DIY Succulent Container Garden

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Learn how to make your own DIY succulent container garden. Not only do these succulent container gardens make a beautiful home accent, but they are also extremely low maintenance! In fact, my succulents tend to fare best when I forget to water them. (Go figure.)

DIY Succulent Container Garden! Learn how to make your own DIY succulent container garden. Not only do these succulent container gardens make a beautiful home accent piece both indoors or out, but they are also extremely low maintenance!

So whether you have a green thumb – or a not so green thumb – you’ll love the natural beauty a succulent container garden offers! Here’s how to make your own.

DIY Succulent Container Garden! Learn how to make your own DIY succulent container garden. Not only do these succulent container gardens make a beautiful home accent piece both indoors or out, but they are also extremely low maintenance! In fact, my succulents tend to fare best when I forget to water them.

DIY Succulent Container Garden

To create your DIY succulent container garden you’ll need to start by purchasing the dirt, succulents and other materials you’ll need to use for your container garden. I started with an assortment of my favorite succulent plants.

DIY Succulent Container Garden! Learn how to make your own DIY succulent container garden. Not only do these succulent container gardens make a beautiful home accent piece both indoors or out, but they are also extremely low maintenance!

As I was working with smaller containers, I bought the smallest pots of succulents I could find. You should be able to purchase succulents from your local farmer’s market or greenhouse or from a home & hardware store. Alternately you can also buy live succulent plants online from both Amazon and Etsy.

Learn how to make your own DIY succulent container garden. Not only do these succulent container gardens make a beautiful home accent piece both indoors or out, but they are also extremely low maintenance! In fact, my succulents tend to fare best when I forget to water them.

In addition to the succulents, I also bought some cactus and succulent soil mix for my DIY succulent container garden. This soil mix allows for drainage that your succulents need. You’ll also need a container, some small rocks or stones or other interesting found items.

I used a handmade pottery dish as my container. I liked the low, wide round shape that gave me room to include a variety of succulents together.

Upcycled Ketel One Vodka Succulent Planter from Looking Sharp Cactus

Of course, you don’t need to choose a traditional container for your DIY succulent container garden. Containers like an upcycled bottle also works well. I love this succulent arrangement from Looking Sharp Cactus in which a vodka bottle is used as the planter. (You can even purchase all of the components for your succulent container garden as a kit if you like.)

Upcycled Wine Bottle Planter from Gottles! This upcycled wine bottle planter is perfect for creating your own DIY succulent container garden!

Alternately, you can also buy and upcycled bottle planter that’s pre-cut for you. I like this upcycled wine bottle planter from Gottles. Gottles also sells an array of other upcycled glass bottle planters made from liquor bottles as well as some pretty cool upcycled bottle pendant lamps.

All of the rocks I used for my DIY succulent container garden I was able to find with a little foraging. If your yard is rock free, take a walk through a local park to see what you discover.

DIY Succulent Container Garden! Learn how to make your own DIY succulent container garden. Not only do these succulent container gardens make a beautiful home accent piece both indoors or out, but they are also extremely low maintenance! In fact, my succulents tend to fare best when I forget to water them.

Once you’ve gathered all of your materials, you’re ready to create your succulent container garden! To do this, simply fill your container with the succulent soil mix, then add succulents throughout the container using rocks to break up sections or fill in gaps.

I left my DIY succulent container garden a little sparse. However, my succulents grew and filled the plant in rather quickly. In addition, if you’ll be keeping your succulents indoors, it’s best not to crowd them so they get as much light as possible. (Check out 9 secrets to growing succulents indoors at Gardenista blog here.)

Alternately, you can crowd your succulents a bit and plant up to the edges for a container garden that looks lush from the start if you’ll be displaying them outdoors.

DIY Succulent Container Garden! Learn how to make your own DIY succulent container garden. Not only do these succulent container gardens make a beautiful home accent piece both indoors or out, but they are also extremely low maintenance!

Once you’ve planted all of the succulents in your container, water the soil in your pot.

Keep your succulent in a bright, sunny spot in your home – in front of a window is a wonderful spot – or outside on a patio. Succulents grow best when they get a lot of light. However, they do need some sun protection if temperatures are above 90°F.

For more information on lighting and watering your succulent container garden, check out this helpful information from the Cactus & Succulent Society of San Jose. It covers information on potting and watering your succulents, lighting situations, repotting your succulents and how to deal with common pest.

