We asked a few of our favorite bloggers from around the web to craft unique projects using one of the most versatile plants in our garden center: succulents. These are the kinds of project covered in The Home Depot’s Do-It-Herself Workshop Inspired by Pinterest: Succulent Gardens.
Rayan Turner of The Design Confidential certainly lived up to her reputation as a DIY daredevil with these fabulously funky macrame succulent hanging gardens. Check out her unique take on an indoor hanging garden.
Nothing beats the winter blues like bringing a bit of the outdoors in. Spring is the perfect time of year to start thinking about some of those plants that are overlooked when the temperatures drop, and succulents are the perfect choice to usher in that warm weather. In my part of Northern California it heats up during the summer to temperatures that shouldn’t even be mentioned aloud. Succulents do best indoors or in somewhat filtered light outside, so this happens to be the perfect excuse for creating indoor succulent hanging gardens. They’re a fabulous way to brighten things up in this otherwise bland area of my home.
MATERIALS FOR THE HANGING SUCCULENT GARDEN:
- Succulents in various types and color combinations
- Sheet moss
- Neon Premium Braided Mason Twine
- Swivel hangers
- Phillips head screw driver
- Knife or box cutter
- Large bowl
Depending on the size of you succulents, you will likely want to cut your sheet moss into four squares using your box cutter or knife. Wipe away much of the dirt, and loosen the roots on the back side of your moss so that it is fairly shallow.
Lay out six equal pieces of twine across your bowl in a North, South, East, West pattern and then add the remaining two pieces on the diagonal.
Lay your square of moss over the top of your twine, inside the bowl and it will to begin to create a slight bowl shape itself.
Prepare your first succulent for ‘planting’ by loosening the roots and removing a good portion of the root ball just as you did for the moss. We are working with a small area here, so the less mass this plant has, the better.
Place it in the moss planter bowl and adjust the twine so that your strands are evenly spaced all the way around the circumference of the bowl.
Begin to tie your planter by carefully pulling the twine tight and rotate back and forth, which side of the plant you tie your pieces on. You will essentially be creating a box of tied pieces around your plant since you will tie one on the left, one on the right, one on the top, and so on and so forth. Be careful not to harm your plant in the process.
Make sure your plant is centered and remove any pieces of moss that stick up around the top edges. You will want your planter to be as round as possible. Cut off the ends of the twine so you don’t have to contend with them later. They won’t serve any additional purpose so it will be fine!
Using your Neon Twine, tie an end to one of your pieces of regular twine on your succulent to give it a starting point.
Begin to wind and wrap your neon twine in a random haphazard pattern all around the mossy portion of your planter. You don’t need to wrap around the top where the plant sits, but you can use this step to help you shape your planter into more of a ball shape if it isn’t quite round after the previous steps.
Make sure to wrap adequately but gently so as not to hurt the moss more than necessary.
Install your swivel hangers in a pattern you enjoy (I chose a triangular pattern for my purposes) in a grouping of three or five.
Cut your neon twine into groups at three various lengths. I chose 8 feet, 6 feet, and 4 feet and cut five strands of each length.
Gather all five pieces of one length and tie them in the center using so that there is a knot with length on either side of it.
Once again, spread your pieces around the circumference of your bowl with the knot in the middle
Set your plant on top and tie the strands together at around 8 inches above the top of the plant, and then again near the end of your twine, then hang from your hooks.
Voila! Your succulent hanging gardens are complete:
Hang and enjoy! I love the unexpected pop of color these add to this neutral area, and of course you can choose any color or plant you like for a project such as this.
Tip: To water your succulent ganging gardens, simply remove from swivel hanger, and water in a traditional fashion for succulents, allowing your planter to drip dry in the sink or outside until you can hang again without the mess.
Rayan is the Founding Editor and Creative Director of the wildly popular blog The Design Confidential. She’s a designer, mommy, and lifestyle blogger by day… furniture builder and DIY risk taker by night, bringing, as she says, Chic and Stylish DIY Projects to the Masses. She’s constantly experimenting with new methods for ‘making’ her own furniture and decor and bringing her love of art and design into her home without incurring the typical cost.
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