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Hello there! I hope you’re staying warm wherever you may be. The US is experiencing a frigid Winter. I only feel a little bit guilty that it’s in the 60s here in San Francisco and I’ve been in the garden all week.

I’m cheating a bit with the name of this project. It can only loosely be called a DIY because I bought the clever letter frame at Flora Grubb Gardens here in San Francisco (you can buy one here). I had a gift certificate (thanks Tyler & Melanie) and I couldn’t resist buying one when I saw the stack of letters and numbers just waiting to be planted full of succulents. If you have the time, some extra wood lying around, and a few tools you could easily make a letter frame for yourself and skip the expense. I took the easy way out.

Once you have the letter frame there are only a few quick steps:

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1) Soak the moss with water so it’s easier to maneuver when planting the succulents, mine was a bit dry after being neglected in the sun too long.

2) Buy or harvest an array of small-sized succulents (I found my at Flowercraft in San Francisco and they were affordably priced). I chose a monochromatic palette of succulents with varying textures and then a few pops of soft yellows and bright greens. I bought approx nine tiny succulents, three slightly larger containers of Spanish moss, and three larger succulents (but those were still quite small).

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3) Carefully peel apart each succulent to reveal even smaller pieces for planting, remove as much soil as you can. I hope the Scottish moss below thrives with the succulents. It might not do well but in the meantime it looks pretty.

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4) Create a hole in the moss with your finger or a wooden stick. I used the handle-end of a long wooden spoon.

5) Gently push roots in to the opening and tuck succulent in to frame. Be careful not to break the succulent from it’s roots.

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This was a really easy and quick project. I think the planting took me about 30 minutes. I had lots of extra bits of succulent leaves that I pushed back into the leftover soil with hopes that they will sprout for me. I have a larger, wall-mounted succulent planter that I can’t wait to work on as well.

Let me know if you try this project and how it turns out!

Photography credit: © 2014 Sarah Hebenstreit for House & Fig