Beautiful succulent gardens are popping up everywhere. I’ve seen gorgeous succulent arrangements used everywhere from sophisticated wedding arrangements to intriguing wall art, interesting patio gardens, colorful ground cover, and even low maintenance terrariums and other home decor plants. My favorite upcycled succulent planters are at the local nursery where they have transformed old everyday items into really fun plants for your home decor. They have an old teapot succulent garden on display that is so whimsical and charming that I couldn’t help but adore it – but it’s not for sale. They also have planted succulents in old enamel mugs which are also super cute, but when I started thinking about it, I knew that I could make the same kind of plants with more bang for my buck and personalize them as much as I want to. So this is what I did.
Upcycled Succulent Planters
After looking around my home and quick trip to Goodwill, I found several items worthy of becoming upcycled succulent planters. I found the cutest teapot, an old flour sifter, and this old copper bundt pan (sorry I don’t have pictures of the teapot or sifter, I gave them away before I snapped any photos). The fun part is that you can use what ever you’d like to tailor your little garden to your tastes. I saw a cute circus animal cookie tin that I wish I’d have grabbed. It we be darling in the right kitchen. Part of the succulent garden’s appeal is that they are virtually indestructible. These plants need little water and soggy water logged roots are one of the few ways to kill them which means that you need to make sure that your container has good drainage. If not be sure to use a hammer and nail to pound a few holes in the bottom of the container or you can even use a drill. After I’ve made sure my planter has adequate drainage, I like to add about an inch of gravel to the bottom to help with drainage before filling it with potting soil. Then I gently remove the plants from their store carton and tenderly massage the roots with my fingers to loosen them making sure they aren’t bound into a tight ball. Now it’s time to think about how you want to arrange the plants. Think about planting them with like plants in groups. I like to place one larger accent piece to the side, and then I used smaller succulents from special succulent tiles that I found at Home Depot to fill in the rest of the space. These tiles are a great option because they bring your cost down while adding lots of visual interest to your garden. No tile is alike and they are all filled with several different varieties of all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures that will give that extra something to your upcycled succulent planter. After my plants are in place, I fill any extra gaps in with soil and then cover any exposed soil with decorative rocks (aquarium rocks, gravel, glass gems, sea shells). All that is left it to give it a little water, to the soil and not directly to the foliage. During the summer months, water your succulent garden just enough to dampen the soil and let it drain well. You don’t want to water it again until the soil is completely dry. In the off season when the plant goes dormant, you can water even less often, going weeks between watering. If you find that your plant is losing leaves, getting brown ‘scabs’, or shriveling, you will want to increase the amount of water it’s getting. Find a sunny spot for your succulent garden and you should be good to go. That’s are there is to creating your own beautiful DIY succulent garden.
Do you have plants in your home? What are your favorite plants to grow indoors? Do you have any unusual planters or even tips to share with us?