A few months ago my sister Amy and I went thrifting while working on another project. That’s when we came across an awesome wood planter. It looks like a home made project. One large piece of wood cut slightly at an angle on each side with 12 holes drilled in the top. I’m not sure what the makers intent was, possible to hold candles (thanks to James at TheCavenderDiary.com, I now know it is an antique Mexican Sugar Mold that is often used with candles now)? As soon as we saw it, we knew it would look awesome in my house. We bought it for $4. It needed some work, so I got out my sanding block and went to town. Then I wiped it down and re-stained it with a wax stain I had on hand. It really brought out the character of the wood and added depth to it if that makes sense.
I knew I wanted succulents in each of the holes. I searched Ikea, Walmart, and Lowes, but it wasn’t until I shopped the indoor plant isle at Lowe’s that I found exactly what I was looking for. Little four packs of succulents made to “make your own dish garden”. They were about $4 each, making my total plant purchase $12, way cheaper than anywhere else. The selection was huge. I wanted three different textures and 3 different colors.
I ended up with Hens & Chicks, Ghost Plant, and Jade plant (in that order below). I love the textures, shapes, and colors each brings.
I poured a small amount of soil in each hole and then placed each plant in the hole and filled the surrounding area with extra soil. Water as needed. (NOTE: I am now in search of inexpensive plant holders to protect the wood, something that will nest down inside the sugar mold holes).
I’ve placed the centerpiece in several locations like the center of my table, outside on the patio table, and along the side of my bath tub. I love it! Let’s hope I can keep it alive.