Why a DIY Succulent Planter?

This DIY succulent planter is the PERFECT gift for anyone. I made a list of quick reasons why!

  • Cheap!
  • Easy to assemble
  • Low maintenance plants (perfect if you don’t have a green thumb like me!)
  • Plants last forever
  • Homemade touch
  • Bring warmth into any room

A couple of weeks ago I sat down and thought about what I wanted to do for Mother’s Day. This year I’m a little older and a little wiser 😉 which means I wanted to take on a little more responsibility. I figured this would be a great way to not only give my mother some appreciation and love but also both my grandmother’s (because hey, where would I be without those two warriors?).

Anyway, so I thought well, let’s just do the usual $70 flower bouquet and some $7 Papyrus cards (LOVE Papyrus). Then I thought, fudge I can’t afford THREE flower bouquets at $210 PLUS $30 bucks in cards..I could make the cards….?

Unfortunately on my oh-so-awesome teacher budget, that wasn’t going to cut it. Then I remembered my new found love and OBSESSION for succulents. These beautiful and unique plants are a part of the cactus family and make any home a little more homier.

Moreover, they not only provide that clean air that plants do and the great aesthetic of nature, but also they are super easy to take care of! On top of that, putting them all together in a DIY succulent planter makes it that much more enjoyable to watch them all grow and bring sunshine in your home!

DIY Succulent Planter Process & Backstory

First I hurried my butt over to Home Depot to pick up a few more plants. The total cost was about $40 for ALL arrangement succulents plus the $4 cactus soil (keep in mind that $40 worth of plants included some I kept for my own collection and that cactus soil is plentiful).

After, I headed over to Michael’s because they have great discounts on odds and ends boxes PLUS an awesome teacher discount and never-ending coupons if you sign up for emails. I found these cute little box planters below for about $4. Each set came with two. A box within a box!

Following that night I worked to put them together and they came out SO awesome! Now let’s do some math…

  • $40 worth of succulents (I even kept some for myself PLUS I even got to take some leaves that fell off to propogate = FREE SUCCULENT PLANTS!)
  • $4 cactus soil
  • $8 for 4 wooden boxes

Finally, ladies & gents, that brings us to $52 TOTAL to make FOUR separate arrangements. Which means for ONE arrangement, it’s roughly $13! DING DING DING! I can say overall it was a pretty good deal and not to mention I enjoyed making them, and I got to keep a box for myself 🙂

How to Make a DIY Succulent Planter

Getting Materials Ready for Your DIY Succulent Planter

1. First, pick some succulents from your local nursery. Even after this venture, I found a great nursery in MD called Meadows Farms. If you’re not pressed on time, you can even order some online here from Amazon. Either way, just pick a bunch of different ones.

DIY Succulent Planter

2. In addition, buy some Cactus potting soil. Anytime you want to repot these gems, you’ll want to use fresh soil. Not too sure on the technicalities of it, but the new fresh nutrients will help out your plant!

3. Next, go to our local craft store or Target/Walmart and find a container or potter. My Michael’s boxes cost me $4 each and two per purchase, a smaller and larger size. They’re very simple. You can try something a little more decadent if you please!

4. Following, you’ll want to do it on hard floors preferably if you’re doing this inside. That way if you spill some outside of your area, it’s easy to sweep up. You can also cut up trash bags. It’s super easy to clean up at the end by just bunching it. That way all the soil and dead leaves are in one place.

5. Next for the semi messy part. I de-potted the succulents. I gently took out the succulents by squeezing lightly around the containers to loosen the soil. After, I carefully separated the compacted soil from around the roots. You can tap it lightly to help loosen it up further.

DIY Succulent Planter

6. After, you’ll want to fill up your potters with the cactus soil. I left about a half inch at the top so that I could fill as I went along.

Putting Your DIY Succulent Planter All Together

7. Finally, it is time to place your plants in their new home and finish up your DIY succulent planter. Using a tool or your hands and fingers, make a hole into the dirt big enough for your succulent’s roots. After you place one in, press down on the dirt to secure it but not TOO tight. You can add more dirt if needed to help fill up the box and provide more upright support for your DIY succulent planter.

8. Then as far as placement, I just kind of premeditated on where I wanted which plants. It’s cute to have a bigger accent in the corner or something off-center in my opinion!

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9. Finally, clean off your leaves if you got dirt on some of them and voila! You have made your very own DIY succulent planter.

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Also, you can decorate the box or add some ribbon to spice it up! Totally up to you. Make it your own! I just left mine plain!

DIY Succulent Planter Easter Egg

Consequently, you may notice that some of your leaves might have fallen off when you were repotting the plants. DO NOT THROW AWAY! These are each potentially new plants. Make sure they’re a clean cut off of the stem (more instructions in this post here) and then arrange them on paper towel for the start of propagation!

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Remember, succulents are totally low maintenance and last SUCH a long time making it a worthwhile and meaningful present over florist flowers that last maybe a week.

Please feel free to share your ideas and different takes on this planter! I’m eager to see!



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