My rusty rake has a new life as a succulent plant rake wreath. You guys know I have a thing for succulents…..faux succulents, and this succulent wreath is pretty darn classy considering the backdrop is a rusty rake.
I think this wreath could be used for any season of the year except for Winter. The faux succulents are so colorful and the bold earth tone colors are definitely my thing.
The rake head is a multi-project piece that’s good to have in the junk stash. I’ve used it to make a Fall wreath and a Christmas or Winter wreath. The rake wreaths I make always have the tines hanging down but I’ve seen some really pretty ones hung the opposite way. Hanging the tines down just seems more logical to me.
I looked through all the shelves in the workshop and found these faux succulents from past projects. I’ve made succulent displays using martini glasses, vintage movie reels, and even a wood billiard ball rack. You would think I had enough succulents from these past projects but no.
I headed to the Dollar Tree and picked up a few more just in case I ran short. The succulent display on the rake needed to be really full or it would look inexpensive and tacky. My thinking anyway.
The reddish orange succulent in the pot was a pretty color so I grabbed it too. All I had to do was pull the succulent out of the pot and remove the stem before gluing it to the rake.
The rake wreath needed a cool hanger and I thought this belt would be perfect. Plus it was the only whole belt I had in my stash. I got it at the thrift store a while ago for 50% off.
I removed the stems from the succulents and put them in a baggie in case I wanted to put them back together later.
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Some of the succulents had clips instead of stems and I removed those too. Just needed a pair of pliers.
Next I pulled a piece of wire through the two screw holes at the top of the rake head and twisted the wire together so the belt wouldn’t slip through the open area.
Then I pulled the belt through and buckled it. Now it’s time to hot glue the succulents to the rake.
This is the part where you just have to wing it. I laid out the succulents in a pattern I thought looked okay then I grabbed the glue gun. I started with the top left succulent and then went down. The succulents got shifted or moved completely during this process. I eye-balled the overall look as I went trying to place the succulents in a pleasing arrangement.
Maybe I did a good job? I think so. Patting myself on the back. I hung the rake on our front door but the blue door in my reclaimed door stash makes the colors of the succulents really pop so that’s where I took the photos, mostly.
A shabby chic white door makes a good backdrop for the succulent plant rake wreath too.
I had a few sheets of moss and tried using that under the succulents but it wasn’t a good look. I used the little green plant thingies as filler. Don’t know what this type plant is called. Someone help me out.
What do you think of the belt as a hanger? It adds a bit of character and looks much better than a plain old metal wreath hanger.
I enjoyed putting this project together. Junk DIY’s are my favorite thing.
Leave a note if you have time. The JTS and I are looking at paint samples on the master bedroom wall. We might need a little help. I’ll let you know. Thanks for being here, Kathy