Hi there! Hope you’re having a great day so far. I went thrifting a few days ago in search of plates for my plate wall, but of course, I couldn’t resist picking up a few other treasures. At one of my favorite stores, I found a stack of long narrow boxes. Clearly they were drawers from something, but I’m not entirely certain what. The former librarian in me, however, convinced myself that they were originally from old card catalogs, so I had to bring one home. I decided to make a succulent centerpiece out of my treasure.
I didn’t want to risk ruining the wood, however, by using live plants. Plus, I thought fashioning a liner for this oddly-shaped box would be a hassle. So I used succulent candles instead. Cute, huh?
I used pea gravel from the hardware store as filler for the box, but to prevent the box from becoming too heavy, I made kind of a “fake bottom.” First, I balled up some newspaper for the bottom. Then I cut a piece of foam board from Jo-Anns to size, and fit it snugly on top of the newspaper. The pea gravel was really dirty, so I washed it first. When it was dry, I put a thin layer on top of the foam board and nestled in the candles.
I love how it turned out. Plus, no watering! The candles are almost too cute to burn, though.
In case you missed it, here are some other things I’ve been inspired to make from items I thrifted.