DIY: Itty Bitty Planters

We’ve long been admiring our art director (and DIY guru of What Katie Made) Katie Sarna’s teeny tiny desk plants from the cube next door, so we asked the A+C diva for some easy-to-follow instructions.

1. Hit up your local mom-and-pop gardening shop for some air plants.

2. Uncork some champagne. No, seriously. Find something to toast, whether it’s making a new friend or finishing your to-do list.

3. Remove the cork. Then, take a paring knife and pierce the cork so that you’re essentially carving a circle. Note to self: be careful of fingers.

4. Scoop out the cork. Keep in mind the size of the plant in figuring out how deep and wide the opening should be.

5. Make sure to hot glue a magnet to the back. And don’t forget to mist once a week.

*Katie’s tip: for some extra flair, choose champagne bottles with writing and fun designs on the cork.

Whether you decide to give as a gift or cultivate your own desk garden, these little guys are as cute as a button.

November 10, 2011


  1. Susan says:

    I love this! Can’t wait to try it out this weekend. :)

  2. Kye says:

    So creative and absolutely adorable!!

  3. these are adorable! trying to figure out holiday gifts this year and these would be wonderful!

  4. Dave says:

    It would probably be easier with a dremel or a large drill bit, just put a cordless screw gun on slow with a drill bit and carve out the cork. Less chance of injury and you should get better results for the inside wall.

  5. anuradha says:

    Great project! Where do you find this size of plants? Do they last? And if they grow what do you do coz the cork is only that big?Thanks!

  6. TY says:

    SO cute! Any problem with mold later on?