DIY Projects That Get Creative with Houseplants
By Annie Thornton, Houzz
There are no potted snake plants (Sansevieria) or fiddleleaf figs (Ficus lyrata) here. These six fresh DIY projects previously featured on Houzz will enliven your home with plants, and they won’t take you more than an afternoon to complete.
Related: Why Houseplants Make Us Happy
Margot Hartford Photography, original photo on Houzz
1. Mini Moss Terrarium
Moss often plays a supporting role in terrarium and houseplant DIYs, but in this project, by Baylor Chapman, it’s the star. Resting on a bed of rocks, the fuzzy patch of green can brighten many interior spaces. With people praising moss for its calming qualities, among other benefits, making this terrarium could also be a great way to take a break.
Getting started: This simple project requires small stones, horticultural charcoal and a couple of moss types that will be layered in a glass vessel (available in-stores). Mementos such as collected rocks or figurines can be added for a one-of-a-kind terrarium. If given proper sun and water, it should last a long time.
Jaana Bithell, original photo on Houzz
2. Petite Dinosaur Planter
Sure, potted plants are attractive, but they can also be playful. These spray-painted dinosaur planters can be used indoors or out, depending on the plants you use, and make planting fun for the whole family. While these planters feature succulents and cactuses, the author says you could try herbs for an indoor garden.
Getting started: Hollow plastic dinosaurs, or any other hollow plastic animal, serve as the vessels. You’ll also need a drill and a utility knife to cut each dinosaur open, plus spray paint, soil, plants and household tools to assist with cutting and painting.
While this project is quick, it does require using a drill, a utility knife, and spray paint.
Singing Gardens, original photo on Houzz
3. Driftwood and Succulent Centerpiece
This project, made entirely of natural materials, puts eye-catching and resilient succulents up close, as a centerpiece or decorative wall piece. The designer made many of them for a wedding, but they can be enjoyed on an everyday table.
This project calls for driftwood, but there are plenty of other wood materials you could use in its place. Be sure to choose a piece with an interesting shape.
Getting started: Driftwood, succulents, air plants, potting mix and sphagnum moss make up the centerpiece. You’ll need an electric drill and drill bits of varying diameters, along with the necessary safety gear, to fashion your driftwood centerpiece.
Once the succulents have taken root, this centerpiece can also be hung vertically, indoors or out. While the designer says her succulents have done well in the driftwood centerpiece for more than six months, they also can be removed once they grow too large and planted in the ground or a larger container.
Ashley Camper Photography, original photo on Houzz
4. Kokedama String Garden
This Japanese-inspired hanging garden is a take on the Japanese art of bonsai. Kokedama means “moss ball” in Japanese. This project, by floral designer Mandy Grace, incorporates a succulent or small fern in a ball of soil. It’s held together with moss and string and then hung indoors as a long-lasting houseplant.
While the designer says it’s a straightforward project, be sure to do it where you won’t mind getting a little messy.
Getting started: Succulents and small ferns are great plants for string gardens. Additionally, you’ll need a mixture of peat soil, cactus soil and clay mud, plus sphagnum moss, cotton thread, packing string and a few household tools.
These plants will be grown indoors and will need to be watered somewhat regularly.
Go Make Me, original photo on Houzz
5. Teacup Planter Pot
If you’re not sure what to do with that lone teacup you’ve saved over the years, or you’re looking for a different vessel to grow your kitchen herbs or small succulents in, give this teacup planter a try.
Getting started: Grab an unused cup and saucer, or pick one up at a garage sale or thrift store. You’ll need to drill a drainage hole in the bottom of the cup with a 6-millimeter tungsten-tip diamond drill bit. The author suggests placing a piece of masking tape on the cup’s bottom to prevent the drill bit from slipping.
This planter can be used indoors or out, depending on what you plant in it and how much light exposure it will receive.
Alison Hodgson, original photo on Houzz
6. Fantastic Fairy Garden
Or perhaps it’s time for a fairy garden. This project is an easy-to-assemble whimsical container planting with garden accessories that will make any garden fairy feel at home. There’s a lot of room for creativity and personalization.
Getting started: You’ll need a container for your fairy garden. The author used a large enamel pan, but you can substitute a tray, crate, wagon, or terra-cotta pot. You’ll also need a light planting mix, small plants, and fun accessories to lure the fairies — from path materials to furniture and a structure the fairies might live in.