Looking for a cute and super easy centerpiece idea? How about a succulent planter made out of a found log wood or piece of driftwood. This succulent centerpiece idea is easy and fast to make.
How to make a diy succulent centerpiece in 7 easy steps
Making a succulent centerpiece is easy and can be done in 7 easy steps within 30 minutes. Succulents can grow in any kind of container and don’t need a lot of special care. Choose a shallow container that will compliment the succulents and give them a small amount of soil, or moss to grow their roots in.
Let me show you the steps in greater detail of how I created this DIY succulent centerpiece.
- * Piece of found driftwood, a wood log or shallow container.
- * Moss, (succulent) soil or coco matting
- * Succulents of choice
- * Additional decorations
- No special tools needed
- Choose a container
- Choose your preferred soil or medium for the roots to grow in
- Buy a collection of succulents
- Try out the arrangement to see how it all looks together
- Prepare your container for planting
- Prepare and plant your succulents
- Add some cover and decorations
This project started here. With a wood log laying around in our garden. When I moved into this house there was a lot of fire wood scattered all around the garden. Most of it pretty rough and not really cut to size. My guy has been in charge of the wood and the wood burner ever since he found out he really liked this manly man stuff ?
I love seeing him wield his axe and being all manly man…. ?
Then one day he came in and said ‘look at this wood log, it looks awesome. I am not going to burn it! Can’t you do something crafty with it?’. And here we are. I did something crafty with this special and oddly shaped wood log.
I knew immediately I wanted to turn it into a outdoor succulent planter. It was just too perfect for that. I have admired many driftwood succulent planter ideas, but driftwood is a bit hard to come by in my neck of the woods. But this wood log succulent planter is a pretty good knock off.
After a quick shopping trip to the garden center for a small collection of succulents I was all good to go. From my Christmas centerpieces I still had a container with moss left. It had mostly dried out but I knew it was still perfect for my succulents to root in. If you don’t have ‘fresh’ moss, you can also use Spanish moss which comes in several colors, or coco fiber that is used to line hanging baskets. And I am sure a leftover bit of burlap and the soil that comes with the succulents will do fine too.
Start by trying out your succulent arrangement in your planter. Move them around a bit until you get a combination that you like. I paid attention to the colors and shapes of the succulents and how I could show off the special shape of my wood log aka driftwood.
Then prepare your planter by adding a layer of your growing medium. I added a layer of the moss, but as I said there are many options. If necessary you could use hot glue to adhere your medium to the container. Then plant your succulents with the soil they came in. You could add extra soil if necessary, your succulents would be thankful for special succulent soil. But in all honesty you will most probably not need it. Succulents are amongst the hardiest of plants they need very little soil, nutrients or water. In fact they don’t thrive in too luxurious surroundings. I simply wrapped a bit of moss around the soil and stuffed the succulents in the wood log.
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I used more moss to cover the soil on top and to fill gaps. You could also use gravel for this.
Basically that was it. Those were all the steps necessary. Adding some decorations was just fun and fluff. The whole project took me 90 minutes and at least 60 of those were spent browsing at the garden center, because I couldn’t just hop in for the succulents only……….
With all my ingredients ready, the assembly took less than 20 minutes. Pinky Promise !
This turned out by far the easiest project I have ever done! And I think it looks so good on our garden table. I am in love with the rustic look of our wood log. I really do think it looks just like a driftwood succulent planter. But then again it might not have been the sea, but that wood log surely was weathered and beaten up by the elements as if it had been lying on a beach.
Caring for my outdoor succulent planter will be easy. I will mist the succulents with some water every two weeks (more often if we hit another heat wave), and I will very carefully wet the moss from time to time. I am sure I will get to enjoy them for many months to come.
My succulent centerpiece DIY received two thumbs up from the guy too. I have a sneaky suspicion he will be on the lookout for more curious looking wood logs from now on….
So who knows there may be more fun succulent planters in our future.
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Marianne Songbird is the founder of Songbird, where she hopes to inspire everyone to create a home they love, one DIY project at a time. She shares anything from craft ideas to home decor inspiration and from DIY projects to decorating hacks. Originally from the Netherlands Marianne and her husband Lex are currently renovating a 250-year-old farmhouse in Germany.