DIY Planting Succulents

Funny story– we were at John’s dad’s house for Christmas and he had some sweet succulents sitting on a buffet and I said, “John, we just need some of these!”  He chuckled (at what I thought was my pathetic excitement over some little plants.)

Little did I know he had bought me some and was hiding them in our house for my birthday. What a gem he is.

I’m sure you’ve seen them all over Pinterest by now.  Planting succulents is actually really easy.  Online, we found a few different ways to plant them, but I don’t think you can really go wrong unless you over water them.

How to Plant Succulents

1.  Buy some succulents (I think they tend to look a little better in groupings.)

2.  We fetched some sand from the sandbox in the backyard.  You don’t have to use sand, but we wanted an organic feel.

3.  Gather some rocks/small pebbles.  Again, you don’t have to, but rocks are a neat match with succulents.  You can grab a decent sized bag of them from the Dollar Tree for a buck!

4.  Then, put some rocks in the bottom of your planter to properly drain your succulents.  We chose to carry the rocks up the side of the bowl.

5.  Add a little sand on top of the rocks.

6.  Mix in a little dirt/soil and plant your succulent as you would any other plant.

7.  Then top with a little more sand, followed by some more rocks/pebbles.  That’s it!

For our planters, I made a quick trip to Goodwill and ended up finding the perfect big glass bowl for $2.99.  Love when that happens.

If you can’t find one you like at a thrift store, there are tons of options online.  Here are a few similar styles that are inexpensive.

Just click the text under the picture to get to the site.

I love this one because it looks like a plastic bag!

Fred and Friends Unzipped-Bag-Shaped Hand-Blown Glass Bowl

Bubble Bowl – Large Size. Hand Blown Glass, Not Machine Made (Pack of 1 pc)

Glass Bowl, Lily Bowl, Footed Bowl (1 pc)

We also had this bowl, originally bought at Michael’s for $3 on clearance.

I love the natural element succulents add to any space.

After doing a little research, we found out they only need to be watered a tiny bit every few weeks.  They also need to be in a sunny spot.  Surely, I can handle this. ;)


Not only do plants provide a soothing natural element indoors, but they are also good for your health.  Plants help cleanse the air inside your home.  And of course, they’re nice to look at…

…..(if I can keep them alive!)

We are sharing this at ladybehindthecurtain :)

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32 responses to DIY Planting Succulents

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  2. I have been wanting to do this forever! I love the bowl you used, and that plastic bag vase is pretty great! Thanks for sharing =)

  3. They look cute! I really need to work on adding some more living plants to our house, it’s a little dead around here. Haha (lame joke)

  4. I love the plastic bag looking one!!!

  5. So pretty Whitney….I love them arranged in the glass bowl!…So when was your birthday?…Happy Birthday!

  6. I WANT TO MAKE SOME NOW!!! I think i will be making some in two weekends while we are babysitting. cute and I didnt realize it was that easy!

  7. For some reason I always thought planting succulents was much harder than that. Pinning these instructions because I’m inspired to try my own now. And that glass plastic bag thing is SWEET!

  8. All the rage, but I’ve never tried them… hmmm. Keep me posted, Whitney!
    xo Heidi

  9. I love them too! And read all the way to the bottom of this post to read about how you painted succulents… because I’m illiterate and read the title wrong.

  10. Love succulents! My Mom, the green thumb, introduced me to them years ago — and I still have them!

  11. Love them! I really like that you used rocks and sand. I love that layered look. I keep meaning to add some of these around our house but I’m lame and never get to it. haha. Way to go John for knowing you’d love them!

  12. Super cute! I love your arrangement, and how they can add a little life to a space! :)

  13. Thanks for the reminder…I need to get some more plants in the house! I LOVE that plastic bag shaped bowl. Hope you guys had a great Christmas & New Year!

  14. Reading about succulents always reminds me of an exam I had in University. The question was, What is a succulent – I had no idea, so I was tempted to write “The guy in front of me”, ’cause he was cute!

    And speaking of cute – your bowls of succulents are really cute! I love the combination of shapes and and textures. I had a bowl of them outside a couple of summers ago, but it got way to wet and they died. Maybe I’ll try again with a bowl of them inside the house. Thanks for the inspiration :-)

  15. Love succulents! Your arrangements are lovely!

  16. Love them! I’ve been wanting to get my hands on some of these.