DIY Succulent Vase
By: Natalie Wright
July 31, 2013
As you probably know, the delightful little plants called succulents are sweeping the blogosphere. I have yet to jump on the bandwagon, as I tend to kill any houseplant that comes within fifty feet of my home. Neighbors beware! But, there is one itty-bitty succulent that I have had some success with in the past, and that’s the Aloe Vera plant. Seriously! It's inexpensive, super easy to keep alive, and just so happens to have soothing, moisturizing, and healing properties. Gotta love plants that are centered around multi-tasking!
Since I think every home should have an aloe Vera plant, here's a fun little inexpensive project that not only accentuates its lovely thick and spiky leaves, but reminds you of it's medicinal abilities as well.
- Glass wide-mouth Mason jar
- Painter’s tape
- Aloe Vera plant (this size is typically less than $3)
Here's how to make your first aid Aloe Vera plant:
To start, create the first aid emblem with your painters tape. Then, you are going to take your Christmas Red Americana paint and gently squirt the paint inside your tapelines.
The Americana Writer paints are very thick, so go slow and use the paint tip to gently smooth out the surface of the paint.
Lay your jar down on a flat surface, and wait several hours for it to completely dry. When it is dry, gently peel away your painter’s tape.
Next, fill the bottom half of your jar with sand, gravel, or decorative rocks to help promote water drainage. Then gently insert your aloe Vera plant.
Aloe Vera loves sunshine, so near a window is best. We have hot summers and cold winters, so I will often place my aloe Vera outside for the summer, and bring it inside around late fall. As for watering your plant, wait until the soil dries completely before giving your aloe Vera another drink.
I primarily use my aloe Vera plant for either sunburns, or burns on my fingers from my glue gun. To use your plant, take a pair of clean scissors and cut about 1-2 inches off the tip of a stem. Rub the plant juice generously over the burn. The stems grow back so don't be afraid to use it when you need it. You will also want to wash your hands really well after applying it, as aloe Vera juice tastes something awful. (My youngest daughter can attest to that!)
I have already had lots of compliments on my first aid plant, and I am definitely going to make a few more for friends. This will be a great plant to have this summer – from sunburned noses, to tender scraped up knees!
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