Hello Spring Planter

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for Spring weather! We had a dreary winter here in the PNW and can’t wait for sunny and warmer days. When I saw our Lagoon Blue Canister  I was immediately drawn to the bring team color! It is the cutest addition to any desk but I wanted to add some flair to it. I also wanted to use it as a planter, but as a certified plant killer I needed one that is low maintenance so it would be easier to keep alive!

I used Linda Lover’s painting instructions found in Brushtiques 9 to paint a poppy onto the canister. I wanted more of an orange color instead of Linda’s red so I replaced Autumn Red with Cadmium Orange. I loved her handwritten phrase on the stem but wanted to personalize it a bit further. Following the instructions found in Nib & Ink I used an Identi Pen to write “hello spring”.

Since the canister does not have a hole in the bottom for proper drainage, I used about an inch of gravel on the bottom the of canister before planting the succulent to aid in proper drainage of the soil. If you want to plant something other than a succulent, you can drill a hole on the bottom of the canister instead.

I love the bright and happy addition to my desk!

Categories - Finished Projects, Inspiration, Painting, Staff Projects


  • Hillary Duysen wrote on 08/01/2017 1:51 pm

    What a great tip, Susan! Thank you for sharing!

  • Susan Allen wrote on 07/31/2017 6:04 pm

    Hillary, with succulents you can pinch the leaves, if it “gives” it is ready for water, if it is firm, leave it alone. Your succulent isn’t very fleshy, but if you keep pinching it, you will be able to tell after a trying it out period. Love the poppy too!
    So many ideas, so little time!

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