Vintage Animal Planters
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A few years ago, I found a picture in a magazine of a very unique dinosaur planter. It looked like it was made out of metal and had a really pretty plant growing out of it’s back. Of course, I can never really afford to order anything out of magazines. Naturally, I spent some time re creating one for myself on a budget.
At the time, I made an awesome t-rex out of one of my husband’s old toys. His mom brought over an old box of dinosaurs from his childhood to give to our two boys. Today I decided to make an elephant.
Step One: As in all projects, the first step is to decide exactly what you want, then gather supplies. What kind of animal do you want? What color will match your home?
If you have kids that have outgrown some old plastic or rubber animals, browse through them to find one you like. I bought the above elephant for $1 at Walmart. They have similar animals at dollar stores and toy stores. I have just been feeling like I need more elephants in my life lately.
While I was waiting for the paint mixer guy to show up at Walmart (I am working on a laundry room renovation), I also grabbed a $5 can of metallic bronze spray paint. I like the look of metal, and I want this planter to look vintage and solid.
You will also need a small plant. Succulents work well, so do any low maintenance indoor plants. I chose a jade plant that cost $3.
At home, grab your nifty household drill and a pair of scissors.
Step Two: Drill a hole in your animal’s back where you would like the plant to stick out. You may need to hold the animal because it squishes down and might be difficult to get a direct angle on.
Step Three: Cut a hole large enough to fit your plant into, using a pair of sharp scissors. It doesn’t have to be perfect, because foliage will most likely cover it up anyway. Use the hole you drilled to get a firm grip.
Step Four: Spray paint the bottom of your animal first, then flip over and spray paint the top. The inside does not need to be painted. Make sure the outside is fully covered. One coat of spray paint should do it.
Step Five: Wait a good three hours for the paint to dry. Go find that project that you have been procrastinating on and work on it a bit, binge watch a show for awhile, play with your kids or dogs or relax with some wine.
Step Six: Fill the bottom part of the animal with soil, through the hole in it’s back. It doesn’t need to be completely full. Make sure you leave room for the plant.
Step Seven: Add the plant by squeezing the roots into the hole.
Step Eight: Place in a spot where it gets the sunlight it will need and you will not forget to water it.
TIP: If you are planting a succulent, try to mix sand into the soil. Now will be a good time to mix in a bit of fertilizer if needed. I personally like to add worm castings into whatever I am planting. The soil from your yard is probably not your best choice. Succulents should only be watered minimally once a month. The number one killer of succulents is over watering.
This project cost me $9 total, but I have enough paint left over to make many more! Each animal costs only a dollar. Excluding drying and shopping time, this project only took a few minutes.
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