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

By Caitlin Sole
September 18, 2018
Read step by step instructions after the video.

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

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.

You will need to prep your succulents ahead of time for this project. If you're working with rooted succulents, snip your cuttings a couple days before you're going to work on your planter and let the ends callous over. You can also purchase cuttings from nurseries or order them online from sources like Etsy. These cuttings should be ready for planting right away.

  • Working time 1 hr
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Involves Cutting Wire, Drilling, Planting

What you need


How to do it

Part 1

woman tracing metal sign letter shape on wire mesh
woman cutting letter shape out of wire mesh
Step 1

Prep Your Sign Letter

Drill four holes through the back of the marquee sign to support the wire grid you'll be inserting in your letter form, as well as two holes at the top to make a wire loop to hang it from. Most metal letters will already have holes through which the lighting was run, so if those are positioned well, you may also be able to use those holes for hanging your succulent planter.

Lay out your rubber-coated wire mesh—you can find it at most home improvement stores—and use your white marking pen to trace around your sign letter; cut out the shape.

Thread a length of 22-gauge wire through the holes you drilled for hanging and twist the ends tightly to form a loop. Snip off any excess wire and turn the loop around so the twisted portion is on the inside of your letter.

putting wire in letter filled with moss
Step 2

Prep for Planting

Fill your sign letter with sphagnum moss; pack it in nice and tight. Depending on how big your letter is, you may need several bags of moss to fill the space.

Fit the letter-shape mesh over the moss to hold it all in place. Use your needle-nose pliers to bend some of the mesh into place as needed.

Next, secure the mesh to the sign by threading lengths of 18-gauge florists wire through the holes you drilled in the back of the letter, twisting the ends of the wire together to secure. Tuck those twisted ends inside the moss to hide them.

filling metal letter with succulents
Step 3

Fill Your Planter With Succulents

Place succulent cuttings into the sign using floral pins to help secure them into place. Don't overfill your planter; you want to leave room for your succulents to grow and fill in. If you want to use trailing succulents, position them toward the lower portion of your letter to avoid covering other plants.

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. Kept indoors, the succulents in your monogram planter will require water once per week. We recommend taking it down 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.


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