Succulent Lantern


I love working with succulents and putting them in unusual containers. 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.
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. 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 lanternLeaving 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
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  • Ellen Hoffinger Lowe
    on May 14, 2018

    This

    may sound like a questions but I know nothing about succulents. Do they winter well? How frequently do they need hydration? Love the lantern as a base, but you need to winter it indoors? What about in regions which get snow? How long can they last in absentee summer conditions in hot but humid weather?

    • Ellen
      on Mar 28, 2019

      You don’t say where you are located, but that will make a huge difference in answering your questions. Also, not all succulents are equal! Many are “desert” types but many are not. Your best bet is to experiment, look at how nurseries set up theirs, and get a good book such as Succulents Simplified by Debra Lee Baldwin. Good luck! Peace, Ellen B

  • Robin David
    on Mar 28, 2019

    Is any dirt used or do the plants just survive in the moss?

    • Barnegat Pollyanna
      on Mar 30, 2019

      In the article: "Slightly bend in the shape of the lanternLeaving 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."


  • Polly
    on Apr 2, 2019

    How did you attach the mat to the netting?

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  • Kyralee
    on Apr 4, 2019

    What a great way to re-use a broken lantern or even an old light-fixture (remove the glass panels)!

  • Cnixie
    on Jul 3, 2019

    Loved this and it is beautiful!

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