I shared in my last post about the Concrete Hand Planters we made for a Celebration of Life event. It was a joint effort between 2 of my girlfriends. We needed to make about 20 of them for the tables so as the old saying goes, "Many hands make light work." They all came out unique in their own way, no two were exactly the same.
We used a variety of mosses and succulents to achieve their unique look. So how did we make them, would you like to know? We first saw the video on Nifty on Facebook and decided succulents with shells would be the best representation of Brandon, whose life we were celebrating on this day. He was a lover of nature and all things to do with the Ocean, succulents and shells say Beach to me so we went to work.
This is my BFF Mary Jo since high school, we are sometimes like an old married couple. Ha! Anyways she is mixing a combination of quick-set cement and regular cement with water. The regular cement takes 24 hours to harden so we went with the combo, we didn't have that kind of time. We used medium strength gloves, you can get at Home Depot and filled them with the cement mixture and milked the cement in the fingers as well as tapping the air out of them, we didn't want air bubbles. This was the most tedious process.
This is Monica, I've known her since Kindergarten. She was filling the gloves with the cement mixture and after she milked the cement into the fingers and tapped out the air bubbles she then tied them at the bottom with twisty ties. She then formed the gloves into a small bowl for the one hand or if they are two hands into a bigger bowl as she separated and shaped the fingers into the correct shape. They took about 2 hours to harden, you can feel them they are warm to the touch but once they are cool they are good to go. We cut and pulled the gloves off and this is what they look like.
As you can see its very smooth and you can see the glove indentations where so we "muddy" them up by adding some cement on the edges, you don't see the inside when the plants are in them so no need to add it to that part.
See how rough for they look now? Now for the fun part! As you can see we used a variety of materials such as different colored and textured mosses and succulents.
You then start filling the hand in with the succulents, I like to put the longer taller ones in towards the back and the ones that trail such as String of Pearls off to the side. I wanted them to have different shapes and textures that's how I chose the succulents, some tall, some spikey some short and squatty. Ours were on sale at Home Depot , $12.00 for 3 five gallon buckets but I also put in some of the Echeveria because I like how they remind me of roses.
Here is a little chart of some of them, so many different varieties, I really like Helveticum, it's common name of Hens and Chicks. They are too cute to me. Monica liked the spikey ones and Mary Jo liked the tall or trailing ones, we all had a different preference.
You fill in the empty spaces with Reindeer or Spanish moss and then you add a few shells here and there. You could add rocks instead if you wanted or sand it all depended on what look you want.
Then you have a unique garden piece which requires minimal watering and looks great! It took us about 2 days to make 20 of them.
So I would only take you a few hours to make one or two. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. You can go HERE or HERE to my Pinterest Boards and you can see I see I may have a slight Succulent Fetish!! I know..but they are too cute and it's something I can't kill!!