Crafting · Failure

Creating Your Own Succulent Garden (Or How Not To Use A Hot Glue Gun)

So Adam and I have officially been homeowners for a year now. Why anyone would loan me that much money and entrust me with this seismic responsibility is anyone’s guess. The house is still standing though, so I guess that counts for something!

Anyway, it’s been a long journey getting this house the way we want it and we’re nowhere near finished. We started with giving all the walls a fresh coat of paint, bought ourselves a couch and dining room table, and then realized we had no more money left so the rest of the decorating would have to wait. (Owning a house is ridiculously expensive. Especially the little things you wouldn’t expect – like rakes. And mailboxes.) When summer rolled around, we finally started to get antsy and have been going through the house room by room, decorating ever since. After a year, we have the living room/dining room and the downstairs den area finished. That’s it. (I told you it was expensive!)

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This pillow is one of the most expensive things I own. It is now covered in cat hair.

So my next project is our bedroom. It’s a really weird shape and pretty small since the house was built in the 70’s and master bedrooms weren’t really a thing the way they are now. For various reasons, this room is a total enigma to me. One wall is entirely taken up by two closet doors, a second wall has the bathroom door/the door to the hallway swings in and takes up most of the space, and a third wall is taken up by a 7 foot window. The other barrier to decorating is that Adam has a bed frame with a huuuuuuuuuuge headboard that he’s in love with and I don’t want to be the one to ask him to part with it. (All good relationships are built on compromise. For those of you who don’t know, compromise is an agreement where no one gets what they want and everyone is unhappy.) So for better or worse, there’s this weird empty space above the bed that is too big to leave blank but too small to hang up framed pictures.

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These are real succulents. Mine will not be real.

So here’s the plan. Those hanging succulent gardens are really in right now and, as much as I hate to (admit that I) follow fads, I think they’re really cute. That being said, I don’t like the idea of constantly having to keep plants alive (they will be dead in 2 weeks under my care – I guarantee it), so I decided I’m going to craft my own succulents and flowers out of felt and hang them above the bed in a cute little frame. (I know it’s not going to look anything like what I envision in my head, but this blog is all about not talking myself out of doing things, so here we go!) So without further ado…

Here is a step-by-step guide to making your own faux succulent garden:
  1. Search 3 different craft stores for felt squares. Wonder why they’re so expensive. Realize what you’re looking at is not felt. Go find the correct aisle.
  2. Take your purchased felt home and realize that you bought all the wrong colors. Decide that it’s not worth it going back to Joann’s to return the ones you already bought. (You’ll use them eventually…right?)
  3. Call your mom and ask her where to find felt in the right colors because mom’s still have all the answers.
  4. Buy more felt squares from this amazing Etsy shop. Wait for the new felt squares to arrive.

    For the record, these are the right colors.
    For the record, these are the right colors.
  5. Go back to Joann’s for a hot glue gun, glue, and fabric scissors. Try to do this in one trip so Adam doesn’t get too exasperated with you.
  6. Admire the colors of your new felt squares. Decide if it’s really worth cutting into them since they really are just too pretty and maybe you should save them for something more important.
  7. Say “screw it” and start cutting. Plug in your hot glue gun and forget to put newspaper under it. Scrape glue off your new dining room table before Adam notices.

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    You should see my battle scars.
  8. Glue your little felt petals together in different patterns. Burn yourself – A LOT.
  9. Put all the flowers in a bag when you’re ready to take a break and put the bag in the closet where the cats can’t get to it.
  10. Forget about the project for several weeks and/or months.

So that’s where we’re at with this hobby/project right now. I’ll let you know when (if?) things progress.

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The beads have nothing to do with this project. Just thought they made the photo look cool.

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