Going through some of our old posts, I realized that we’d shared a bucket load of planters tutorials on the blog. Everything from eco-friendly branch mug planters to floating teapots and even large gabion planters. It’s no wonder since we have a huge collection of succulents that are always looking for a new home. So forgive me if I share another planter tutorial with you all. A succulent moss pillow planter that will add a little fairytale magic to your garden.
Isn’t it just beautiful? I’m over the moon with how easy it was to make and how it turned out.
What you need:
- Chicken Wire
- Wire Cutters
- Coconut Fibre/Coir Basket Liner
- Moss, Succulents, and Soil
How to Make a Succulent Moss Pillow Planter
Figure out how big you want your moss pillow planter to be and cut a piece of chicken wire that’s twice as long and 4 cm (2″) wider. Fold the cut piece in half length wise.
It should already have a pillow-ish shape.
Oh by the way, see that grimy plaster.
Yeah, that one. Just so you all know, that’s not a DIY injury. It’s a nasty cut from chopping up carrots. Cooking is way more dangerous than DIY could ever be 😀 And don’t worry; I get tetanus booster shots every few years so I can travel in Africa, so I’m basically “rust immune” 😉
Anyhoos, to complete the outer casing for the pillow planter, fold the side edges over twice to form a pocket. It’s just like sewing seams in a real pillow.
Once you have the outer casing of your moss pillow cut and sewn over, it’s time to start stuffing that little baby.
How to Stuff the Moss Pillow
Place a layer of coconut fibre on the bottom of the chicken wire pillow casing.
Add a layer of newspaper, and then add a second layer of coconut fiber. The newspaper helps stop the two layers of fiber from sticking together.
Add moss in between the coconut fiber and the chicken wire.
Don’t you love how gorgeous that rust looks against the moss?
Once the pillow has been sufficiently lined with coconut fiber and moss, remove the newspaper.
Stuff the pillow firmly with soil. Make sure you compact the soil really well to prevent the pillow from sagging.
To finish the pillow off, join the top edges together by bending the wires over each other. Cut a small hole in the moss pillow and use your fingers to make a hole in the soil. Carefully tuck a succulent or two inside the hole, and close the hole around the succulent to secure it.
And that’s it; the succulent moss pillow planter is ready to add to your garden.
We put ours on a park bench we rescued from the dump many years ago.
And I think it looks magical 😉
What do you think? Would you make a mossy pillow for your garden?
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BTW, if you enjoyed this magical mossy pillow planter, then you’re going to love these ideas:
- Gorgeous succulent mushrooms that are guaranteed to wow
- Striking gabion planters to create a statement
- A small window planter with faux, rusty window frames
- Unique and “oh, so stylish” broken wine glass planters
- A leprechaun-approved mossy boot planter
- A tin can repurpose that our Gypsy fairies love
- And finally, our rustic, eco-friendly branch mug planters
And if you have moss and coconut fiber left over after making your pillow, why not make a few of these adorable moss creatures? They’re guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
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And if you prefer to buy rather than DIY, then maybe these beauties will appeal.
And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.