How to decorate succulent pots

Succulents are cute and lovable, even when they get big and they come in a lot of different varieties, as if they’re inviting you to collect them and to display them into your home. Of course, a beautiful succulent needs a beautiful pot and that’s what we’re going to talk about today. We found a bunch of cool ideas for DIY succulent pots that we’d like to share with you so let’s get started!

Terra cotta pots are not the best-looking kind of pots but they’re great for the plants so a lot of people prefer them in the detriment of plastic or ceramic pots. So how do you make them look nicer? It’s easy. You can just paint their exterior. If you like the geometric patterns featured on fun365.orientaltrading then go ahead and get some white acrylic paint and a razor blade (or something sharp to etch the pots with) and have fun decorating your mini succulent pots.

If you like colorful ideas, check out this clay petal succulent planter featured on abeautifulmess. You can make something like this using polymer clay, a palette knife and a planter (concrete or ceramic). You’ll also need an oven. First you make small pea-sized balls of clay in all colors and then you start placing them on the planter, towards the top. You press the palette knife into each clay ball and then you pull down to make a petal shape. Repeat until you’ve covered the whole planter in clay petals and then put the planter in the oven, according to the instructions.

Decorating existing succulent pots is one option but you can also make your very own pots from scratch if you want to. If you like these little clay pots we can guide you through the project, from start to finish. Make sure you have all the tools and materials ready. You’ll need oven bake clay, a rolling pin, baking paper, a ruler, a knife, a smoothing tool and cardboard templates.

If you’re using faux succulent plants you don’t have to worry about the material from which the pots are made or if they have drainage holes at the bottom so you could even get away with using mason jars as succulent pots. Actually, real plants could do well in jars too as long as you’re extra careful when watering them. Anyway, you might want to decorate the jars a bit. One option is to paint them, as shown on lollyjane.

Another option can be to decorate your mason jar succulent pots with colored twine, as suggested on designmom. To make sure the twine sticks and doesn’t fall off, you’ll need to soak it in some white glue. Then you just wrap the twine around the jar until you cover its surface completely. You can use several colors and combine them however you like.

In case there’s not much room on your desk or on your shelves for potted succulents, you can always hang some on a wall. Check out the DIY wall pots from lilyardor. They look really chic and stylish and while they’re not exactly super easy to craft they can definitely be worth the effort. Curious what you’ll need for such a project? Well, some porcelain clay, a rolling pin, balloons, thick rubber bands, resin, plaster, 4 screws, spray paint, pushpins, a straw, a drill and some old belts.

A little bit of leftover wood can be just what you need to make a lovely little succulent pot. It’s basically just a small box and you shouldn’t have any problems putting it together. Now let’s talk about the customization options. On thesucculenteclectic there’s a tutorial showing you how to paint a chalkboard heart onto your wooden planter. It would be a cute idea for Valentine’s Day.

Concrete is a highly versatile material which can be used to make a lot of cool things, including planters. Check out this concrete succulent planter and how chic it looks. To make something similar you’ll need the following: a non-stick baking tray, a small plastic container, concrete mix, something to stir the mix with, scissors and some sandpaper/ tac. You’ll need to let the concrete sit for about days.

Wall planters are super practical because they don’t take up any space on counters, tables, desks or shelves but they’re also quite eye-catching. They double as wall decorations and some look pretty amazing, like this DIY succulent wall planter for instance. To make something like this you need a wooden box, some plastic wrap, acrylic paint, super glue, soil, succulents and moss. The plastic wrap keeps the box dry and prevents leaks.

There are a lot of cute and easy ways to decorate the pots that you already have. For example, you could make little hessian planter bags like these ones. Aren’t they adorable? All you need for this project is some burlap fabric, a ruler, a pen, scissors and a sewing machine. you can sew the bags by hand too but it would take longer. Make sure the bags are just a bit larger than the pots and a bit taller too.

Speaking of little bags for succulent pots, check out these cute flower pot cozies from sotakhandmade. They’re super cute and you can make them out of patterned fabric and even combine different colors and patterns to create more interesting designs. Have fun mixing and matching and give each succulent pot its own personality.

As you may know, picture frames can be repurposed in a lot of cool ways, including into a planter for succulents. The idea is quite unusual and requires a little bit of prepping so be sure to check out the video tutorial first. This frame planter for succulents lets you display your little plants in an uncommon and interesting manner. The frame itself can be customized in all sorts of cool ways as well.

