Now that the holidays are officially packed up until next year, we can start to look forward to spring! This means brighter colors, more greenery, pretty pastels, lots of sunshine, and a chance to take a fresh new look at our homes and gardens in ways big and small.
Last week we brought the outdoors in with our January learn + grow workshop at our LA location, where we created unique and beautiful Succulent Driftwood Arrangements with friends old and new. This is a truly stunning piece to add to your coffee table, bedroom, window sill, or wherever your home needs a pop of color. The best part about working with a vessel like driftwood is that no two pieces will be the same, no matter what!
For our out-of-state friends and those who couldn't make it to last week's workshop, see the full tutorial below to make your own succulent driftwood arrangements. Why not make an afternoon of it and invite your craftiest friends over for a day of coffee and DIYing?
What You Need:
- Long piece of Driftwood
- Plastic Sheeting
- Potting Soil
- Mixture of 4” succulents
- Reindeer Moss
- Spray bottle
- Old Paintbrush
1. Start by picking out your driftwood piece. Embrace the pieces that have odd curves and angles—it makes a much more interesting arrangement! If you don’t have a driftwood piece with holes like ours, you can use the natural crevices to create your arrangement or use a self-feed bit or spade bit to drill various holes along the driftwood.
2. Cut a piece of plastic sheeting about 4” bigger in diameter than your driftwood holes. Then insert the cut plastic sheet into the holes to create a lining that will prevent the moisture from your arrangement from soaking into the driftwood. There should be an overhang of plastic sheeting around the hole—don’t cut this off yet! You will trim this off close to completing your arrangement.
3. Next, cover the bottom of your plastic lining with a ½-1 inch layer of gravel. This helps with drainage and will help prevent any rotting or odors.
4. Now it’s planting time! We always pick out our succulents and think of a few different design and color options before digging in (Pun intended!) Add a thin layer of soil on top of your gravel before planting, we also recommend having a bucket of well draining porous soil next to you.
5. Gently message the bottom of your succulent containers and ease them out by the pot rather than pulling at their leaves. If you wish to split one pot of several or smaller succulents apart, apply the same maneuver onto their roots, gently massaging them apart. Keep in mind to be very gently! They should naturally separate with a little coaxing.
6. Next, place them in your driftwood according to the design of your choice. After all of your succulents are situated, fill in all negative space with soil and gently compact the soil. Be careful not to plant above the level the succulent was planted in its plastic nursery pot. You don’t want the soil to touch the crown, or base of your succulents. Be sure to fill in all the holes and spaces or else the roots will dry out and the plants may die!
7. Now cut off your excess plastic sheeting. Use scissors to carefully trim off the plastic along the edge of your holes.
8. Almost there! Now it’s moss time. We used reindeer moss to add a pop of color and cover some of our bare spots on the arrangement. Just tuck a few pieces under succulent leaves and along the driftwood to your liking.
9. You may notice a bunch of dirt nestled in your succulents and over your arrangement. Our secret is to use an old paintbrush to lightly dust off any unwanted particles and keep your arrangement looking brand-new!
WATERING + CARE:
If you are placing your arrangement indoors, remember to keep in mind that succulents love really bright light and full sun is preferred. Wait a few days before you water your new garden, then you may proceed with normal watering. Water Make sure to water only when soil is dry, this might take a week or two weeks. Adjust your watering depending on the amount of light. Remember, more light and less water is best! Water plants once or twice a month; be sure to not get water on their leaves though. In the wintertime, succulents and cacti need rest from watering to mimic their dry season. Watering your plants depends on their environment. We can’t stress enough: always check that your soil is dry before you water!