A couple of weeks ago I stopped at a Salvation Army thrift store to see if they had anything interesting I could put to good use. As I was walking around I spotted this freestanding candle holder that was made of metal and instantly knew I could do something with it. It was bent up a bit and the price was a little steep for me at $4.95, but I snatched it up anyway and took it home. Here is what it looked like:
After thinking about it for a couple days I decided it would be perfect as a stand for a succulent garden. I had thought of using it as a birdbath stand but wanted something I could bring in to the house when it gets cold out. Here is what it looked like finished:
1. My first step for this project was to make a lightweight concrete bowl for the top-it is a recipe that contains mostly perlite so it is lighter than standard concrete (I can't remember my exact measurements for this recipe-I experimented with quite a few to get what I needed). Here is a pic of the bowl-you can see how much perlite I used:
2. My second step was to remove the candle holders on the top of the stand-this took the work of my husband who got them off quite easily (all except the middle one). I also bent "feet" and "arms" to level them out.
3. Next step was to use sand paper and rough up the surface for the spray paint:
5. When the copper is dried I used spray paint to create a faux patina (here is the link: http://sproutsandstuff.blogspot.com/2014/07/how-to-use-spray-paint-to-create-easy.html) Here is what the patina looked like:
7. In order for the bowl to sit on the top of the stand and be stable I drilled a hole that would fit the rod I left in the middle:
8. Plant up the bowl with some succulents, I used non-hardy succulents so that I can bring this in in the Fall:
Until next time-Happy Planting!