One of the things I’m learning about motherhood is that I’m a better momma and a better wife when I take time to do things that are just for myself.
For me, spending a few minutes being creative or playing in the dirt does more to refresh my spirit than a nap on most days, as crazy as that seems. But, I’ve always been happiest when I’m “doing something.”
Sure, there’s a place for laying on the couch with a book (and I need to make time to do that, too!), but I am more productive, and more peaceful, when I am able to complete a project just for myself, no matter how small. Last week, I spent a few minutes making a little recycled planter and it was the perfect little escape during naptime.
The first step is to choose your container. I happened to have a little paint can in my stash of reusable stuff so I grabbed it and removed the paper label and the glue residue. Then, I used a nail to punch a few holes in the bottom of the can for drainage.
Now time for the fun part! I gave it a quick coat of coral spray paint.
After letting that dry, I used painter’s tape to add a couple diagonal lines and added a coat of gold paint on top of the coral for a fun accent. I went with a triangle shape, but you could do anything that floats your boat. (Just as a tip, be sure to shake the gold paint extra well or the color comes out all watery and drippy—not pretty!) Make sure you let it dry completely to avoid getting any finger prints or dirt smudges on your pretty container.
Next, it’s time to plant.
I happen to have a sort of Christmas cactus surplus right now because I keep taking cuttings from my existing plants and they keep growing back with even more enthusiasm. So, that means I now have lots of little baby cactus plants, too. And, this little cute container was the perfect place for a new little baby.
You can actually take cuttings from most houseplants (just google your particular variety for instructions) but if you are working with a Christmas cactus, you want to snip off an arm right in between two of the “leaves.”
Then, just push their little bottoms down into the dirt. It’s best to use a pre-moistened potting mix rather than water these a lot because too much water can make them rot instead of root.
I know it sounds complicated, but it isn’t. Trust me. I just use a little spray bottle to keep the top layer of dirt sort of moist (misting every couple of days) for a few months until it’s all established and secure. Easy-peasy. And, fun for older kiddos to help with!
All, in all, a super sweet, simple, and free little project. Of course, if you didn’t have some of these supplies around the house like I do, you could grab a can of spray paint and a little succulent from the home store for only a few bucks each, so you could still do this for less than $10. Three cheers for cute and cheap!
And, recycling a piece of trash into something beautiful reminds me how God changes my mess into a masterpiece. What a sweet reminder of His great love for each of us!