Perhaps you’ve seen this before in gardens: tree trunks (from trees that have been cut down) are sometimes turned into planters. You can find inspiration in that when creating your own little tree trunk succulent planter. To do that, you need a small tree trunk (4”-5” or so), a 2” forstner drill bit, a drill, sandpaper, painter’s tape, spray paint and varnish.

We love the succulent plants, and there are so many available today in the nurseries and faux succulents of many varieties in the craft stores. Here are a few ideas for decorating the patio or even the house with them. If you use real ones, be sure to include sand in the bottom of the containers for drainage. You don’t want them sitting in water.

How to decorate succulent pots

First gather your supplies. I chose white craft rocks, various containers of all sizes, sand, and a variety of succulents.

How to decorate succulent pots

The more variety and color you add, the more interesting will be your decorations. So vary the textures, colors and then add the succulents.

How to decorate succulent pots

Several plants with the colored sand and one small terra cotta pot in a flat, clear bowl with some white craft rocks sprinkled into the picture.

How to decorate succulent pots

The marvel about decorating with succulents, you can use celebrations with planters to add variety throughout the year. This was for my Valentine.

How to decorate succulent pots

More pots and plants add a little more eye appeal too. I liked the plants surrounded with white and the pots with the colored sand.

How to decorate succulent pots

Turning the planter pots around and adding more white rocks also changes the look of the decoration.

How to decorate succulent pots

This was my favorite one with the bowl, sand covered, and rocks with more succulents spread around. These were just some ideas I had to make a hutch decoration for our home. I had the materials for this project, but you may spend $10 or so, depending on what you have on hand and how many plants you buy. These were $1 each. I love the look of them on my built in hutch for winter display.

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Succulents are growing in popularity and are easy to maintain – perfect for home decor! Check out these 18 unique ways to display succulents.

How to decorate succulent pots

I haven’t jumped on the succulent bandwagon yet. Have you? I’ve seen all of the projects around the blogosphere and have been tempted, but I really decided that I was going to get going with a succulent display soon.

I’m not really sure how to do it – that’s the only issue. It turns out there are a ton of ways to display succulents, and I found 18 of them while looking around. If you are like me, wanting to dabble but aren’t sure how, scroll down for some great succulent ideas!

PS – Succulents are great because you don’t have to water them often, but that doesn’t mean you if you want to know how to care for succulents, you’re going to need the ultimate guide. If you don’t have a green thumb (maybe it’s brown?) you can always purchase faux succulents at the craft store or on Amazon. You’d be surprised; you can get pretty realistic looking plants!

How to Display Succulents

Whether you prefer real or faux succulents, there are so many creative ways to feature them in your home. Here are 15+ ways to display succulents.

Last Updated on June 24, 2019 by Ellen Christian

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Have you thought about decorating with artificial succulent plants? As much as I love my gardens outside, I do not have a lot of luck growing succulents inside. My husband jokes that I am the only person he knows that has killed an aloe plant. He’s not kidding. I love the way that succulents look. So, in an effort to bring them into my home, I’ve decided to try a few artificial plants.

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Artificial Succulent Plants

I love the way that flowers and plants look in any home. They bring a splash of color and really help brighten up the room. Unlike real plants and succulents, they don’t require much care. I don’t need to worry about them if I have a busy day and forget to water them. And, if I am traveling I can trust that they’ll look just as good when I get back as when I left. They are the perfect gift for any busy woman whether it’s a treat for yourself or a gift for Mother’s Day.

Artificial succulent arrangements

If you’re looking for a centerpiece for your table or an accent for your hutch or entertainment center, an arrangement of succulents is a great choice. Several smaller succulents in a terrarium, basket or pot will add visual interest. Unlike real plants and flowers, you won’t need to worry about your cats nibbling on the leaves.

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Artificial succulents in pots

If you have an open corner or wall in your room that you’d like to brighten up, consider adding artificial succulents in pots. We have a dark area in our kitchen that doesn’t get enough light to grow a real plant. But, I love the way this succulent garden in a wood planter looks! The detailing on the planter just adds so much style to the room.

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Where to place artificial succulent plants

When you add an artificial plant to your home, the idea is that you want people to think it’s real. You want to place it in an area of your home that it could grow if it was real. No, the conditions don’t have to be perfect. But, they should be pretty close to it.

Create a styled corner

Half of the fun of decorating is creating something unique and special. Don’t just stick your artificial succulent on a table and walk away. Create a setting that brings out the color and style of each arrangement. Depending on the type of plant, consider adding a few books, seashells, or a candle.

