One of the vendors at the barn (Thanks Tiff!) was nice enough to offer up some free succulents and I found myself with an entire flat of hens and chicks to plant. After exhausting the room in a cool white urchin style planter from Lowes, I needed a few more planters for the remaining inventory. Cue the little red toolbox. It was a vintage find that I just couldn’t give up and kept in my classroom for the past year. It had already served a similar purpose with faux succulents (fucculents if you will because it sounds sweary) but now has the real deal! This is a simple succulent toolbox planter DIY and can be done in less than an hour.
- succulents with roots
- cacti/succulent potting soil (Miracle – Gro was my go-to)
- small stones or pebbles
- 3/8″ drill bit and drill
- toolbox (the rusty and more vintage looking, the better!)
The first step was to drill drainage holes in the bottom of the toolbox using the 3/8″ drill bit and drill. You may need to bend a few stray metal bits using a pair of pliers and be cautious of metal slivers.
Next, I lined the bottom of the toolbox with some of the small stones or pebbles – these are sold at most hobby stores. To prevent my stones from going directly through the drainage holes, I used the mesh bag that the stones came in as a liner. After the stones came the potting soil and then the succulents.
To finish, I used the remaining stones after the succulents were planted in the areas that the soil was peaking through.
Pretty cute if I do say so myself! Have you ever used a common item as a planter? Let me know in the comments below! And if you are looking for more succulent ideas, I have an entire Pinterest board devoted to the little buggers.