Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – how to make a turtle planter.
World Turtle Day is celebrated on May 23 each year to raise awareness about the plight and importance of those wonderful creatures.
Did you read my post, A Tantalising Turtle Tale to Add Magic to Your Day?
To celebrate and to honour turtles I’m going to show you how to make a really sweet turtle planter.
HOW TO MAKE A TURTLE PLANTER
- Hanging plant basket with coconut liner
- Four small terracotta pots – the size will be determined by the size of your hanging basket. These pots form the legs, so hold them near the hanging basket to gauge the size you need.
- Four washers
- Potting soil
- Chicken wire
- Plant liner or plastic – to contain the soil (I used part of a reusable shopping bag)
- Sphagnum moss
- Assorted plants – succulents work best
- Moss (optional)
- Nature pods
- Fill the hanging pot with soil with soil.
- Cover with the plant liner – you may need to trim this so it fits nicely over the basket.
- Cover the liner with chicken wire and use the wire to secure this in place by threading it through the chicken wire and the basket.
- Fashion a small tail and head from the chicken wire, fill with sphagnum moss and secure to each side of the top of the basket.
- Cut a length of wire and thread one end through a washer.
- Thread both ends of the wire through the hole in the terracotta pot, going through from the inside of the pot.
- Twist the wire around the chicken wire to secure the ‘leg’ in place. Repeat with the other pots. NOTE: The two back legs should be close together at the back and the two front legs, close together at the front.
- Turn your turtle over so that he is standing on the terracotta pot legs.
- Now that you have your basic turtle shape, the fun begins.
- Use a knife to cut slits in the coconut liner between each wire section of the hanging basket.
- Plant different succulents in each section.
- I opted to use live moss to cover the head and tail, which is optional.
- I also glued sphagnum moss to the legs and used the nature pods to form eyes.
This was such a fun project. I can’t wait to see what my turtle Lao Mai (Samoan for ‘turtle’) will look like when the plants in his ‘shell’ have grown more.
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Happy crafting and have a gleeful week, Tamuria.