DIY Succulent Gardens

Succulents are simply lovely, and will grow in almost any vessel.


Expect to spend about 15 minutes to make each garden. Plan on 15 minutes of clean up.


  • $1-4 for tea cups, mugs, bowls, vessels at Thrift Stores
  • $3 for bagged gravel
  • $8 for Succulent/Cactus Mix Soil, or make your own with potting soil, peat and sand
  • $5-8 for Succulent starters. I recommend 3 types per garden. Choose plants with multiple plants so they will go farther. You can buy an assortment of succulent cuttings on Etsy.

What you need:

  • Vessels like used teacups, bowls, mugs, pottery, wood boxes, sea shells… even rusty metal objects.
  • An assortment of succulent clippings, host a succulents clipping party or order starts on Etsy.
  • Potting soil, sand and gravel
  • Findings like broken pottery, marbles, stones
  • Water spray bottle

What to do:

  • Add a handful of small gravel to the bottom of the vessel.
  • Fill with loose soil mix.
  • Poke holes in the soil with a stick.
  • Add an assortment of succulent clippings snugly into the vessel.
  • They like to be crowded. Press soil down firmly. Add more soil if needed.
  • Fill empty spaces with stones, broken pottery, etc.
  • Spray the succulents with a spray bottle to wash away the excess.
  • Water once a week.
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