How to Easily Create Driftwood Planters at Home (DIY)

Ceramic pots are beautiful, but they aren’t the most natural way to display your succulents and air plants. After all, air plants don’t grow in pots in nature anyways!

If you want a more natural way to show off your plants, you should plant them on driftwood. Driftwood logs make beautiful, rustic planters that will bring a little bit of the outdoors into your home.

Air plants actually grow on trees in the rainforest, so they’ll do quite well on pieces of driftwood. Succulents usually grow in soil, so you’ll need to get a little creative with your planting technique to keep them healthy. But with a few modifications, driftwood logs make a wonderful home for either succulents or air plants! Check out our more in-depth guide on Everything You Need to Know About Air Plants.

If you’d like to learn how to create driftwood planters at home without a lot of special tools, then keep reading!


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How to make driftwood planters at home @lylasdriftwooddreams

Planting Air Plants on Driftwood

Driftwood and air plants are the perfect pair! Air plants are epiphytes, so they don’t need soil in order to thrive. Planting them in soil is actually bad for them. Since you can’t really plant them in regular pots and planters, driftwood logs are a great alternative.

All you need to do to plant air plants on driftwood is to glue them down to the log with some clear crafting glue. You can add decorative moss around each plant to make your driftwood planter prettier, but it’s optional.

Remember to mist your air plants with a spray bottle or dunk them in some water every few days to keep them looking nice and healthy. Here’s another Succulent City article, dedicated to the watering routine for Air Plants and additional terrariums for your air plants.

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Unique aquarium driftwood planter @outoftheboxplanters

Planting Succulents on Driftwood

There are a few different ways you can plant succulents on driftwood. You can glue your succulents straight onto the driftwood log with crafting glue, but they won’t last for more than a few months because they need soil to thrive.

That’s why we like to attach our succulents to some Spanish moss or coir soil sheets before securing them them to the driftwood log. It gives them something to root in, and has some nutrients that’ll help sustain them.

To plant your succulents, grab a fistful of Spanish moss or cut out a circle of coir with some sharp scissors. Then use the crafting glue or some hot glue to attach the moss or coir to the driftwood log.

All that’s left to do now is glue your succulents onto the coir or moss and enjoy your new driftwood planter at home! Remember to water the succulents every now and then with a spray bottle.

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Bigger IS better for driftwood @lorichips

Drilling Holes to Make Driftwood Planters

You can turn your driftwood into a real planter by drilling a few holes in it. The holes don’t have to be very big because succulents don’t require a ton of soil or root space.

Taking the time to drill some holes in your driftwood is worth it. Succulents do much better when they’re planted in soil and will last for a lot longer—think years instead of months.

If you aren’t handy enough to drill holes in your driftwood log, you can try to find one that has natural crevices, like this one, that you can fill with soil. Otherwise, follow these next few steps to turn your driftwood log into a succulent planter that’s as beautiful as it is functional!

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Driftwood planters in a pot @eddiebigness

How to Drill Holes for Driftwood Planters

First, grab your power drill and fit it with a spade bit. Then take the piece of driftwood and start drilling holes up and down the length of the log. Drilling holes in wood with a spade bit can be a little tricky, so check out this article if you need some help.

The holes don’t have to be very deep or big, but place your succulents in the holes after you’ve drilled them just to make sure there’s enough space for their roots.

Next, it’s a good idea to glue some sphagnum moss (also known as peat moss) into the holes to create a moisture barrier between the driftwood and your succulents.

Then, grab some succulent soil and fill the holes to the top with it. Nestle your succulents in the soil, making sure to cover their roots. Finally, stand back and admire your hard work!

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Beautiful succulent arrangement @angemala1124

Now you have all the information you need to make beautiful driftwood planters! Would you create driftwood planters at home?—Do you like them, or are they a little too rustic for your tastes? Let us know your opinion in the comments section below or share your driftwood creations in our exclusive Facebook group, Succulent City Plant Lounge.

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How to Easily Create Driftwood Planters at Home (DIY)