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DIY Succulent Bookends

Posted on Aug 20, 2014

Prop up your favourite reads with these easy-to-make succulent bookends!

Two bookends with small white stones and succulents within them

Succulents are the unsung heroes of houseplants — super-cute and virtually indescructible (you only need to water them once a week!). They add a welcome pop of greenery to any book collection when planted in clear vases filled with pretty river stones. Here's how to create your own.

Step 1: Go Shopping
An assortment of succulents

Snag a few succulents at a nursery or hardware store. They come in a variety of shapes and colours, so play around with the assortment you choose until you find a mix that makes the maximum visual impact. You'll need three to four plants per bookend.

Step 2: De-Pot Your Plants
A box with planters and dirt inside it

Grab an old wooden tray or lay out newsprint to cover your table before you remove the succulents from their pots. Leave the dirt surrounding the plants' roots (you'll need it to re-pot them in the bookends), and put the rest to the side.

Step 3: Assemble The Bookends
Two glass cylinder vases with one inside the other. The inner cylinder is empty while the outer one is filled with stones

To complete the project, you'll need two glass cylinder vases. Note: Oneneeds to be small enough to fit inside the other, with a few inches of free space left around the edges. 

After you place the smaller vase inside the larger one, fill the gap between them with smooth river rocks (available at craft stores). You can also place some stones on the bottom of the larger vase to raise the smaller vase up a bit, if necessary.

Plant your succulents into the smaller vase, adding some of the dirt you've set aside to fill the container. Finally, top the arrangement with more river rocks to hide any glass that's still peeking out.

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