It's no secret that I am crushing hard on this succulent trend. I bought a whole huge flat of succulents at a garage sale this summer and they have done so well that many of them are growing new blooms. I needed somewhere to plant these new shoots and happened to have a large piece of driftwood that I found on the beach this summer.
With a little help from my handy husband, I was able to make a driftwood planter for my succulents that I am in love with! The best part is, it cost me next to nothing!
Want to know how?
My kids all go to summer camp on Whidbey Island in Washington. You have to take a ferry to get there, and on one particular drop off, the line for the ferry had a wait time of over three hours! Instead of waiting in my car, I got out and wandered over to the beach and found some pretty large pieces of driftwood. I put them in my garden a few months ago and hadn't thought about them since.
Almost five years ago, my husband and I used a hole saw and created a bird book. That bird book sits on my counter in my laundry room, and I happened to glance over at it and thought, "self, why don't you use that hole saw and drill some holes in the driftwood you got this summer and make a planter."
So, I recruited my husband to drill three holes in one of the larger pieces of driftwood. The hole saw is 3" in diameter so you really do need a fairly wide piece of driftwood. You also want to make sure that your hole doesn't go all the way through your driftwood because you want your plants to sit inside of it.
Because we didn't want the hole to go all the way through, Mike had to get smart with how he removed the inside of the cut circle. He used a chisel and a hammer to remove the cut part.
Once the holes are drilled out, this is what your driftwood will look like.
I used some moss that I had on hand and used my hot glue gun to glue the moss into the bottom of the hole. Once the moss was in place, I planted my succulents inside each of the holes.
You can use your planter outside in your garden
Or inside on your table.
I really love how it turned out! Now to get stuck in a ferry line again so I have a reason to go on a driftwood hunt!