Panty Hose Succulent Wreaths
(Grand Forks, B.C. Canada)
back image of the wire wreath with the panty hose on
Finding new and creative ways to use succulents is also a lesson in recycling and repurposing. What else can you use your old panty hose for? I made two of these wreaths, and basically made up my own method, before I found some tutorials online.
Here's what I did:
I had picked up two wire wreath frames from the thrift store for $1, and was just waiting for the perfect way to use them.
Digging out some panty hose from storage, I filled both of the legs with potting soil until it was fairly full, but not stuffed. I tied the top of the panty hose in a knot, and then arranged the two legs on the wire frame, one on each side.
Once they were in place, I wound tie wire around to hold them.
The grey one was the first, and I poked holes in it to stick the ends of the Sedum cuttings into it, but on the second one, the black one, I simply put the cuttings in the creases. Hopefully they'll be strong enough to root in to the soil.
I'll leave them for a week or so, until they seem firmly rooted, then I can hang them up.
Panty Hose Wreath; an update
(Grand Forks, B.C.)
It seemed to take forever for the plants to really take off in the wreaths I made from panty hose; the roots cling to the fabric and eventually work their way inside to the soil, and a few sprinkles of compost tea or water soluble fertilizer soon had them showing their true colors.
I might use these lying down for a centerpiece - like around your umbrella on the table, or you can hang them on a wall or fence. Trim occasionally, and tuck the long strands into place so it fills in any bare spots, and take them down to water on the ground or in a shallow tub.
Because these are all hardy Sedum and Sempervivum, they just stay outside all winter under the snow; luckily, nothing decided to chew on them, and they emerged none the worse for being under two feet of snow.
It will be interesting to see how long these last - I'm imagining that the nylon fabric could eventually break down and they'll get runs in their stockings, but until then, I'll enjoy these gorgeous accent pieces.