Today’s post is brought to you by moms everywhere who are desperate to keep their children entertained and their house from looking like a war zone all summer long…
Sort of. 😉
No really, today is a super simple and fun summer project for you and/or your kids. And I’m thrilled to be sharing this as a part of the DIY Summer Celebration. If you’re here visiting from one of the other blogs taking part, welcome!
Now let me be clear: I am not a gardener.
But if there are two pieces of advice I could give anyone (especially those who don’t feel particularly plant confident), it would be this:
- Use fun containers (it can distract from a less than healthy plant 😉 ).
- Buy a jade plant.
Seriously, my mother took some clippings from my grandmother’s jade plant decades ago, and she now has 4-5 big pots full. 6 months ago, I took a clipping from her, and I now have 3 smaller pots full. Each time I kill another plant (gulp), I just clip a piece of jade and stick it in the pot. No more empty pots revealing my black thumb.
Like other succulents, jade grows roots and holds, even from a clipping. And it seems particularly happy indoors OR outdoors… Seriously, it’s my favorite. Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled tutorial:
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- find some fun containers (I used two copper mule mugs and a broken silver sugar bowl)
- give your kids some dirt and plastic spoons and have them fill the containers most of the way
- clip some pieces of jade
- make sure you clear enough stem to stick down in the dirt (use the handle of the spoon to make a little hole for the stem)
- finish off with a little more dirt and enjoy!
Note: since these containers do not have drainage holes, be careful not to overwater. Just use a spray bottle and lightly mist the plant every few days instead.
Want to try this project but don’t have the products on hand? Get all the materials online:
Or scrounge your cupboards, dig in your yard, and run to your local garden center. Either way, have fun! And don’t forget to visit all the other gals sharing their Summer DIYs.
What other fun containers could you use?
Don’t forget to visit all the other inspirational summer projects this week!
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