Nearly Natural sells a variety of artificial succulent plants as well as artificial flowers, wreaths, and arrangements. I love the succulents that I received. The quality is truly amazing and far surpasses anything that I’ve seen in a store.

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In my Succulent Windowsill Pots video and DIY below, you’ll find out how to make a simple, colorful succulent windowsill garden. Here’s how to transform your window at work or home into a mini-garden.

The six pots in my video, each 3-inches in diameter, came as a set from Amazon. Their rainbow colors make them fun to combine with colorful succulents. I added crushed glass topdressings for bling and sparkle.

You needn’t use the exact pots I did; other multipot sets work equally well—for example, these from Mountain Crest Gardens. Scroll down to watch a video of Annie and me planting them with haworthias.

How to decorate succulent pots

Windowsill pots with haworthias, from Mountain Crest Gardens

Materials and Method

  • Four to six 3-inch decorative pots. Cover drain holes with a 2-inch square cut from a paper towel, so soil doesn’t fall out.
  • The same number of succulents in 2-inch nursery pots. Numerous varieties and even cuttings will work. These are Adromischus cristatus, Sedeveria ‘Lilac Mist’, Sedeveria ‘Letizia’, Senecio haworthii, Sedum nussbaumerianum, and Sedum adolphi:How to decorate succulent pots
  • Gently slide each plant out of its nursery pot and tuck into its new pot. If need be, remove 1/4 to 1/2 inch of soil from top or bottom so root ball stays below the rim.
  • Use a gritty potting soil to fill gaps after putting plants (root balls and all) into the pots, or to elevate if needed. Soil should go to about half inch below the rim.
  • Add a 1/4-inch layer of white or neutral-colored sand (but not beach sand—too salty). The sand will fill gaps and keep the glass topdressing’s color true.
  • Add a layer of crushed, tumbled glass (optional) from craft stores, floral suppliers or online. I chose glass that echoes the glazes on the pots. Alternatively, conceal bare dirt and give your pots a finished look with crushed rock, pebbles, rhinestones or beads.

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Succulent windowsill pots


  • Water lightly and infrequently. See my How to Water Succulents page.
  • If your windowsill might be damaged by moisture, move the pots to the sink when watering. Let drain thoroughly before replacing. Cut little circles from foil and place one under each pot to protect the sill from condensation.
  • If stem succulents stretch or rosette succulents flatten, they’re asking for more light. However, the sun’s ultraviolet rays, when magnified by untreated window glass, can burn leaves. If this is a concern, add a sheer curtain or move plants farther from the glass. Keep in mind that south-facing windows typically get the most sun and north-facing the least. Haworthias, being shade succulents, are especially at risk.
  • It’s normal for succulents to get leggy over time. After four to six months or whenever you tire of looking at stems that have growth only on the tips, take cuttings and replant.

Be sure to watch this DIY video on Mountain Crest Gardens’ YouTube channel. In it, Annie and I plant haworthias in brightly glazed flowerpots:

I love crafting with moss and making moss décor. Mossy crafts always remind me of being in woodland or exploring a secret garden. Many mosses are protected here in the UK so am delighted to have found a preserved moss sheet which is perfect to use for crafts.

How to decorate succulent pots

Moss covered flower pots are really quick and easy to make and are a gorgeous way to display spring flowers. They are perfect for an Easter flower pot decoration and would make a lovely handcrafted gift.

What you need to make moss covered pots.

  • A selection of plant pots. We chose some cheap terracotta ones.
  • Craft Moss Sheet. We used Supermoss all-purpose moss mat (Amazon affiliate link). It comes with an adhesive backing making it super simple to use.
  • Potted spring bulbs and flowers of your choice.

How to make a template of a flowerpot.

The easiest way to cover a flowerpot in any material is to make a template. Using a pattern avoids wasting materials and saves lots of trimming. You can see the method demonstrated in the video below.

Alternatively, for written instructions and photos on how to make a template of a flowerpot check out our fabric covered flowerpots post.

Decorating planters with preserved moss.

Using the adhesive moss sheet is really simple. It cuts easily with craft scissors, and you just peel off the backing and stick it in place. The adhesive is strong and has adhered well to the materials I have tried it on which include ceramics, glass and wood.

How to decorate succulent pots

We used the preserved moss to decorate our flower pots 3 different ways.

How to decorate succulent pots

We covered one of the pots completely with the craft moss sheet.

For the second we covered the main body of the terracotta pot, leaving the rim exposed. To add some additional embellishment, the edge could be painted with acrylic paint.

