Back in 2006, when Ryan and I were moving in to our first apartment together in San Francisco, I went in to full nesting mode and bought (among other things) a spiral shaped votive holder. The picture below is one of the only good ones I can find of it... it makes me laugh that this was basically our entire living space back then. Oh how times have changed.
I loved the wrought iron finish and spiral shape back then, and still do today, but it's definitely become a dated piece. We held a Christmas party for Ryan's office back in December and one of his employees said to me "oh, we have that votive holder in our house too." As someone that wants everything in her home to be one of a kind and unique, I was not amused.
So, I decided to update it by jumping on not only one, but three bandwagons at once.
So here is my upcycled wall art using succulents (bandwagon one) in custom concrete planters (bandwagon two) with paint dipped bases (bandwagon hat-trick)!
A month or so ago, when we poured the base for the outdoor kitchen, we mixed up almost a full wheel barrow too much of concrete. We sat down with a beet and started trying to come up with creative uses for it.
We've been seeing concrete planters all over the web for a while now, and I had the idea in the back of my mind to make little concrete planters to place in the votive holders, in order to update my spiral wall art. But, it was a tough idea to communicate, and Ryan doesn't always see my visions right away, so I didn't bring it up.
Add to the equation 80 pounds of concrete drying in front of us, and I had my opportunity to make this vision happen!
I ran to the market and bought these styrofoam coffee cups, which were luckily the perfect size to fit in the rings that held the votive holders.
There seems to be a theme here. Don't judge us.
We let them dry for a day or so, then we removed the styrofoam from the outsides and cups or wine corks from the insides and had 16 perfect little concrete planters (and three or four broken ones).
It seemed that the plastic shot glasses did not want to come out of their concrete homes in a few cases, so the concrete cracked when we were trying to remove them.
Here is the before and after!
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