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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  1. Love this! Great idea. =0)

  2. This is such a wonderful gift! I think I might make one for myself for Mother’s Day 🙂

  3. It;s beautiful! I love succulents because they are harder to kill, LOL!!

  4. Great idea!

  5. I love it!! So cute! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Those turned out great. Love the bowls!

  7. These will definitely last longer than flowers! Especially for those of us with brown thumbs. 🙂