How to make a wood log planter with succulents


I’ve such a weak spot for rustic garden decorations with untreated wood. Every time when we cut a tree or get logs for our firewood, I want to get creative with it. Since I was just repotting some plants, the latest batch of logs came in handy. I made a wood log planter and I’m going to show you how I did it. 🙂

DIY: How to make a wood log planter with succulents

How to make a wood log planter

The best log was soon singled out. At first it was important to roll it around and find the most stable position for the log. I used a pencil to roughly mark the area, where I wanted the opening to be. Now it was time to carve out the wood.

Professional wood carvers, please look away now! I wanted to make work easier for me and used a big wood drill to make a lot of holes. To stabilize the log I put it on a wooden palette (it fit snugly in the gaps) and put my foot on it while I was drilling.

It worked out perfectly! The biggest challenge here is, not to chip off the bark where you don’t want to.

DIY: How to make a wood log planter with succulents

After the wood drill did it’s job, I removed the remaining bridges with a hammer and a chisel.

DIY: How to make a wood log planter with succulents

Smoothing out the edges takes up the most time. But since the planter will be filled with earth anyway, It needn’t be too perfect. All in all I was done in under half an hour.

DIY: How to make a wood log planter with succulents

Now to the planting! I chose succulents and housleeks because I just LOVE them! Seriously, I could fill the whole garden with those plants.

DIY: How to make a wood log planter with succulents

DIY: How to make a wood log planter with succulents

I’m so happy with the finished wood planter! The combination of the rustic wood log and the succulents is just so pretty. I even made three more! 😀 What do you think? Do you like those rustic crafts or would you prefer a more tidier look?

 

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