Ideas to Make Succulent Cork Magnet Planters

It’s time to get some succulents inside and get the garden ready for winter, now seems like the perfect time for this DIY, inspired by a houseplant Decorating project – Kylee Baumle and Jenny Peterson’s Houseplant Design Style Book. Turn these charming little succulent plonk cork planters into succulent magnets, or enjoy them as mini succulent planters. The room was very clean and the bed was very comfortable. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Let me show you how to make a good cork magnet.

How To Make Succulent Cork Magnets

  • DIY Succulent Magnets – Gather Supplies
  • To make your own succulent cork magnets, you will need:
  • plonk corks
  • Sphagnum moss (I love this kind here)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Electric drill or corkscrew
  • Drill
  • Small magnets (I use them)
  • Pennies, 1 for each cork planter
  • Fine scissors for cutting (these are my favorites)
  • Decorative foam (this is an excellent “sampler” pack!)
  • Wooden skewer (not shown, but crucial!)

Succulent cuttings!?

Drilling plonk stopper

I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a place to stay! I bought these caps on Amazon, and they come in a fun assortment of styles and designs. You may also want to ask friends or neighbors to keep their caps for you. Before drilling your hole, take a look at the plug and decide which end you want to “climb” — this is where you will drill the hole and “plant” the succulents. Whether you’re using a drill, Exacto knife or corkscrew, go slow and be careful. I started with a small drill bit for a pilot hole. Then I used a 1/4 inch bit for the largest hole. Make the hole about 1 to 1.5 inches deep, taking care not to pierce the end.

Add Magnet to plonk Stopper

I went back and forth on which magnets to use. I chose for these powerful little neodymium magnets. They are strong enough – a single magnet easily keeps the cork planter filled with succulents. They don’t chip like inexpensive magnets, and they look pretty! One thing I had not considered – they are strong! Yes, I thought strong was good, so I didn’t have to use 3 of the affordable, less pretty magnets, but I didn’t realize that they were so strong, that they clung to the metal strong enough to break the glue bond! The first time I attached a fully planted succulent magnet to the refrigerator, the plug came off the magnet when I tried to remove it from the refrigerator.

It turns out that there is an easy solution. I used the drill bit to slowly drill a hole just a little larger in diameter than the magnet, and just a little deeper than its depth. Then I added a small amount of hot glue and put the magnet in the glue, flush with the level of the cap. In this way, the glue has much more surface area to grip the magnet. It works perfectly! And now 1 is still strong enough to hold a succulent magnet on the refrigerator, but there is no problem removing it. Easy Peasy!

Add moss to Succulent Cork Planter

You may have seen a lot of good-quality caps made by adding a tiny bit of soil to the cap. It certainly works. But with such small cuttings and such a small space, natural sphagnum moss works just as well. Cuttings will root in the moss and continue to grow. Using the wooden skewer, prick strands of sphagnum moss into the hole you drilled. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Now it’s time to ”plant” succulents in the plonk cork planter!

Choose Succulent Cuttings for plonk Cork Planter

Yes, these succulent cork planters are small, but they are not tiny. When I first tried to make them, I was too concerned about the small size of the plugs, and I chose such small succulent cuttings that they simply did not look correct. I wish I’d taken a picture to show you. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The rule of three is a wonderful guideline in photography and floral design, and as it turns out, it works for these succulent magnets too! If the height of your succulents is about 1/2 of the height of the cork, they will be 1/3 of the total height of the finished planter. And they will look just right. Simple!

You can take succulent cuttings from your garden or order them online. I always like to use a few different succulents that contrast and compliment each other. Here I used a colored sedum with a beautiful stressful red coloring. It is a good choice for those who are looking for a variety of plants to grow.

Planting a Succulent Cork Planter

Play with the arrangement of your succulents until you are satisfied. I would like to see the design of the cork, if you want 1 side to face forward. Use your hot glue, stick the rods inside the cork, where they will fit through the foam you have stuffed inside. I know – it’s hard to believe that it does not harm plants. I used to cringe when I thought about it, and it was hard to do at first. But succulents are incredibly hardy plants. The skin that protects their precious moisture reserves is more than equal to hot glue. If you peel the glue from the plant, you will see that it leaves no mark marks. They are really amazing!

Now just add a marble from the decorative foam. Remember, this is to trigger succulents – not to compete. I was delighted with this sampler pack of several colors and decorative foam textures. I just knew I would use magenta foam – the color is amazing! But when I tried it, the foam became the focal point – not at all what I wanted. Instead, taupe moss was the perfect accent for this succulent cork, don’t you think?

Add a Penny to Every Succulent Magnet

Aren’t these succulent magnets crazy? I ended up using 3 types of decorative foam that were in the sampler package for these 6 planters. I love them as miniature succulent cork planters, standing alone like that. The room was very clean and the bed was very comfortable. Then attach them to the refrigerator, or place them on a bookcase, or on the desk at work, maybe attach them to the base of the lamp at work? There are so many possibilities!

In fact, I’m going to stick floral thread on the back of mine to make them hang well on the Christmas tree! Live succulents for natural Christmas ornaments – will they not be perfect? Stay tuned! I will add photos of these on my tree!

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