Introduction: Hanging Driftwood Planter

Recently, I found a nice piece of driftwood on the beach, and was wondering what I could do with it. Then, the idea came, a hanging planter! This is an easy project to make, with a nice natural look.

Step 1: Materials

To make this hanging driftwood planter, you will need:

A Driftwood Log

Succulents, or Shallow Rooted Plants

Power Drill

Spade Drill Bits (1 1/2 and 3/4)

Size 8 Drill Bit



Potting Mix



Step 2: Marking Area to Cut Out

Firstly, mark areas to drill and chisel out. When doing this keep in mind that you need to leave a few centimeters off the edge, so you don't drill out the side. I also angled the smaller area a little forward so that the smaller succulents that i planted there would be more noticeable.

Step 3: Drilling

For this step, find the biggest drill bit you have (as long as it is within the lines marked) and drill out as many holes as you can. Once you have drilled as many as you can with you big drill bit, use a smaller one to drill left over bits out. Just remember, the more you drill out, the less you have to chisel.

Step 4: Chiseling

To remove any leftover wood in your marked off area, use a hammer and chisel to chip away at the overhang. Next, sand the black marking lines off around your planting areas.

Step 5: Holes for Hanging

Use your size 8 drill bit and drill holes where you want the driftwood to hang. Now, tie your rope through those holes, tucking the know down into any crevices you find to hide it. If you're unsure how to tie a strong knot, I used the Stopper Knot (Ashley's Stopper).

Step 6: Selecting Succulents

Depending on what is growing in your area, or what succulents are at your local gardening shop, you can use any kind of succulents. You don't have to use succulents, you can use any short rooted plants, such as herbs. Be creative with colors, sizes, shapes and varieties of plants. Just lay them out in your planter, and when you're happy with the design, move on to the next step.

Step 7: Planting

Using the layout you planned, pour potting mix into your planter, and place your plants in. Make sure to water them a few times over the next week to get their roots established.

Step 8: Hanging

Finally, find a nice spot to hang your driftwood planter. However, it doesn't have to be hanging, it could be on the ground, attached to a fence, or even hanging vertically with plants out the side! If you have any questions on what materials i used, or how i did a certain step, feel free to ask me in the comments below. I will try to get back to you as soon as i can.

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