DIY Succulent Planters

Posted in Decor, DIY, Homemaking

I know I am not alone when I say that I am a bit obsessed with the cute, uniquely colorful, and mini-sized succulent plants.  What is not to love? They are hardy (i.e. difficult to kill which is good news for someone who doesn’t exactly have a green thumb) and are the perfect size to fit in a small terra cotta pot, and I just so happened to have a few on hand!

Now as you might know, I love a good project so I decided to break out the paint and make some custom succulent planters as decor for our kitchen table.  I am notorious for getting halfway into a project and making a mistake, but this project went surprisingly smooth.  Plus, I just can’t get over how cute these turned out.  I seriously stop to look at them and smile every time I walk into the kitchen.  (Shoutout to my husband for helping me with this project!) *FYI: This post contains affiliate links.

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terra cotta pots

acrylic paint in your choice of colors – I used Master’s Touch in Titanium White and Ocean Green (only available in stores, similar one here)


electrical tape – crucial for taping off, read more below about why this tape works best!

paper plates to put pots on to dry

cactus, palm, and citrus potting mix


succulent plants – shopping for them is the best part! How cute is my little helper?


Step by Step How Tos: (and a few recommendations along the way!)

  1. Once you have chosen your plants, pot size, and paint colors, it’s time to get started!  I wanted my pots to have a color scheme to match our kitchen, but still have some variety.  Alternating colors and one with stripes was just what I had in mind.   Choose a pattern that will work for you!
  2. To use a similar pattern to mine, start by painting the pots and their drip trays white.  The terra cotta is quite porous so don’t be surprised (or discouraged) if it takes more than two coats to cover them.  We did 4(!!) coats of white before it had a uniform look.
  3. To get the look of the stripes, my “super awesome” suggestion is to use electrical tape to wrap around the pot as shown.  The tape is stretchy and therefore will wrap around the pot which isn’t perfectly round quite easily.  It also is the perfect width for making multiple stripes.  You will only need 2 coats for your second color as the white gives a good base.
  4. Once you have finished painting, it is time to pot the succulents.  Now I do not have a green thumb, but my mom is a gardening expert (apparently it skips a generation) and she assured me that the only way to go was to buy special soil made for succulents.  We also bought a bag of perlite which helps with drainage.
  5. Mix a teaspoon or so of the perlite into the potting soil with the succulent.  To achieve the look shown in mine, add perlite to the top of the soil when done to mimic white rock without the cost or the weight. Win-win!
  6. Water weekly (I am a serial over-waterer, so let’s see if I can abide by this rule….I mean, they looked like they needed it!) and choose a sunny location to display your adorable succulent planters.













I hope your succulent planters bring you as much joy as mine do
for me!

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August 18, 2016
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  • Reply Susannah

    These turned out so cute!!! Great job! <3

    August 19, 2016 at 11:20 pm
  • Reply Angela

    Love ❤️ Glad I’m not the only brown thumb ?

    August 24, 2016 at 7:45 am
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