Originally I had wanted to add just a touch of green in the Parade Home, but wanted to keep it simple.
I adore wall gardens and my brain started spinning when I would look up at the branch above my desk everyday. I knew immediately what I wanted to do in the small space and had everything on hand to make it happen.
Eggs: I started with six and the final product has four, so allow yourself extra. Also used the biggest eggs I could find.
Straight Pin: To poke holes and drain the egg.
Twine: Thinest twine that you can get your hands on. I cut mine in 12″ pieces.
Branch & a couple of nails: Look for one that branches off in several places.
Small Succulents, fake or alive, trimmed down to fit inside shell. I did this as I was putting them inside.
Paint: One of my favorite go-to’s, a quart of Glidden® Paint’s in Smokey Charcoal. One thing I really love about Glidden Paint is how easy it is to choose a color. Instead of hundreds of greys, literally, there is a crazy simple selection that I can pick from quickly, and get on with my work. Glidden paint’s Smokey Charcoal is one of my top fav’s, so I usually have a quart of it on hand.
Start at the small end, and mark of a circle with your straight pin by poking the pin through.
Go back around, continuing to poke through the shell and it will begin to crack.
Turn upside down and drain the egg out. Rinse out and let dry.
While drying, trim off jagged or excess pieces of shell with small scissors, making sure the hole is wide enough for the succulent.
Using your straight pin again, poke a hole on each side, about 3/4 of the way up and run your twine through, securing with a double knot on the inside of the egg.
Next, in a well ventilated area, take you quart of Glidden Paint, shake and stir well, open and get ready to dip!
Hold the twine and the top of the egg in your hand and dip as much or as little as desired.
Hold over can for a bit and let the excess run off. There will be more run off, just let the majority of it go back into the can.
This is so easy, anyone can do it. And the coverage of Glidden paint is amazing…..one dip and you are done.
I set my branch up, with paper towels underneath for the rest of the paint to drip, and to let the egg shells thoroughly dry.
Once dry, I nailed my brach in the spot I wanted it, making sure all the succulents would hang correctly before.
Trim away part of the succulents to make sure they fit into the shells, place shells in the places you want them and insert succulents.
I did use fake succulents for this. The parade home is open everyday for two weeks with tons of traffic. We didn’t want anyone to have to worry about watering them.
If you use live succulents, place inside the shell with potting soil before hanging.
I absolutely LOVE how this turned out, and will definitely be a repeat around here. I really debated about painting the shells but paint makes such a dramatic difference, not just in small projects but in your home. I have always said it is the easiest way to make the biggest change in a space.
Everyone can paint. You can paint. Glidden Paint will guide you through!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Glidden paint through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Glidden paint, all opinions are my own.