Make a Succulent Monogram Planter from a Salvaged Vintage Sign Letter

In this easy DIY project, succulents and vintage signage combine to create an eye-catching piece of living art. Display it on your front door or in a favorite reading nook to bring a hint of green and vintage flair to your decor.

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Wondering what to make of that oversize vintage signage you scored at the flea market? Well this is the project for you! Turn one large letter into a handsome letter-shape planter in just a few easy steps.

A few tips before you get started. Check the back of your sign letter for sharp edges that might scratch or damage your walls. If you find any, sand them down, snip them off with tin scissors, or apply a coat of rubber paint—you can find it at the hardware store. Also, the bigger your letter, the more plant materials you will need and the heavier your finished planter will be. Make sure you're using strong hanging hardware that can support the finished weight of your succulent planter.

Once you've finished your project, you'll want to allow your succulents to take root into the moss by laying the planter flat for six to 10 weeks before hanging up your marquee letter. Kept indoors, the succulents in your monogram planter will require water once per week. We recommend taking down the planter to water to avoid damaging walls. If outdoors, water your succulents every couple of days. If you're going to hang it on your front door, it might require more water depending on how much sun your front porch gets.

What You'll Need

  • Drill
  • Marquee sign
  • Rubber-coated wire mesh (available at home improvement stores)
  • White marker
  • Wire snips
  • 18-gauge and 22-gauge florists wire
  • 1-1/2 bags of sphagnum moss (available at home improvement and crafts stores)
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Succulent cuttings (we found ours on Etsy)
  • Flower pins

How-To

  1. Drill four holes through the back of the marquee sign to support the wire grid, as well as two holes at the top to make a wire loop to hang it from.
  2. Lay out wire mesh and trace around sign to then cut down to size.
  3. Make the hanger loop using the 22-gauge wire.
  4. Fill letter with moss; pack in in nice and tight.
  5. Fit mesh over the moss to hold it all in place. Use the needle-nose pliers to bend some of the mesh into place.
  6. Next, secure the mesh to the sign by drawing the 18-gauge florists wire through the back of the letter, through the holes you drilled. Twist the wire together to secure in place.
  7. Place succulents into the sign using the floral pins to help secure them into place.

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