My latest project, putting together this succulent planter, was a big one to tackle, but really fun to work on! This is also something a little different than what I’ve done before so that also made it more interesting.
A few weeks ago I went to Fleattitude, a vintage market held from time to time near my house. The last time we went I felt very inspired but didn’t end up buying anything. This time though, I found the perfect thing for me, this white wire planter. Isn’t it beautiful?!
I knew immediately that it was going to be filled with succulents. Over the weeks that followed I slowly made progress on designing what I was going to do and actually planting it. This is probably one of the most expensive projects I’ve done. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out but I also think there is room for improvement. I’ll talk about that a little later. For now, let me tell you what I did!
I started out by purchasing 2 cocount liners. The width of the planter was a couple inches longer than anything I found, so I bought two liners and pieced them together. Overall that worked out really well. In the end you can’t even tell. I attached the liners to the planter using wire and looping it around one of the wires then securing it on the inside (so the wires didn’t show very much).
After the liner was in, I decided I wanted to use the cuttings I had leftover from my succulent centerpieces and succulent topiary ball and cover the front of the planter. I didn’t go all the way around for two reasons: I didn’t have that many cuttings and the planter will likely only be viewed from one side. To attach the cuttings, I used scissors to poke a hole in the coconut liner (like I did with the topiary and wreath). I had to make sure the hole was big enough for the cutting otherwise I had a really hard time getting the stems through. This was probably the hardest part. The coconut liner wasn’t as soft and pliable as the wreath form so having a large hole really made a difference. Once the cutting was in the hole, I took a small piece of wire and inserted it into the cutting perpendicular to the stem, as close to the liner as possible. This prevented the cuttings from falling out (a very crucial step).
When the cuttings were all in I felt really good about the project and felt like I could have stopped there. It really looked like a piece of art! Just like with the topiary ball, I tried not to place two of the same succulent varieties next to each other. I wanted it to look really mixed and varied.
The next step in the process was actually filling the planter. I filled the planted up with my usual well draining soil and then added in some larger plants. I didn’t have very many large plants to use for the planter so I ended up going shopping. At this time of year it’s really hard to find colorful succulents that are in very good shape, at least locally in Utah. I found a couple, but not quite what I was hoping for. I know I could have ordered online but I was a little too anxious and I didn’t want to spend very much more than I already had. Nonetheless, I think the finished product was pretty impressive! For the planter itself I tried to place contrasting plants next to each other, whether they contrasted in color, shape or texture. It took a lot of plants to fill it! Once I had the big plants in, I filled in with some smaller plants and even put some cuttings in the small holes.
I’d love your feedback! What do you think of the cuttings across the front? What do you think about the arrangement of plants in the top of the planter? Does the whole thing work together? I’m open to any feedback you have, whether praise or suggestions. Call me crazy, but one of my favorite parts of school was my photo critiques. I loved hearing what other people thought I should change. I think it’s really fun :)
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