Welcome back to summer 2015’s LAST round of Knock Out Knock Offs, an incredibly fun series brought to you by a few blogging friends and myself! Each month, we tackle a DIY project inspired by one of our favorite home decor stores, and the theme we chose for August was Crate & Barrel. (Don’t forget to catch up on my Anthropologie, Land of Nod & CB2 inspired projects too!)
Scrolling through the Crate & Barrel website looking for inspiration, I fell in love with the Reflection Black Metal Centerpiece, although it wasn’t actually the tray that made my heart skip a beat, but the way it was styled in the photos. Instead of trying to figure out how to perfectly recreate the product itself, I decided to take the idea of a black tray + rocks + candles + succulents and run with it.
I ended up with a completely different end result than my initial inspiration, but I absolutely love how it turned out!
Don’t be afraid to use retail products as a jumping off point for your creativity – what is it that you love about the inspiration and how can you incorporate that into your budget and your home? Make it work for you!
I set out on an epic shopping adventure to pull together the pieces to create my own DIY succulent rock garden. I found a tray at the thrift store, picked up the faux succulents and moss pieces at Michael’s, and bought the river rocks and candles at Hobby Lobby.
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- Faux succulents – My secret: I found several faux succulent arrangements in the summer clearance section at Michael’s (70% off!) – they were glued into things like broken flower pots and bird’s nests with fake sand. I just popped the succulents out of the arrangements to use on their own!
- 3 lbs. river rocks
- Pillar candles
- Faux moss rocks – I also found these in the summer clearance section and decided they would be a fun addition.
- Tray – Look for something with clean lines and a modern shape. Color or material doesn’t matter too much! I found mine at the thrift store for $5.
- Black spray paint – The sheen is up to you! I used a glossy spray paint since I already had it in the garage.
- Fine-grit sandpaper
Use the fine-grit sandpaper to rough-up the surface of your tray. My tray was smooth, green plastic, so I spent a few minutes lightly sanding the plastic so the spray paint would adhere well.
Spray paint the tray black using multiple light coats of spray paint to avoid drips. I’d recommend allowing the paint to dry/cure at least overnight, if not 24 hours before moving on to the next step.
Now comes the fun part – filling the tray! Start with a layer of river rocks on the bottom, then play around with adding your other supplies until you’re happy with the arrangement. There’s no right or wrong answer for this!
If you’re really feeling crazy, set up a tripod and snap pics so you too can make a gif of the process…
Once you’re happy with the way your tray looks, find the perfect place to display it and enjoy your soothing new centerpiece!
And relish the thought that the succulents, while surprisingly lifelike, are forever safe from your black thumb. (Oh wait, sorry my black thumb.)
Happy [faux] gardening, you guys!
Ready for more DIY projects inspired by Crate & Barrel? Links below:
DIY Round Medallion Art | Bigger Than The Three of Us
DIY Succulent Rock Garden | you are here :)
DIY Place Card Holders | Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body
DIY Rustic Tea Light Candle Holder | Upcycled Treasures
Colorful Striped Coasters | Delineate Your Dwelling