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DIY Shiny Succulent Container

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In true DIY fashion, we picked up some shiny objects from a thrift store over on Haight Street, and then turned them into some funky succulent containers.

Tiny succulents in the shiny square.

Tiny succulents in the shiny square.

Shiny Hanging Succulent Container #1 is your basic cooling rack.  You know, a mesh wire metal thingy that you put a hot pan on.  I took two of them, and made a sphagnum moss sandwich.

Two metal cooling racks.

Two metal cooling racks.

Below, you can get a better idea of the set up.  I put some damp sphagnum in between the two wire cooling racks.  Next, I tied the top to the bottom using some hemp cord to help keep the moss from falling out of the sides.  Tiny cuttings were taken from all over the garden.  We poked holes in the moss, and inserted the succulent cuttings.

Inserting succulent cuttings into the moss.

Inserting succulent cuttings into the moss.

From thrift store throw away, to shiny hanging succulents.  We are letting this guy lay on its side for a couple weeks until the roots take.  Then we can hang it vertically on the fence.  This recycled object is a little reminiscent of my first tiny succulent cutting container.

Complete, and will take some time to grow roots.

Complete, and will take some time to grow roots.

Onward to Shiny Succulent Object #2.  Man that Aeonium looks sweet with all that Sedum!

DIY Shiny Succulent Container #2

DIY Shiny Succulent Container #2

Okay, I have no clue what this this shiny thing with handle was supposed to be.  No worries though, it is destined to be turned into some succulent magic.

Shiny object in question.

Shiny object in question.

Same deal here.  I filled it with some damp sphagnum moss, and gathered a bunch of Sedum cuttings, and some Aeonium cuttings.  They get tucked in, and left to grow.

More succulent cuttings.

More succulent cuttings.

This cool succulent thing is ready to hang.

Voila, ready to hang.

Voila, ready to hang.

I think we need to do some more of these quick and fun diy projects.  There is always more room for one more unusual succulent container.

– Far Out Flora

8 Comments

  1. So how long until you guys open your own little nursery? You are well on your way with all those fabulous succulents in their creative containers!

  2. I really like #2. Are these designs apartment tolerant?

    • This two container should do well inside if they get bright light. Sometimes the best thing to do is try it out. We have had great luck with nearly all of our succulents inside for periods of time, and I know that in colder temperatures, people will bring in their succulents when the temps start dropping below 35-40F.

  3. These are both really neat ideas! I LOVE the circular one that hangs up…I wonder what in the world that thing was in it’s former life!

  4. Pretty sure the second item was a napkin holder. I repurposed mine into a drying silverware stand (for after washing), but I bought it new in-store as a napkin holder.

  5. How neat! I’m going to have to make a trip to the nearby Thrift Store and Goodwill’s to do some container shopping myself! Both of them are great…really like the idea of a vertical arrangement with the first one! Thanks for sharing the great ideas!!

  6. These container are awesome! Did you pit soil inside the moss before you planted the succulents?

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