Did you see the cat tree I made using real branches a few months ago? This tiny tree branch faux succulent planter is actually an upcycled project from my cat tree scraps! So technically it’s an upcycle from an upcycle, considering I count the branch-to-cat-tree conversion as the first upcycle. I put so much work into scraping, sanding, staining, and sealing those branches, so when we leveled the tops of each branch, we ended up with some pretty little branch pieces. One of them was so perfect that I just couldn’t bear to throw it out.
I knew I’d come up with a project idea, and here it is–a tiny planter for a faux succulent. This project was very easy for me to tackle in about 30 minutes since I had done most of the hard work finishing the branch months ago. If you’re starting from scratch with a branch, you’ll want to check out my detailed post on how to strip and finish branches for decor here. It walks you through how I removed the bark, polished the raw branch, stained it, and sealed it to protect it.
Staining is a cosmetic change that you can skip, but I do recommend removing the bark and sealing the branch. Removing the bark ensures there are no critters living underneath, and sealing the branch protects it.
With that in mind, here is my supplies list:
- Small piece of a tree branch
- Stain, Assorted sandpaper, and finish
- Drill with various sized drill bits
- Single faux succulent (optional: glue)–hit up Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft for an awesome selection.
And here’s how to do it.
(Remember to wear a mask and eye protection while sanding and working with wood, and wear an appropriate mask while working with paints, stains, and finishes. Follow the directions and warnings from your particular brand. Do not use any tools without proper training, precautions, and supervision.)
Step 2: Carve out the center of the branch using a drill and various drill bit sizes.
Step 3: Once you have the opening carved out, grab a drill bit that’s about the size of your faux succulent’s stem and drill a hole about a half inch down. Then cut your stem down and put it into the hole. Easy!
You can use a dab of glue here if you’re having trouble keeping the succulent in place.
I love knowing that I made something so cute out of something that I was ready to throw away. Even if you’re starting from scratch with a branch, this is a very low cost project that you can easily customize by using different branch sizes, stains, and faux plant types.
If you’re planting a real plant in this, make your carved hole deep enough to comfortably fit the roots of whatever plant you’re planting. So likely deeper than this. You’ll also probably want to seal the area you carve out with poly.
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