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Set a Place in the Garden for a Succulent Chair Planter

Have you ever walked around a flea market or a yard sale and spotted a metal chair with no seat? I Iove looking for unusual pieces that can be turned into planters. Here is an idea for upcycling an old chair into a beautiful piece of garden art: a succulent chair planter.How to Make a DIY Succulent Chair Planter

A succulent chair planter is part garden and part sculptural art that adds interest as a focal point in the garden. I love that this project can fit into an expansive space or a small patio with ease. No matter what size your garden, a succulent chair planter will fit right in. See how to make this planter using an old metal chair, chicken wire, moss, and a variety of succulents.How to Make a DIY Succulent Chair Planter


It’s easy to build a basket into a chair for planting all sorts of plants. I like to use succulents because once these plants have become established in the basket, they are easy to maintain. Of course, you can plant hanging basket plants, annuals, or even herbs and edibles in the basket if you wish. This project will show you how to make the chair into a planter, and you can add the plants you like.

Make it!

Cut a section of chicken wire that will be large enough to fit inside the chair to form the basket and extend over the chair edge.Succulent Chair Planter project Gently push the wire down into the seat and spend a few minutes forming a nice basket shape. The basket depth will depend on the size of the chair. Succulents do not require as much soil as other plants. The basket for this succulent chair planter is 8 inches deep.

When you are happy with the shape of the basket, bend the excess wire over the edge of the chair. If there is too much excess wire, cut away some of the wire but make sure to leave enough to secure the basket to the chair.

Begin securing the basket to the chair. Surround the seat with cable ties. Nine wire ties were used for this project. Trim away any excess chicken wire. Needle-nose pliers can be used to tuck the chicken wire ends under the metal seat. Trim back the tails of the cable ties.

Now it’s time to line the basket with the sheet moss. Lay a large piece of moss, good side down, into the basket. If you are using multiple pieces, overlap them slightly. You do not want to see through the moss. Line the whole inside of the basket and up over the seat edge.

Take 2 to 3 sheets of newspaper and lay it down inside the basket on top of the moss. Any excess newspaper will be cut away later.How to Make a DIY Succulent Chair Planter

Fill the basket with soil. Cut away the excess newspaper approximately 2″ above the chair. After planting, any extra newspaper will be trimmed away.How to Make a DIY Succulent Chair Planter

Now you are ready to plant. Consider which succulents will look best in the back, middle and front of the chair. I like to have something tall in the back that can grow up the chair and include succulents growing over and down the chair. Mix it up with different colors and different shapes and textures to create an interesting arrangement. If tall succulents seem a bit floppy, tie them loosely with garden twine to the back of the chair for additional support.How to Make a DIY Succulent Chair Planter

After planting is complete and you are happy with how the succulent chair planter looks, cut back any newspaper that is showing. If the wire ties are showing, now is a good time to tuck some small pieces of moss over them. Gently water the plants, but do not overwater. Succulents do not like soggy soil. Water your chair regularly and allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. For more on succulent care, see this post.

Place your succulent chair somewhere where it can be seen and enjoyed.

About the Author

Marie Meiklejohn is the owner of Marie’s Garden, a seasonal greenhouse located in Pennsylvania. She grows unusual annuals for butterfly and cut flower gardens, is crazy about growing succulents, and specializes in designing custom seasonal containers for her customers. Workshops are held in the greenhouse throughout the year. Marie has studied horticulture at Temple University, Delaware Valley University, and Longwood Gardens. She has received a Certificate of Merit in Ornamental Horticulture from Longwood Gardens and a Certificate in Horticultural Therapy from Delaware Valley University.

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  1. What a lovely succulent project! We have frames in our garage for 2 ice cream parlour chairs which are very similar to what you’ve used here. This might be a great way to pull them out of storage :) Thanks so much this lovely project! Cheers, Mary Jane

  2. I have 2 of these chairs fitted with coco lined baskets. This is the prettiest arrangement to plant in there! Thanks for the inspiration! I live in the Western suburbs of Philly. Where do you buy your succulents?

    • Johanne, I am lucky to own a small nursery with a greenhouse so I grow many of my succulents​​ that I use in my customers container designs. You should be able to find a​ good​ assortment of succulent plants at a local garden center this spring. If you do design a chair, in the fall bring the succulents inside to overwinter.​ Many succulents can often be divided and then you will have even more plants the following year. Good luck!

  3. It’s very beautiful and a nice DIY project with my kid.

    I have a question though. Can it be put outside all season or will I need to bring it in for the winter?

    Thank you,

    • The chair can remain outside if you live in an area where you don’t have to worry about frost or freezing temperatures. If you do have cold temperatures, the chair should come inside before the night time temps get too cold. Another option is to replant the succulents into smaller pots for the winter and bring them inside.

    • Lisa, I purchase my sheet moss from Moss Unlimited in Washington state. It’s natural and not dyed so as the moss ages it turns from green to light brown.


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