Plants have a way of given your home a magical living quality, and I'm always looking for fresh ways to tuck them in around my house.
The yellow and red colors on vintage Coca-Cola crates seemed to always catch my eye at flea markets, and I was looking for a way to get some vertical greens in my home, so I just knew one of them would make a great succulent planter for my mantle.
For supplies you will need:
• Crate or box to turn into a planter
• variety of small succulents (I used 24)
• Landscaper's cloth or fabric mesh
• plastic (I used a cut up trash bag)
• succulent or catus potting soil mix
• spanish moss
It's important to note that this system is not going to make your planter water tight, but it is going to make sure that everything stays contained and moisture is kept away from your wall if hanging.
After planting it's a good idea to leave the planter sitting flat outside or in a sunny spot until the roots take hold- about 1-2 weeks. After that, you can display the plants vertically on a shelf or mantel.
To water, take the planter outside or into the bathtub every week or two and give it a good drink. Once the water stops running from the bottom you can bring it back inside.