DIY – succulents

Succulent planters are adorable, but can be pretty pricey. Here is how I made mine (and if you are in the local Austin area, check out my shop!)

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x. materials

  1. mugs, jars, or other objects (try the Goodwill, Dollar Tree, and Ikea – be creative!)
  2. Activated Charcoal
  3. Potting soil meant for succulents and cacti
  4. Small rocks (again, check out the Dollar Tree)
  5. Succulents (I buy mine from etsy.com)
  6. extras like quartz rocks or small toys

x. steps

  1. clean out the container you want to use (for this one I found a glass coffee pot at the Goodwill for 1.99)
  2. Begin by pouring the small rocks inside of the container. I usually pour enough so the entire bottom surface is covered.
  3. The next step is to add the activated charcoal – since it is charcoal be careful not to wipe your hands on your clothes or other fabrics.
  4. Next comes the potting soil! make sure to add enough to full immerse your roots.
  5. I buy my succulents online – they come in about 2in containers. I don’t use the soil they came potted with, so I carefully remove the plant and try to brush off excessive soil from the roots. Using my fingers I make a small indentation in the soil and anchor my succulent inside of the depression. Again, using my fingers I try to pack the soil around the succulent to make sure it is secured.
  6. This part is my favorite – decorating! I accidentally bought the wrong size of quartz crystals back in December from Amazon, but I kept them because I knew I could use them. I will place 1-2 quartz crystals upright into the soil for the larger containers, and put 1-2 tumbled stones for the tea cup succulents. You can also put small toys. I bought a package of tiny dinosaurs from Target, and am waiting for some Totoro figurines to come in the mail!

The succulents are fairly easy to maintain. I have mine on my kitchen window sill because I am still debating if I should give them away as gifts – they are so cute I want to keep them all!

 

 

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