Succulents are some of the only plants I can keep alive, and I love that they can thrive even with the smallest amount of attention. They’re perfect for adding touches of green in unexpected places.
I had an idea in my mind of creating a succulent planter wall hanging with a coffee cup cut in half with my tile saw, but when I was in Goodwill searching for the perfect cup, I came across this cute little gravy boat, and thought it would be even more perfect! It was only $1.29. I liked the shape better than a coffee cup, and I liked even more the idea that anyone could make this project since no fancy tools like a wet saw are needed.
Tools & Supplies:
- MDF (thinner MDF is preferable)
- Jigsaw or circular saw
- Gravy boat
- Tiles (I used 3 3″ x 6″ subway tiles)
- Tile adhesive/grout
- Grout float and sponge
- Small rocks, soil and succulents
This project is really simple and pretty straight forward. I started by using my jigsaw to cut down a piece of scrap MDF to 8″ x 10″. I wanted it to fit into a standard frame size.
Next I used a hammer to break up the subway tiles. I didn’t bother to wrap them up in a towel, like I’ve seen most people do. I find I have more control over how the pieces break if I use a hammer and firmly tap the tile with the edge of the hammer head.
Next I arranged the gravy boat and the tile pieces, adhering them with the tile adhesive/grout. I just used my finger to spread adhesive on the back of each tile piece.
I let the adhesive dry for a few hours, and then grouted the tile. After letting it dry overnight, I stuck it in a frame. I actually used the tile adhesive around the lip of the frame to attach the frame to the mosaic piece, and then I filled in the gap where the frame met the tile with more grout.
After everything was dry, I added the pebbles, soil and succulents to the gravy boat.
Simple, right? The hardest part about this project is waiting for the grout to dry. I’m not exactly a patient person, so waiting for stuff to dry can be torturous to me. I’ve ruined many a project because of my impatience.
Anyway, I’m kind of tempted to make a few more of these, using different sizes and shapes of gravy boats, to make a grouping for a wall. Now I just need to find a wall to put them on!