Want even more ideas for creating a DIY succulent container garden?

How to Make Modern Cement Planters Using Packaging via Re-Nest

Apartment Therapy has a cool tutorial that instructs you on how to use recycled food packaging for molds to make modern cement planters for your succulents.

DIY succulent container garden! Learn how to make a DIY book planter for your succulents with this tutorial from Green Wedding Shoes blog!

Or learn how to make a DIY book planter for your succulents with this tutorial from Green Wedding Shoes blog!

DIY Succulent Table via Far Out Flora Blog!

If you’re in love with a rustic look, consider a bold approach and craft a DIY Succulent Table as a living room coffee table or outdoor patio table. The size and dimensions are entirely up to you. But regardless of how large or small you go, this is one table sure to make a statement you’ll never grow tired of.

DIY succulent container garden! This handmade narwhal succulent planter from Holz Home is an easy way to create your own succulent container garden!

You can also go super simple with a single succulent in a unique handmade planter. I love this small narwhal succulent planter from Holz Home.

A beautiful handmade ceramic cactus planter from Federico Becchetti Art!

Or this handmade ceramic cactus planter from Federico Becchetti Art that allows you to plant multiple succulents without worrying about how to arrange them.

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How to Create New Succulents from Clippings

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Making New Succulent Plants with Clippings from Existing Plants - Great for Handmade Gift Ideas and Favors

My succulent container gardens that I made back in May for Mother’s Day have been, of course, growing. So in order to keep them looking great, I had to trim a few of the taller succulents. I decided it would be great to re-grow these clippings into new plants that I could pot for other areas of my home and office at work that needed a little bit of greenery. As I’m pulling some of my arrangements inside to avoid the cooler fall evenings we’ve been having – the cooler weather can easily kill off your succulents – I also thought it’d be a great time to get creative and fill in some of my empty pottery pots – like the one pictured above – that I made many years back in my intro to pottery class in college.

DIY Succulent Container GardensI took clippings from several of my succulent container gardens. The particular clippings I used were from the succulent plant shown in this photograph on the upper left. They just happened to grow faster and much taller than the others and were quite tall after four months in the sun on my porch.

Succulent Clippings Arrangement in Water

The “correct” way to root your succulents is to clip them from the plant, then set them aside in a cool, dark location for a week or so then plant them right into the soil. This is definitely how it needs to be done with those low lying succulents that you really can’t clip a stem off of. Basically you have to take a leaf from the plant and root it. As these were taller and I always have trouble rooting the leaves, I just plopped a selection of these clippings in shallow water in a ceramic container and used them as a table centerpiece.

Succulent Clippings Growing Roots - How to Create New Succulent Plants from Your ClippingsIn the meantime, the clippings grew roots.

Rooting Succulent Clippings to Make Potted Arrangements

At which point I gathered several of these clippings together along with a container to put them in and some dirt.

Pretty DIY Potted Succulents Made from Rooting Succulent Clippings

And then all that was left was to plant them in their new home and water. What I love most about succulents is that they are so easy to grow and do especially well when you forget to water them. Plus most varieties can still thrive in low light areas. Just don’t forget to bring them inside the house in the winter! While some varieties will come back if they are killed off by the cold, others won’t. So keeping these planted in containers is best suited for their survival.

Do you grow succulents in your home? What ways have you had success with when starting new succulents?


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DIY Container Succulent Garden – Last Minute Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Idea

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DIY Container Succulent Garden Project - Last Minute Homemade Mother's Day Gift IdeaNeed a last minute homemade Mother’s Day gift idea for mom? Skip the bouquet of flowers and instead gift her with a gorgeous DIY Succulent Container Garden Arrangement! Not only is it inexpensive to make – definitely less than a florist’s flower bouquet – but it will last and last even if Mom doesn’t have a green thumb!

Succulent Plants for a DIY Succulent Container GardenTo get started you’ll need to purchase an assortment of your favorite succulent plants. Our farmer’s market sells larger succulents for about $6 each, but I found these at our local Lowe’s stores. They offer four packs of smaller sized succulents for $3.98 each making it easy to mix and match and create multiple container succulent garden arrangements.

