When I think about succulents in an imaginary thought bubble above my head I automatically envision a summertime plant.
I debunked this personally inflicted succulent opinion when my friend, Jessica, and I took a DIY Succulent Terrarium class at The Plant Shoppe in OKC. The whole premise of the class was to make a terrarium.
Let me define terrarium for you: Terrariums are usually sealable glass containers containing soil and plants, and can be opened for maintenance to access the plants inside.
I bought this class for Jessica as a birthday gift and when selecting our “terrarium’ shape and size selection via the online checkout I chose the BYOC option = Bring Your Own Container. Jess and I are both eclectic, vintage lovers, and knew we would both want to bring something from our personal collected thrift store stash vs. using the provided glass terrarium.
You know, I can’t just chose the easy option and have to be the weirdo in the group.
As soon as we sat down to create our so called “terrarium” we realized we were the ONLY ones who brought our own container.
And the wrong type of container.
A centerpiece of a container.
Nothing that even resembled a terrarium.
You guys. I TEACH WORKSHOPS FOR A LIVING.
Can’t I manage to read the directions and bring the required supplies outlined in the online enrollment?
I was that student. The one who shows up without knowing what the heck is going on. This was me.
Dear owner of The Plant Shoppe, please accept my apology.
For the record, she was really nice about the whole thing.
I did feel a little better when we spent quite a bit more money on succulents than the average terrarium to fill our centerpieces. Let’s hope that made up for it.
The workshop was awesome and I learned a lot about succulent care, which has been a major fail for me in the past.
Low maintenance shmomaintenance. Mine always die.
I am feeling much more confident in the keeping-a-succulent alive department than I was prior to the class.
I wanted to winterfy my centerpiece for Christmas so I added a few extra elements to holly jolly this gal up a notch.
The large, middle, plant is aloe. Did you know they are in the succulent family?
Okay, back to the holidayization of the succulent centerpiece.
Ho Ho Ho Step #1: I added a white spray painted deer that I bought at a flea market years ago.
I also added some pinecones and cut a few sprigs of red berries off of a bush in our front yard.
If this this doesn’t say Merry Succulent-Christmas I don’t know what does.
Lesson learned: Succulents aren’t just for summertime decor. Pick some wintery items out of your front yard, throw them in mix, and pat yourself on the back.
Just in case you are wondering, the table cloth is The Pioneer Woman’s Holiday Tree Tablecloth from Walmart paired with a plaid table runner from the $3 bin at Target. I have a glass tabletop in our breakfast nook and with small kids I would be cleaning that thing on the daily if it weren’t covered up.
I could dedicate an entire blog post on my case for table cloths (you can find some really cute ones if you look hard enough.) They are a life saver for me and this glass table owning mamma.
I pinned a bunch of winter inspired centerpieces on Pinterest Here just in case you want to get inspired to create your own non summery succulent decor.
Did you know succulents could be used for Christmas or was I the last to get the memo?