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    Default Foliage DIY (picture heavy:)

    Here is my first stab at gecko DIY's

    Tools needed: wire cutters, hot glue gun, scissors
    Supplies: fake foliage, magnets, hot glue, branches

    I did some reading on the forum and made a trip to Salvation Army for some second hand plants.
    And WOW did I score! $5 for all of it



    The exact same bunch of thick plastic fern was at Michael's for $20. While at Michael's I also picked up some
    long droopy vine plant on sale for $3.



    I soaked and scrubbed the plants thoroughly in hot water with a little bit of soap. The ferns had old glue on
    them so I spent about an hour picking all of that off by hand. (My only second-hand plant complaint)

    I also gathered some killer sycamore wood around my campus before break. Maintenance left behind a thick
    9ft branch that I gleefully carried across campus and to class with me I cut the branch up and cooked it at
    400 F for 30 minutes. (Looking back this was too long, as it burnt the lovely white portions of the wood)



    I cut the plants with wire cutters and hot glued them to magnets.



    Then I used extra foliage to cover the magnets.




    I also kept some pieces as stems as the soil in one of my tanks is very thick. And they made great umbrella-like hides




    And glued some directly to the sticks just for fun.



    I checked all plants for exposed wire and sharp stems. Anything sharp was covered with a glob of hot glue.

    Some “Finished” enclosures:



    Nox has no complaints



    Thanks for reading

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    Awesome job!! I love the umbrella looking plant
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elise.m View Post
    Awesome job!! I love the umbrella looking plant
    Thank you, my favorite as well Everyone who has one is currently residing under it!
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    Very nice!!!!! I actually like the way the branches turned out...just glad they didn't catch fire at that temp.

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