A Beachy And Chic Conch Shell Centerpiece

 

Ah, summer. The time for warm weather and wonderful vacations.

If you are planning a vacation on the beach or if you’re lucky enough to live there, I’ve got a treat for you. If you’ve ever been to the beach, you’re bound to have seen your share of seashells. I mean, they’re everywhere! What to do with all those shells, though? I have an amazing idea for you! Personalize your celebration with handmade touches and add easy-breezy beachy style to an indoor or outdoor space by crafting this fabulous Conch Shell Centerpiece!  

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So I happen to LOVE succulents. Seriously, it's becoming a problem. I have them all over my house. They are so resilient, they practically take care of themselves, need little care, and propagate easily. They might be the perfect pet plant for those of you who don't have a green thumb. You'll find these little members of the cactus family growing all over the rocky beaches in Mexico, which makes them an excellent choice for a coastal-themed DIY conch shell centerpiece.

 

Materials: 

1 large conch shell
1 small block of floral foam
Toothpicks
Succulents
Moss

Directions: 

Step 1:  

Trim the block of floral foam enough to fit inside the conch shell. Slather the inside of the conch with glue if you want this to be permanent. I wanted my shell back to be natural when this was over, so I didn't use glue. Once the foam fits snugly, stuff it in!

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Step 2: 

 Cover the block with moss or any other material you might want to use to keep it invisible. I used moss and once again did not use any glue, however, if you are using this for an outdoor event where it could be windy (such as on a beach), I highly recommend using glue (but not hot glue) to secure the moss.

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Step 3:

 Next, trim off the succulents you want to use in your centerpiece. They come in a myriad of varieties, and you don't have to worry about them wilting overnight, keeping them refrigerated or watered (like I said, SUPER easy). Trimming off the leave of a succulent just causes it to grow a whole new plant! Poke a toothpick through the bottom of each plant.

Step 4:  

Start arranging  your pants by sticking the other end of the toothpicks into the floral foam.

*Hint: If you are looking for a more permanent solution that's a little more "green", fill your conch shell with succulent soil (very light, drains well) and actually plant them in the shell. 

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