I was at a junk sale the other day and saw an old wire bed for a doll. No mattress, just the wire frame of the bed. It had a lovely shape and I knew I wanted it. But what could I do with it? A planter!        

I was at a junk sale the other day and saw an old wire bed for a doll. No mattress, just the wire frame of the bed. It had a lovely shape and I knew I wanted it. But what could I do with it? A planter!         


Yes, it's perfect, I thought. The shape will be great on our outdoor rectangular dining table. All I have to do is line it with coconut fiber, fill it with soil and plants and I'm good to go. I love succulents; they come in a wonderful variety of shapes, colors and textures. I went right from the junk sale to the nursery. I brought my wire bed into the nursery so I could choose plants that would fit well in the container.                   


Materials                   


-- Scissors         


-- Wire container         


-- Cactus/succulent soil         


-- Knife         


-- Coconut fiber         


-- Variety of succulents         


-- Trowel         


-- Green sheet moss that's been soaked in a bucket of water for five to 10 minutes (the moss is optional. You can just use coconut fiber to line the basket. Personally, I like using a combination of both.)                   


Directions                   


1. Line the bottom of your wire basket with coconut fiber. Cut the fiber to fit and press into place.         


2. Line the sides of the basket using the wet moss, or continue lining the sides with coconut fiber.         


3. Use a knife to cut slits into the coconut fiber for easy drainage.         


4. Fill the container with succulent soil.         


5. Arrange your succulents, then plant in the soil.         


6. Water the arrangement.                   


There are many varieties of wire baskets and containers. You can find them at flea markets, thrift shops and junk sales. Of course, I prefer to reuse an old one, but you can certainly use a new one as well. This project shouldn't take much more then an hour to assemble. So it's quick and quite fabulous! 


Dena Fishbein is the designer and artist behind many home, gift and paper products found at your favorite stores. To ask her how to embellish anything, visit her blog at denadesigns.com.