Turtle Topiary

Vanessa D.
by Vanessa D.
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I had come across a Pin of an adorable turtle topiary planted with succulents. Unfortunately, it was a dead-end pin so no instructions.
But I remembered these wire hanging baskets at the dollar store. With one of those, a roll of chicken wire and four clay pots I knew I could make my turtle.
I filled the basket with cactus soil and a layer of sphagnum moss and chicken wire to close up the basket. I wired 4 clay pots to the underside. I used washers to anchor the wire inside the pots.
Once the basket was full of soil, I made formed chicken wire into a tube and stuffed it with moss for the head. I made a smaller cone shape with chicken wire for the tail.
Then I slashed the coir and planted succulents to make the shell. I've made several since this first turtle. Usually now I use moss to line the entire basket instead of the liner it comes with. I also prefer to break up the clusters of succulents so the shell can be planted more evenly.
Here is one I made recently. I planted this one with spring pansies instead of succulents. He makes a cheery addition to my deck!
Suggested materials:
  • Wire hanging basket with coir liner   (Dollar Store)
  • 4 Clay pots   (Dollar Store)
  • Roll of Chicken wire   (Dollar Store)
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