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« on: January 22, 2014 12:05:15 PM »

In preparation for Valentine's Day, I put this little project together. I still haven't mounted the letters and heart onto a frame.


Here's a little collage of how I made it:


I crocheted the letters and heart out of jute gardening twine, using a J Hook. Alternatively, if you don't crochet, you could probably cut out the the letters and heart out of thick packing paper. The base should be biodegradable so you can plant them after a few months. The crochet stitches help to hold the little stems of the succulents in place.

For the letters, I widened each stitch with a pencil, dotted with tacky glue and inserted a succulent cutting. For the heart, I glued the leaves of the succulents onto the outer edge of the twine. I've found that the succulents will stay fresh for about 2-3 months without any growing medium. By 3 months time, I can just place them on top of some well-drained soil.
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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2014 12:43:39 PM »

Very cool idea!  I love that you can plant them later!
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2014 06:09:32 PM »

This is so beautiful. What a nice gift idea.
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2014 06:53:57 PM »

I love the idea, too. Quite lovely. I never thought to plant into jute. I use chicken wire and moss for wreaths. But this is much neater of an idea. I may try one of these...if our weather ever warms here  Cheesy

It could make a nice welcome gift for a new neighbor...with their name? Mounted on a plaque for the door?
Succulents are very easy to keep. Soak them good once a week, then mist occasionally.

You picked some real pretty ones,  Balatong.

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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2014 08:12:51 PM »

What a cool idea!
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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2014 08:30:30 PM »

Brilliant! I love succulents.
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2014 08:48:11 AM »

Thank you for the compliments! Stillatthetop, I love the suggestion to mount them onto a plaque--thank you!
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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2014 04:16:34 PM »

Great Valentine project: cute , green, you can plant it later...This would make a great gift for anybody( man or woman).
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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2014 03:22:15 AM »

These are lovely! It's awesome that you can still plant them afterwards too! ^___^
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« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2014 05:42:19 AM »

That is so clever! I never in a million years would have thought to do that. And super awesome that you can plant them later!
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