Last summer, we hiked Green Diamond land that is adjacent to our house. We spent so much time out there, we could draw you a very detailed map in our sleep. One of the things we did every time was to look for treasure. It just so happens that we have a private lake that was dredged last year in the spring time. What they dumped was quite the treasure. We found so much driftwood that we could die happy! (ok that might be an exaggeration, but you are catching my drift, right?) Today I finally put it to use. I made (and I am going to show you how, Yay!) a driftwood planter for succulents. Say what?
I like this idea for two reasons, 1) Its driftwood, so it will eventually compost down, but my succulents, will have a wonderful place to grow while that happens. 2) It’s so easy to do! The driftwood is soft so it’s relatively easy to carve out. This thing took me LESS than an afternoon. I started around noon and finished up before dinner was cooking, and I took a break in there too.
Ok I lied, I love this project for 3 reasons!
The very best part of this project aside from the ease of this, the very best part of this project was that I did not spend a single dime to make it. HUH? Here’s my supply list:
Here’s the catch: I already had a wood chisel, so that’s why I didn’t have to spend any money on this project. I went and found the set I own for you which is this Stanley 16-150 150 Series Short Blade 3-Piece Wood Chisel Set. (By the way, this post contains affiliate links. That means that if you purchase something through a link I provide, I may earn a small commission at no charge to you. But I only share links that I personally use and love! to learn more please see the Disclosure & Such page. thank you!)
Would you look at that driftwood?
The driftwood you see above is about 3 1/2 feet long and about 6 inches deep. It is so solid and not what I have come to know driftwood to weigh! And, heavier and thicker at one end, which is just fine. It had been sitting on my front porch being used as a cat scratching post over the winter, so I took a piece of sandpaper and just softened it back up a bit.
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Let the work begin!
At first, I thought I would draw a few diamond shapes. Cute little ones. After the first was carved out, that plan changed. Freehanding turned out to be much easier and looked better as well. The pictures can speak for themselves.
Nothing is perfect
Do you see those cuts? Can you tell they are rough and not the prettiest? Well here’s why that’s ok: no one will see those because they will be filled with dirt and little plants! I played with the depth, going about knuckle deep.
Ready to get dirty?
I have tons of chicks and hens, sourced from my mama. These little guys are super easy to take care of and multiply like bunnies. And the baby ones? SOOOO cute! What I like the best about these is that you can forget to water them and they still live (unlike your kids or dogs!)
I went to the succulent patch and dug some up. I also collected the dirt they were growing in.
To finish up your project, select the best of your succulents. I chose a variety of larger and baby plants for a growing look. I simply sprinkled dirt in the bottom of each hole and lay the root and plant on top. Finish covering with dirt and lightly water each. Are you ready to see the cutest easiest project you have ever laid your beautiful eyes on?
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Your beautiful driftwood planter
Now the only question is who are you going to give it too?
I personally have this on display in my garden, but it would make a lovely gift for any minimalist gardener or someone who loves unique gifts!
Have you built a driftwood planter before? I would love to see it!
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