Monday, October 7, 2013

DIY Succulent Planters

Now that autumn has definitely rolled in and we are getting our yard ready for the winter, this project is one that I would love to have around in my house during the dreary winter months. Succulent plants are the perfect low maintenance plant. They don't need a lot of sun or water so they're easy for just about anyone. This particular planter was made for my mother-in-law for mother's day and it lives at her house, but I see it often and still love how it turned out.

Things you'll need:
  • Something to use as the planter. I used an old drawer that had no home. If you're going the same route I did, you'll want to sand down the drawer and then stain or paint it your desired color. I stained it with Minwax's dark walnut shade.
  • Potting soil
  • Succulent plants. You can find them in the indoor/house plants section at your local home improvement store. Make sure the plants you pick have similar care instructions. Each plant I used averaged $3.
  • Decorative rocks. We bought THIS BAG for $4. 
  • Plastic to use as a liner. We used a thick plastic bag.
  • Optional: Staple gun 

Step 1: Get your chosen planter ready to go. Again, I went the upcycle route and sanded/stained an old drawer.
Step 2: Cut your plastic to fit inside your planter. If you have a staple gun, staple the edges to the sides. Line it as high as you want the soil to go. The plastic will help so that your wooden drawer doesn't start to rot from the excess water.
Step 3: Decide where you want your plants and then plant them with your potting soil. Be sure to stay within the plastic liner.
Step 4: Use the rocks to create a layer on top for a more polished look. They also help hide the liner from view.

Another view of the planter.

Months later, the middle cactus is thriving. It was Andrew's must-have plant for this gift so he's pretty happy that it survived. A couple of the plants have died, but we don't know if it's because my mother-in-law is an overwaterer or because they just didn't like the conditions. Aside from those plants, everything else is still doing really well.

Our glass succulent planters.

While we were doing this project, we also decided to make ourselves some planters with the extra plants we purchased. We used some glass jars we had laying around the house as our planters and layered the bottoms of each with some rocks to help with draining. The one in the middle is Andrew's creation. He decided to be fancy and put a layer of rocks on top too, but that really isn't necessary. These won't need much water either so be careful when you're watering them and don't overwater. We'll see how long these last. We don't have a lot of house plants, but these are a nice addition that don't require much work at all. These would make fun gifts too. We may be gifting some of these for Christmas some time in the future.
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1 comment:

  1. I like the plants in the jars. Hopefully Andrew doesn't kill them with his putrid black thumb. :)