If you’re looking for a reason to hit the beach this summer, do I have the reason for you. Amidst redoing the dining room, I knew the table centerpiece had to be a knock out. Hence, this DIY driftwood succulent centerpiece came to be. And it only took ten minutes to make.
Long story short; go find yo’self some baller driftwood, beaches. It’s time to play gardener.
This isn’t one of your regular DIY projects; this piece of driftwood is near and dear to me. Our wedding florist has become somewhat of a family florist, and this driftwood was used as a floral arrangement at my Daddio’s 60th a couple years back. It’s been leaning around in corners for a while when it hit me: no table centerpiece could accent this glorious, custom-made poplar table better.
Cacti and I are tight, but succulents and I have had a love/hate relationship. Our house has beautiful natural light, but these little bastards require special attention. They stretch in indirect sunlight and croak if you overwater. 😐 I’ve learned the best way to care for interior succulent arrangements is a plant mister, good drainage, understanding your indoor climate and location, location, location.
First things first, our supplies & tools:
– Large and/or small plastic bags
– Succlent & Cacti potting soil
– Power drill
– Hole saw attachment (pick your size!)
– 1’’ Furniture sliders
First up, stabilize your driftwood. My piece was generally stable, but needed a little shoring up to ensure it didn’t tip in an active area. After a couple of test runs, I used two, 1’’ furniture sliders to keep the driftwood from tipping over.
Next up, make a space for your succulents. This driftwood had two natural openings. I used a power drill and 2” hole saw attachment to make room for more plants.
Once you have your potted areas, use a large or small plastic bag to fill the space. Secure to driftwood using thumbtacks. Lightly hammer in with a mallet, if necessary. Cut the excess plastic bag with scissor.
TIP: Wood hardness will vary. My driftwood was incredibly hard. I bent several thumbtacks! They secured best when I tapped them in delicately.
Fill the bottom of the plastic bag with just enough pebbles to ensure drainage, retaining enough room for soil. Pot your succulents and fill any remaining room with fresh succulent/cacti potting soil. If you’re feeling fancy, top off with decorative pebbles.
Voila! Your room just went from BAM to WAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM. 💣
TIP: Succulents are hardcore. You can manhandle those little SOBs to the roots and they’ll survive. So, if you need to fit them into a tight space, don’t be afraid to swipe the excess soil away. I’ve never met a plant more badass. In fact, you don’t even want to water them for two to three days after you plant them. It’s like transplant detox. Hardcooorrrrre.