How to Make Your Own DIY Succulent Container Garden ArrangementI also bought some Miracle Grow for my container gardens, although you can use regular potting soil or dirt. For my containers I used some handmade pottery dishes I had purchased several years back from local artisans at our farmer’s market. I chose containers that I really liked, but didn’t really use. You can use existing containers you have on hand for this project, buy new containers, or check out thrift stores. Additionally, I found some rocks in various shapes, sizes and colors in my backyard to use within my arrangements. If your yard is rock free, take a walk through a local park to see what you discover.

DIY Succulent Container Garden Arrangement - Last Minute Homemade Gift IdeaCreating your succulent garden arrangements is easy. There’s nothing to mess up as it’s completely a matter of your own taste! Simply fill your container with dirt, then add succulents throughout the container using rocks to break up sections or fill in gaps. Once you have a look you like, water your finished arrangement thoroughly.

I chose to use a larger aloe plant for the center of this succulent container garden arrangement. It may seem a little sparse now, but remember to leave some space as these will grow!

Last Minute Homemade Gift Idea - DIY Succulent Container Garden ArrangementHere is my second, and somewhat smaller, succulent arrangement. Again I used an aloe plant in the center. What I love about these is it’s okay to forget to water them. I know I always do. As these grow, you can thin the the arrangement and use the new growth to make new container gardens or to gift to friends.

Indoor Container Gardening - DIY Succulent Arrangement Gardening ProjectAnd here is yet a third, even smaller succulent garden arrangement I made in a cereal sized handmade pottery bowl by another local artist. I had a lot of fun with these. In the end I purchased enough of these neat little plant to make my own mother a handmade succulent arrangement for Mother’s Day, one large multi-tiered arrangement, one medium arrangement and one smaller arrangement for my own home. If you want to be sure you don’t over buy like I did – oopsie – take your container or containers with you to the store when you go to purchase the plants.

I hope everyone has a lovely Mother’s Day. And be sure to share any handmade gifts you receive on your special day!


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Succulent Love – Creative Ways to Not Have a Green Thumb

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I love succulents. They are the one plant I almost never kill. And when I say almost, I mean I have killed a succulent or two by over watering by thinking I needed to make up for forgetting to water for weeks and sometimes months. But now that I’ve learned that most succulents can take my forgetfulness, they are my favorite indoor plant. (Outdoors I grow herbs. They forgive my lack of maintenance too.) So in case you find you’re a little like me – slightly crafty but lacking a green thumb – here are a few ideas to bring the outdoors in as the weather begins its journey into cold and dreary.
DIY Succulent Terrarium from BirdHouse Blog
Simple yet stylish, this DIY Succulent Terrarium from BirdHouse Blog will fit perfectly in your windowsill or on a bookshelf. It’s small size makes it practical for any room or perfecting for gifting someone else you know and love who is also lacking the much sought after “green thumb.” Keep it manageable and in its pot by pruning leaves as it over seeks its bounds. Plucked leaves can be rooted right into new soil for baby terrariums in every room.
DIY Succulent Table from Far Out Flora
If you’re in love with a rustic look, consider a bold approach and craft a DIY Succulent Table as a living room coffee table or side table. The size and dimensions are entirely up to you. But regardless of how large or small you go, this is one table sure to make a statement you’ll never grow tired of.
How to Make Modern Cement Planters Using Packaging from Re-Nest
You can make these small, yet practical Succulent Cement Planters by using recycled food packaging as your molds. They’re easy to make in batches as favors for events and are perfect for using as bookends. Go extra creative and spray paint the planters with chalk board paint for even more fun and a planter that is always customizable.
DIY: Book Planter with Succulents from Green Wedding Shoes
Whether you’re creating a wedding centerpiece or just want something incredibly unique to decorate your own home, these DIY Succulent Book Planters take the cake! Fill in around the succulents with moss and fake flowers for extra pizazz or a touch of color that matches your room’s decor.
Make a Living Succulent Picture from Better Homes & Gardens
Don’t have the space for pots? Hang (or prop) your succulent garden on the wall with this DIY tutorial from Better Homes & Gardens for making a Living Succulent Picture. Just water your creation on a flat surface once a month and make sure it sees a little sun from a nearby window. It’s instant art without the anguish of finding something that fits that hard to fit room and also makes for a great conversation piece.
What’s your favorite way to display your indoor plants?

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