DIY Book Planter

The perfect plant for black thumbs like me…succulents.  A plant is the perfect addition to any room to add some life and calm.  This super cute planter was relatively simple to make and is an adorable decoration for your desk!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Old book (check your local thrift shop!) about 2-3 inches thick
  • A box cutter and scissors
  • Glue
  • Parchment paper
  • Tape
  • Succulent plants
  • A little extra soil

Now what?

  1. After gathering all your materials, find a page in the book with a nice photo or a chapter title or whatever you like.
  2. Next, measure out the square you’ll cut out on just the top page of the side you plan on cutting.  The size you choose depends on how large your book is and how many plants you have to fill the space.
  3. Use the glue to spread a thin layer along where you will cut.  This will help to preserve the paper when you get to cutting.  (You may also want to spread some glue along the side with the pages to keep them aligned and the book opened to the proper angle while cutting.)  Allow the glue some time to dry before moving on.
  4. Use the box cutter (and scissors, as needed) to CAREFULLY and SLOWLY cut along the line.  Watch for tearing of the top sheet of paper.  The pages under the top piece will not be seen so it’s okay with they tear a bit as you are cutting out your hole.  You want to go about 1-1.5 inches deep to allow for your plants.
  5. Next, line the hole you’ve cut with parchment paper and trim the excess paper so it fits nicely (but leave a little excess (~0.5 inches) so as to prevent water damage to the book when you water the plants).  Tape the outer edges down to the top page with clear tape.
  6. Now it’s time to plant.  Lay a thin layer of soil on the bottom of the whole before placing your plants so they aren’t directly against the parchment paper.  Arrange your arrange them how you wish and pack any extra space between the plants with soil.
  7. You’re all done! Now just be sure to take care of you’re plants.  Succulents are dessert plants and therefore do not require a lot of water, but they do need some.  Water when the soil appears dry and only give enough water to moisten it – you do not want to drown the plants.  If possible, place it somewhere where the plants will be able to receive natural sunlight for about half the day.

Good luck and I hope it turns out!

*Idea found on pinterest

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