30 September 2014
Miniature Gardens in Vintage Tins
Posted by Sarah Krouse
With the upcoming holidays sneaking up, I have an inexpensive gift that's as thoughtful as it is fun to make. Create a collection of miniature gardens by using vintage gelatin tins and succulents. They're easy to create and make the perfect "no-fail" hostess gift.
Vintage gelatin tins are relatively easy to find in thrift stores and vintage shops, and they're generally quite affordable. I love to use them as organizers in my craft room and often give them as gifts filled with little tokens. But this year I thought a set of tins would a be fun way to share some annual succulents I have growing in my garden.
To make these petite pots, fill your molds with a loose soil and add enough water so that they're the consistency of a wet sponge. Then simply add sprigs of portulaca or other succulent. I arranged mine in the shape of a wreath as a nod to the upcoming holidays, since this is when I'll be sharing them.
Place your pots in a well lit window and keep your soil moist by adding a tablespoon or two of water each week until the sprigs take root (approx 3-4 weeks). Once they've established themselves, reduce your watering to 1-2 teaspoons per week or every other week depending on the humidity of your winter home. And as they begin to grow, keep them pinched to retain the wreath shape.
By the time the holidays roll around, your containers will be well established and ready for gift giving.
If you're looking for a thoughtful gift that expresses your appreciation and admiration, try making these miniature succulent gardens. They're easy to create and will continue to inspire long after the holiday season has passed.
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