank you Bree!

  • Theresa @DearCreatives April 26, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I love how your copper leaf planters turned out! The colors with the copper and the pretty cacti. Thanks for sharing at the party! Theresa @DearCreatives

    • Heather April 27, 2014 at 12:48 am

      Thank you Theresa! Me and my little man were drawn in both the colorful cacti!

  • Glenna @ My Paper Craze April 26, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Love these! Such a fun project.

    • Heather April 27, 2014 at 12:48 am

      Thank you Glenna!

  • Betsy @ BPhotoArt April 26, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I love the combination of turquoise and copper… and what an interesting way to create an accent on the pots. Thanks for sharing at Happiness is Homemade!

    • Heather April 27, 2014 at 12:46 am

      Thank you Betsy!

  • Erin April 26, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    These look great, Heather! I love the Seaside color with the gold. What a fun spring project :)

    • Heather April 26, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you sooo much Erin! I just love that spray paint, it’s so easy to use and the color…LOVE! :D

  • Mindie Hilton April 27, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    I have had my eye on some of these cactus. Your pots are the perfect home for them. Very pretty.

    • Heather April 27, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      Thank you Mindie!

  • Ginnie April 27, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    So pretty! I’ve never tried leafing anything, but I’m dying to try … soon!

    • Heather April 27, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      Yes and you must do a post! :D Thank you!

  • Amy W April 28, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I love the copper and blue mix. These turned out really fun. I’d love you to share at our link party going on now!

    • Heather April 30, 2014 at 1:36 am

      Thank you Amy! I hope I’m not too late but I am heading over! :D

  • Jess April 28, 2014 at 10:30 am

    These are super cute, yet look so simple!

    Thanks again for joining the Link Up this week!

    • Heather April 30, 2014 at 1:35 am

      Thanks for a great party Jess! :D

  • Alex April 28, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I LOVE the turquoise and the copper together. I am going to have to try leafing!

    • Heather April 30, 2014 at 1:34 am

      Thank you! Oh definitely, it really makes things look extra fancy!

  • Ana Love Craft April 29, 2014 at 4:07 am

    This is super, super cute! Lovely idea, thanks for sharing!
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

    • Heather April 30, 2014 at 1:33 am

      Thank you Ana! :D

  • Mommy on Demand April 29, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I love these! Im obsessed with plants and need to spice up some planters! Thanks for sharing at the Happiness is Homemade Link Party, hope to see you back on Sunday!

    • Heather April 30, 2014 at 1:31 am

      Oh me too! I can’t get enough plants! Thank you!

  • Katie @ Upcycled Treasures April 29, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Heather these are so fun and I LOVE the gold leaf against that seaside color! Pinned :) Thanks for sharing at The Makers!

    • Heather April 30, 2014 at 1:30 am

      Oh thank you Katie! :D

  • Katie @ Upcycled Treasures April 29, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Oh and I meant copper leaf, lol.

    • Heather April 30, 2014 at 1:30 am


  • Leslie April 29, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    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.

    • Heather April 30, 2014 at 1:29 am

      Thank you Leslie! Same to you!

  • Cheryl at Snaps of Ginger April 30, 2014 at 8:47 am

    These are so cute! I love the mix of turquoise and copper. I have some succulents that still need replanting I need to try this.

    I hopped over from Worthwhile Wednesdays


    • Heather May 1, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Oooh yes you should definitely do that! You should do a post on it too! Thanks Cheryl!

  • Katy Blevins April 30, 2014 at 9:05 am

    These are just adorable! Love them! Such a big fan of the cactus and always looking for cute ways to display them. Must try!

    • Heather May 1, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      Cactus plants are just so neat! Thank you Katy!

  • Lauren April 30, 2014 at 10:12 am

    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.


    • Heather May 1, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Aww thanks Lauren!

  • Jenna @ A Savory Feast April 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Very cute! Thanks for sharing with Hump Day Happenings. I also saw you linked up at Come Along Wednesdays! So glad to see my blogging friends at lots of parties.

    • Heather May 1, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Thank you Jenna! I get excited when I see friends at other parties…almost like a real party…it’s so funny! :D

  • Theresa @DearCreatives May 1, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Ya! Your project is being featured on DearCreatives tomorrow!! Hope to see you then! & feel free to grab a featured button ;) Theresa

    • Heather May 2, 2014 at 2:36 am

      Oh my goodness I am so excited! I have your button displayed on my feature page! Thank you Theresa!

  • Nancherrow May 1, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    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!


    • Heather May 2, 2014 at 2:36 am

      Oh I would love to see what you do with some leafing! Thank you Alison!

  • Marti May 1, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    What a great idea to dress up flower pots! Thanks for sharing it with us. Pinned!

    • Heather May 2, 2014 at 2:32 am

      Aww thanks Marti!

  • Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods May 1, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Such an awesome project! {big hugs} for linking up!


    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us at Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! I hope you will join us again this Saturday at 8:00 am EST!

    ~ Ashley

    • Heather May 2, 2014 at 2:32 am

      Thank you hon! :D

  • Natasha in Oz May 2, 2014 at 4:06 am

    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

    • Heather May 2, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      I know! hehe Thanks doll! I am looking forward to it!

  • Emily May 4, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Heather, these are so fun! Thanks for sharing with us at Your Designs This Time!
    Emily & Erin @

    • Heather May 5, 2014 at 1:32 am

      Thank you Emily!

  • Susan @ Oh My! Creative May 5, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Thanks for linking to last weeks Whimsy Wednesday! Love your post and featured them today! You can see the post here…

    Have a lovely week and hope to see you link up again tomorrow night!


    • Heather May 5, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Oh my gosh! I am so giddy with excitement! My heart went all over the place! Thank you Susan!

  • Simply called food May 14, 2014 at 8:09 am

    This is a great idea and it gives good results too! Very nice!

    • Heather May 19, 2014 at 2:45 am

      Thank you! :D

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  • Bree June 1, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I just wanted to let you know that this post was featured on my Father’s Day Inspiration post. :) Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Heather June 2, 2014 at 12:43 am

      Thank you sooo much for featuring my copper leafed pots! :D

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