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DIY Succulent Planter

Here’s another crafty project to brighten up your home. I first saw these on Pinterest and it was love at first sight. Something cheap, easy to make and look amazing. I used some glass tumblers that came with us from our old house, but you can use any glass/see through container for these.

The succulents were not expensive, I got mine for about £2.00 each from B&Q. Most gardens store will stock a few though and this project would also work well with some air plants.

You will need:

Some glass or plastic transparent containers

Coloured Sand – I bought these ones


I used some old glass tumblers for this project #upcycling. And I got this year’s chilli plants sown at the same time too!

Prepare your plants

My succulents came in little plastic pots. They were a little deep for my glasses so Using scissors I simply cut around the top to shorten the container. If your succulents don’t come with plastic pots, any small plastic container that can hold a little soil should do the trick.

Once your happy place your plants in the glass.

Lots of layers

This is the fun bit. Carefully pour the sand around your plants, building them up in layers. They don’t have to be even or level, I like the wavy, freeform look these have.

Keep building layers until you reach the top of your plant container. You can use a sheet of paper to help you aim the sand, or just pour directly from the bag, whichever is easier for you.

You can finish these off with a few stones or little shells for added interest.

Don’t Forget to Water

Succulents are pretty hardy plants, but they still need water. The best way to water these without disturbing the sand, is to use a syringe.

If you don’t have a syringe, or can’t get hold of one, then a drinking straw works pretty well. Just run the tap directly over one end of the straw so the water is running through, place your finger over the bottom trapping the water and turn the straw upside down – this creates a vaccuum and the water won’t come out the straw until you move your finger!

You can try these in any colour that works with your décor! I used blue because we have a bit of a blue theme going on in our house at the moment.

Give it a go and let me know what you think in the comments!

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