Swap Meet Find Becomes Unique Vintage Succulent Planter

by Chris
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I needed a housewarming gift for a friend and new I wanted to give her a succulent planter, so off to the swap meet I went. She is into vintage cars so I was looking for something along those lines. In the very last row of the swap meet I found this beauty. She was exactly what I was looking for. Of course, she needed a little sprucing up first, but that was the fun part.
Here she is in her original condition, still pretty awesome, but I wanted a bright color on her for the succulents to play off of.
I had to insert some screen under the hood to keep the dirt from falling out.
I taped off the wheels, steering wheel and headlights because they were fine just as they were. No paint needed.
First coat of paint. I used Rustoleum in a bright yellow - perfect to showcase the greens of the succulents I would be planting.
All planted and ready to go. I used mostly cuttings from my garden and planted them in soil that I had placed in the body of the car.
For succulent planters, you want three components: a thriller, a filler and a spiller. The thriller is the big one in the upper right hand corner, the spillers are the burro tails I placed to drape over the rear fenders and I used all kinds of plants for the fillers.
I planted them in snug so there would be no dirt showing.
Since they are cuttings I mist them twice a day to get them established. After a couple of weeks I will actually water them.
She looks great on my patio table - I kind of hate to give her away now. But she will be going to a great home and will gets lots of love and attention.
Suggested materials:
  • Rustoleum spray paint   (Home Depot)
  • Succulents   (From my yard)
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  • SallyBane SallyBane on Jun 25, 2017
    Could you use the plastic type cars? Loved your idea!!

  • Betty Weiss Boesing Betty Weiss Boesing on Apr 05, 2020

    I am on a low budget. Anyone know where I can find succulents at a very reasonable price?? Live in Missouri. Thanks

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jun 20, 2020

    What are the actual dimensions of this car?

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