Drill with 1/4-inch drill bit or larger
Clamp or vise
Cactus soil mix
- Place cork in a vise or clamp and then drill a hole in the center of the top of the cork--going about half-way down the length. Blow out the crumbled cork and widen the hole as you wish, being careful not to break through the side of the cork.
- Decorate the cork. This is an optional step, but now would be the time to paint it or glue on a magnet and let that dry before moving on to the next step.
- Fill the hole with a bit of the cactus soil mix. Tapping it down.
- Place your tiny succulent into the hole and fill in more soil around it.
- You can then embellish the planters as you like. For instance, you can add a bit of moss near the succulent's stem or wrap the cork in decorative floral wire.
- The wine corks need to be real (natural) cork. Many now are synthetic and are not suitable for this project.
- Drill more corks than you think you'll need. Some will crumble or crack on you. It may also take a few trial corks to get the hang of using the drill.
- Use a cactus soil mix --not regular potting soil or garden soil. The cactus mix is much lighter than other soils and is better for the succulent.
- A toothpick or skewer is a useful tool for guiding the succulents roots into the hole.
Ideally, place the cork with succulent in a south-facing window, but they can survive in lower light situations. The most important thing is to water them sparingly -- meaning hardly ever. When the plant starts to outgrow the cork, you can transplant the succulent to a bigger pot and reuse or recycle the cork planter.
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