Upcycled Terrarium With DIY Plastic Bottle Faux Succulents
Make something in miniature and it’s cuteness grows! That’s what I found when making these DIY faux succulents out of green plastic bottles.
Last Christmas I made some very popular and fun Christmas cloche dinosaur terrariums out of upcycled Nutella jars. They were so cute that I still had them on display even though it was spring already.
I decided it was time to give them a seasonal update. That’s when I got the idea for the mini faux succulents.
There were multiple upcycled elements to this craft but it still took less than 30mins. I used the small Nutella jars as the cloches, a wood slice as a base. I painted mini terracotta pots to look like concrete pots with an old wine cork as the soil. Best of all I made my everlasting miniature fake succulents and tropical plants out of upcycled green plastic bottles.
If you don’t have mini terracotta pots you can make a mini rustic pot out of an old bottle top. These cute faux succulent terrariums cost almost nothing to make.
I think they would make a lovely gift.
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What you need to make plastic bottle faux succulents
- Small green plastic bottles, in the UK these are normally for sparkling water. Sprite or Mountain Dew bottles would work too.
- Champagne or wine cork
- Tiny terracotta pots
- Small Nutella jars – These are the ones where the jar can be used as a drinking glass with the plastic caps. (Other similar shaped drinking glasses or jars would do.)
- Tealight candle
- Grey acrylic paint
- Wood slice
- PVA/white glue
How to Make a plastic bottle faux succulent terrarium
Preparing the pot
- First to make the terracotta pots to look like concrete pots, paint them with grey paint. Smudge with a paper towel as the paint dries, to give an uneven concrete look. To make the soil slice a section of the champaign cork (about 5mm thick) and place it in the painted pot.
- Using scissors cut a strip from the green plastic bottle approx 4cm wide.
- Next cut a zig zag pattern into the strip of plastic like in the picture.
- The faux succulent is made by melting the plastic bottle over a candle. As you hold the cut plastic bottle over the small flame it will shrink slightly and curl. If you curl the leaves too far, just turn them round heat the otherside and straighten them out with your fingers.
According to my sons I have asbestos fingers demonstrated by ability to hold hot things, however if you don’t have this superpower you may want to use gloves or tweezers when shaping the hot plastic.
- Melt each plastic bottle leaf in the strip first and then go over the flame again this time curling up the plastic leaves tightly together. This takes a little practice but isn’t too dificult to master.
- I also made a tropical leaf plant which was a bit easier. For this, I simply cut four tropical leaf shapes from the plastic bottles and melted them over the tealight candle. They were then simply glued together at the base.
- Next, simply glue the plastic bottle faux plants to the cork base.
- Place the plant pot on the woodslice and the glass cloche over them all.
Making the plastic bottle faux succulents.
These mini plastic bottle faux succulents terrariums look really cute and just right for a summer decoration. With the tropical plant I made a more Boho looking pot. I did this by simply gluing natural twine round a screw bottle top.
If plastic bottle crafts aren’t quite your thing I have seen mini succulents and cacti made from polymer clay and felt.
I have also made a wonderful repurposed felt succulent garden out of scraps.
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