Project inspiration can come from literally anywhere. I’ve been hit with inspiration while taking a shower, right before falling asleep, or even while out shopping. When it hits you, it hits you. And you just gotta roll with it!
The inspiration for today’s project came from this Instagram post by the amazing crafty woman Amy Tangerine.
This gorgeous letter-shaped garden box is outside of a coffee shop and I’m so glad that Amy decided to share it on her Instagram. Because it inspired such a fun project that I was so excited to create!
Aren’t these marquee letters just the coolest thing? Heidi Swapp has had a line of marquee letters available for quite a while now. I’ve actually had one sitting in my office waiting to be decorated for over a year (oops!). But for the holidays, she released a line of miniature marquee letters. And, well, you know me and all things miniature! I just had to grab a few of them while they were on clearance and incorporate my Amy Tangerine inspiration to create these succulent letters!
One of my absolute favorite new products in the Occasions Catalog is the Succulent Framelits Dies. The dies in that set coordinate with the Oh So Succulent stamp set, so you can easily cut out stamped images to use on cards and other projects. Some of the dies can also be used to create your own 3D succulents, which is what I did. I used the smallest of the die cuts to create the miniature succulents for this project and they turned out so cute!
I cut the pieces from Mint Macaroon, Cucumber Crush, and Old Olive cardstock. Then I used a bone folder to (very) carefully curl the leaves before layering the pieces together to create the finished succulent.
Before adhering the succulents onto the letters, I glued down a layer of pebbles or fake moss (or both!) to really give it that look of a planter. It definitely gave the letters more depth and made these fake planters look that much more convincing. It also added some height so that the succulents weren’t sitting down so low within the letters, allowing the leaves to be a little more spread out instead of squished together. It was that perfect finishing touch these letters needed.
Now pardon this final photo. The lighting is horrible, there’s dog hair all over my shirt, and I just don’t have the photo editing skills to fix it! But I wanted to share this photo for scale. You need to see just how small these letters are, since photos can definitely be deceiving when it comes to portraying the size of things. The finished letters measure just at 4-1/4″ tall. When I say they’re cute, I mean they are CUTE!
I plan on making larger versions of these letters with the bigger marquee letters in the Heidi Swapp line. What do you think? Is this a project you’d like to try? Where would you put your succulent letter? Leave me a comment and let me know!
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