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DIY: How to bring some green to your interior ?

DIY | 2016-03-22 09:29:51

DIY: How to bring some green to your interior ?

Find out two DIY tutorials imagined by the EQ team to decorate your interior with succulent plants

EQ candle flowers
Spring has almost sprung, and what could be better than planting something indoors to welcome the warmer days?
This is very timely! The EQ team has been thinking about you – and we’ve found THE best way to incorporate some green into your life by showing you two super easy tutorials. No more excuses – it’s time to set your green fingers free.




DIY #1: BUILD A DECORATIVE PLANT FRAME



For this tutorial, you’ll need:

  • 3 empty jam jars
  • 3 succulent plants
  • A wooden board
  • Wood paint (optional)
  • A brush
  • 3 small screws/ nails
  • A hammer
  • A screwdriver
  • 3 iron hose clamps

DIY plant frame



step 1 plant frame

1) FIND A RECLAIMED WOODEN BOARD

Before starting to build your plant frame, you’ll need to get a wooden board.
You could try and find a nice piece of driftwood, or a wooden board from a DIY store.
For example, the board that we’ve chosen is 10cm wide and 40cm long.



2) PAINT YOUR BOARD HOWEVER YOU WANT

Let your imagination run wild and try a bit of colour, or event a special design (Posca markers work especially well on this type of surface), or you can go for a natural look, without decoration.

step 2 plant frame

3) ADJUST YOUR HOSE CLAMP

Once the board is ready, you need to adjust the iron hose clamp according to the width of your jam jars. You just need to put the clamp on the jar and close the gap by screwing it in as far as it can go.



4) MARK WITH A PENCIL

Before nailing down the jars, I would measure the space between the plants and drawing a faint pencil line so your design stays fairly regular.

step 3 plant frame

5) PUT THE NAILS IN YOUR PLANT STAND

Now it’s time to put your DIY hat on and get your hammer out to nail the small screws into your hose clamps. You’ll see that there’s a small hole at the clamping level where you can insert the screws.



6) MOVE YOUR PLANTS INTO THE JAM JARS

Now that the wall frame is ready, carefully place the plants into the jam jars while moistening them slightly so they don’t dry out.


decorative office area

7) FIND THE PERFECT PLACE FOR YOUR PLANT FRAME

Finally, you need to choose the perfect place for your indoor plant frame – but this one’s up to you!
We’ve put our plant frames in the office area, if that helps you out. There’s nothing better than something green in your work space: it’s perfect for stimulating creativity.



DIY #2: RECYCLE A USED EQ CANDLE JAR FOR YOUR PLANT



If you’re like us, you’ll be addicted to EQ candles with their gorgeous fragrances; each one more tempting than the last. You should have plenty of empty candles to use. Yes, we know it’s sad :(
But dry your tears, because the EQ team is here for you to help give them a second chance at life by recycling the jars.
We don’t really think about it: we automatically throw away used candles. But that day is done – we’re going to give you the latest tips on how to restore the glasses and transform them into beautiful decorative pots.


EQ candle empty

step 1 EQ candle

1) REMOVE ANY REMAINING WAX

There are several ways to do this, but for us the easiest way is to melt the wax when it’s still in the jar with some boiling water. The wax will melt so you can throw it in the bin. To get any last stubborn bits off, use a Brillo pad and white vinegar.

step 2 EQ candle

2) REMOVE THE LABEL

There’s nothing easier than brushing the label with a bit of olive oil (or any other type of vegetable oil, it doesn’t really matter). Wait a few minutes and all you have to do is slide a sponge over the top. The result looks pristine!

cactus EQ candle

3) PUT YOUR PLANTS INTO THE JAR OF YOUR USED CANDLE

Get your favourite succulent plant and put it into the EQ glass jar.
To personalise your jar, you can add a few splashes of colour. If you’re feeling arty, why not try out some designs on the glass? If that’s not your thing, then why not use EQ’s Little Madi candles ? They’ve already been decorated by Madi, a brilliant artist.
To find out more, click here.

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