I’m sure you’ve seen the adorable succulent planters on Pinterest with cute Sharpie marker designs. I had plans to use these cute, colorful bowls for serving dishes when I found them last week at the Valley Mission Thrift Store…but after another trip this past weekend and coming across a few more pretty dishes, I started to think they would make nice planters. Since the dishes were priced at $0.75 each, I had no reservations about adding free-hand designs with a marker.
Valley Mission Thrift had so many adorable pieces on the shelves and I especially loved the light pink scalloped bowl. Since it was the largest piece, I knew I wanted to use that for a succulent garden. I’ve been hearing about how easy succulents are to take care of, which is perfect for me since I’m not so great at keeping house plants alive. Time will tell.
And yes, I just had to show you the price tags…almost as pretty as the dishes. 🙂
I shopped for the succulents at Home Depot and they had quite the selection. I chose a few tiny plants for the smaller dishes and just had to have an aloe plant for the dish garden. I had an aloe plant years ago and they are great to have around to treat burns. Of course the ruby ball cactus I wanted was in the back behind all the other cactuses…or cacti, whichever. According to Google, they’re both acceptable, and Google is always right, right? Thanks, Google!
My daughter and I started the project right away and it didn’t take us much time at all to complete the Sharpie marker designs and plant the succulents. We had so much fun doing this together!
I decided to keep my designs basic for the two small dishes with little dashes and checks. This Sharpie marker had a thicker tip, so my little checks look a little like hearts. So fun and easy!
I love the way they turned out and now that I have four different planters, I will be able to space them out around the house in different places. I will definitely have one on my coffee table since I still haven’t decorated the top of it.
Didn’t our daughter do a nice job drawing arrows on the round green dish? Now that she’s been involved in this project, I’m sure she’ll help me remember to water them. She actually left me a note one day before she went to school to remind me to water another cactus we have in the house. True story…
I am thinking the plant I have in the small yellow planter may be a tad too big, but I can transfer it at another time if it doesn’t work out.
This was a fun way to use thrift store dishes, especially at this price! The best part is, by shopping at Valley Mission Thrift Store, I am giving back to the community because that thrift store supports our local mission. If you missed my post about my partnership with the Valley Mission Thrift Store, you can check it out here.
I highly recommend shopping for dishes from a thrift store if you want to have some fun and interesting planters like the ones I found. They have already caught the attention of a few of our guests and my step-mom thought she could use some dishes like this that she already had for planters. It was a fun, simple, and inexpensive project and I love that my daughter and I did this together!
Stay tuned for more thrift store decorating ideas as I shop for fun finds at Valley Mission Thrift Store!