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How to make a Driftwood Succulent Planter

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Easy DIY driftwood succulent planter

driftwood used as succulent planter

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piece of driftwood used as planter for succulents

Now here’s how I made this simple driftwood succulent planter!


This project is a lazy gardener’s dream!

First, let me tell you how easy this project is. To be honest, I’m not much of a gardener. And any gardening that I do is on the lazy side, meaning that if it involves lots of pulling weeds or sweating profusely then I’m probably not going to be doing it. And here in Tennessee we get 90% humidity in the summer so not too much gardening happens in our yard.

driftwood with little succulents on brick floor

Supplies Needed

Time Needed – approximately 30 minutes 

If you find a piece of driftwood that has cracks or crevices that are large enough for plants, this project will take less than 30 minutes. If it doesn’t have a place for plants, you’ll need to use a drill and a special hole cutting attachment to make holes in the driftwood. (Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using power tools). Drilling the holes shouldn’t take more than a few more minutes. It’s a quick project either way. I’m a lazy gardener, remember??

driftwood used as planter for succulents

The How-To

1. Fill in holes or crevices

moss on driftwood

After you’ve drilled any necessary holes, add a bit of potting soil and Forest Moss or Spanish moss as filler to the driftwood. Plan where you want to place your plants and leave spaces there. You can use your hot glue gun or just pack the moss in somewhat tightly.

succulents and driftwood planter with moss

2. Start adding your plants 

attaching succulents with glue gun

Remove excess soil from the plants and glue them into place. Let the glue cool slightly  so it doesn’t burn them. Plants have feelings too. 😁

3. Continue until all plants are added

driftwood used as planter for succulents

4. Fill in gaps with moss

After all of your plants are in place you can add more moss around them for support. Moss also helps hold moisture. 

driftwood used as planter for succulents

ENJOY! That’s it! The succulents should be misted with water a couple of times per week. Definitely a lazy gardener’s type of plants.

So just a question, but does anyone else think my driftwood looks a little like a teddy bear? You see it now, don’t you? Those little arms reaching out. Tell me you see it, lol. 

rustic birdhouse and garden sphere with driftwood succulent planter

How simple was that? This is the first one I’ve ever made but have been crushing on them for some time. I’ll definitely be making more now that I know how quick and simple it is. I’ve got some seashells and creek glass and a few leftover plants from this project that I want to add to my next ones. Stay tuned to see how they turn out!!

diy driftwood succulent planter

RELATED: if you love hydrangeas as much as me then you’ll also like how I dry them. Even easier than making a driftwood succulent planter! Go HERE to see it. 

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  1. I guess we had the same idea, but they turned out so differently. Your version is beautiful! Don't you just adore succulents?!

  2. What a simple and fantastic idea! I really love the look of succulents with wood…so pretty and easy to care for!

  3. You know that succulents are my jam and now, you've let my secret out! haha Lazy gardener here too! 😉 I love the way these babies look all nestled in on the drift wood, this is totally a project I need to try! PS i totally see the teddy bear!

  4. Angie this is so cute!! Love the succulents and it looks amazing with the driftwood. What a gorgeous combination.

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