The act of gardening can help relieve and reduce stress, and the results of all the hard work are beautiful to behold. You can use your creative streak in how you present your plants, too!
But what about those of us with thumbs that are more black than green? Well, that’s where succulents come in handy. These hardy plants are incredibly difficult to kill and require little maintenance, making them the perfect choice for people who have a bad track record with plant life.
The next step is to figure out where to put your sweet little succulents. Well, if you can get your hands on a few latex gloves, some cement, and a little time and effort, you’ll have the perfect planter that’s sure to be the only one in your neighborhood.
So, what kind of cement you might ask?
Well, the packaging should look something like this … and it’s important to get the right kind.
Notice the “casting” label.
When water is added to the contents of this package, you’ll have a smooth mixture (free of the stones and rocks found in concrete) that will make this project a success.
When the cement is mixed, it should look like this.
Notice the smooth, uniform mixture; this texture is crucial.
When the cement is mixed, start using it to fill your gloves.
You might notice air pockets in the fingers are preventing the cement from filling them fully. In this case, take inspiration from a dairy farmer and use a milking motion to slowly pull the cement down to fill out the fingers.
Now it’s time to stick two of the gloves together to form a bowl.
You have to work quickly because the cement sets in about 15 minutes. Slit the gloves along the pinky side, squeeze out a little cement from one glove, and then press the two gloves together tightly.
Next, mold the fingers into whatever shape you like.
You can use rocks, stones, or anything else to hold the fingers in place while they dry.
When they’re completely dry, it’s time to pull off the gloves!
After 30 minutes, they should feel solid, but you can let them dry for a few hours to be safe. Then, using scissors, cut open the gloves, and peel them away.
Now, all that’s left, is to fill your new planter with your chosen plants.
Succulents, cacti, rocks, and dirt all make for a gorgeous presentation.
But what if gardening isn’t your thing? You don’t have to stick to plant life to fill your new bowl.
How about using it as a catch-all for keys, instead?
Even better, why not give your neighbors a good scare?
They’d make great Halloween decorations … or all-year decor for fans of a zombie apocalypse!
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