A Succulent Lantern won’t give much light but It’s an unusual way to display your succulents.
You may have noticed that I don’t have all four sides finished. Well a lot of the succulents I already had, had quite a few babies on them that I could pull off but I was amazed at how many it took to fill just two sides of the lantern, I decided to wait until the succulents on the lantern mature and use their babies to finish the other two sides. It’s much too expensive to buy that many succulents from the start so a little patience will go a long way.
I purchased the lantern last year as decor for my porch, usually with a candle in it or sometimes a plant. I knew this would be permanent but I decided to go for it
I had succulents growing at home that had babies I could use and I bought a few new succulents at the greenhouse. First, I pulled all the smaller succulents away from the larger succulent.
Most succulents will not have a root when you pull the smaller ones out.
Lay the succulents aside for approxiamately an hour til they start to have a slightly dry end to the stem.
I think I love succulents so much because you can do so many creative things with them.
I used florist netting, a moss mat, both I bought at a craft store
The next step was wrapping the netting around the lantern to figure the size I should cut.
I cut it leaving an extra inch or two in case I estimated short.
I cut a separate piece for the top of the lantern and made sure I showed off my crocs in the picture.
I love those shoes!
To measure the matting lay the netting over it and hold in place and cut the same size
Slightly bend in the shape of the lantern
The next step takes some patience while you squeeze the netting with
matting into the lantern and form it to be flat against the sides. I cut
little pieces of the netting near the door to the lantern and wrapped them
around the door to keep the netting in place.
Leaving one side open I was able to fill with potting soil. Cactus potting soil
is the best choice but I was out of it and used potting soil instead.
It will be crucial to not over water the succulents, something I consider
low maintenance, right?
I cut little pieces of the netting near the door to the lantern and wrapped
them around the door to keep the netting in place.
Now is the fun part, at least I think it’s the fun part. You can
be creative here and place the succulents in a pattern you
choose. I decided to go random but try to keep it balanced.
Use a sharp knife or scissors to poke through the matting. Hold the
opening open slightly while you insert the succulent. I found poking a
pen into the matting made I nice size hole to easily insert larger succulents
Plan on spending and hour or two arranging the succulents.
There were 2 different ways I pictured the Lantern and I tried both.
One with Spanish moss and one without. I’m still not sure which I like best.