How to decorate succulent pots

Our final pot has a strip of the moss sheet applied to the rim and a cute heart applied to the body giving the planter a pretty, rustic look. The moss heart was left over from our mini succulent planter which is another craft idea using Supermoss sheets.

How to decorate succulent pots

Once made, we planted our moss covered pots with some ready planted spring bulbs.

How to decorate succulent pots

Preserved moss covered flower pots are a fab way to introduce a moss décor vibe to your home. My next challenge is to work out how to cover wine glasses with Supermoss sheets. As soon as I do, I’ll be sharing them with you!

How to decorate succulent pots

For some more natural planter ideas check out our rustic bark covered flowerpots and our gorgeous moss, succulent and chicken wire toadstools.

Succulents are great plants for indoor or outdoor container gardening. Here’s how to prepare a succulent container garden and artfully arrange succulents with pizzazz.

Succulents are trendy container plants that come in diverse colors, textures, and shapes. They can thrive outdoors in warm climates, and do well inside in cooler weather. Succulents don’t need a ton of water, so their container must be suited for good water drainage. Follow these steps for a no-fail way to plant a succulent container garden.

  • Working time 30 mins
  • Start to finish 30 mins
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Involves Power Tools, Drilling, Planting

What you need

How to do it

Part 1

Drill Drainage Holes

If your container doesn’t have drainage holes in the bottom, drill several into the bottom of the container with a drill and drill bit. Start the bit at an angle until it “bites” into the container then slowly raise the drill to a vertical angle. Use steady pressure but don’t lean on the drill; let the bit do the work. Drilling this way will help prevent cracking in ceramic or terra-cotta pots.

Everything You Need To Know About Succulents

Succulents are the perfect plant—exotically shaped and so easy to care for! Here are important facts about succulents, including tips on succulent soil and watering succulents.

Fill Pot With Soil

Fill the pot almost to the rim with fast-draining potting soil. Buy packaged cactus potting soil, or make your own soil by mixing 1 part regular potting soil with 1 part perlite, pumice, cypress mulch, or granite gravel to create airflow and drainage. You can pea gravel in the bottom of the succulent planter before filling with soil for extra drainage.

Arrange Succulents

The best potted succulent gardens contain a mix of plant types and sizes. To mimic the look, pop your plants out of their nursery pots and arrange taller plants in the center or back of the container, shorter plants in the front, and trailing plants draping over the edge. Pack plants tightly for a lush, full look. Add potting soil to fill any gaps, especially around the edges of the container; lightly press the soil.

Easy Care Succulent Containers

Create your own mini succulent garden with a container you probably already have in your home or garage.

Add Gravel & Finish Arrangement

Pour small handfuls of fine gravel across the bare soil of the succulent garden DIY and gently smooth for a finished look. The gravel also aids drainage and keeps soil from splashing on the plants when you water.

Tuck a pretty stone or other decorative objects into the arrangement for a touch of color or texture. Gently water to settle the plants, and allow them to dry out between waterings. Avoid using saucers outdoors; indoors, empty the saucers after watering to prevent rot. Many succulents and cacti are cold-tender, so plan to bring them inside when temperatures drop below 40°F. In hot climates, the plants appreciate the afternoon shade.

How to decorate succulent pots

As we expand our succulent collections, we might consider planting them in combination pots and search for other ways to add more interest to our displays. Looking down on a single succulent plant may not show much diversity. One way to make our displays more eye-catching is nestling succulent containers inside each other.

Nestled Pots for Succulents

Planting succulents in nestled pots, a pot inside of another pot, provides space to add a variety of succulent types to expand interest. By allowing a couple of inches in the bottom pot, we can plant cascading succulents like string of pearls or string of bananas and add color by using a semi-succulent type such as Tradescantia zebrina.

Most often, nestled pots are the same, just in different sizes. However, the outer pot may be more decorative with a smaller simpler pot nestled into it. The inner pot sets on soil in the outer pot, making its rim an inch or two higher, sometime several inches taller than the outer container. This varies and since many succulent pots in pots are DIY creations, you can put it together any way you choose.

Choose pots that are compatible and that complement the plants you’ll put into them. For instance, plant the purple Tradescantia zebrina into white pots for the contrast of color. You might choose plants first and containers afterward. This way, you’ll know what soil is appropriate for the succulents you’ll use.

Cracked or broken pots may be used for the outer container. Pieces of broken terra cotta pots can sometimes add an interesting element when visibly located in one of the pots. You can use as many pots in this display as you can comfortably stack. All pots should have drain holes. Cover these with a small square of window screening wire or coir to hold the soil in.

How to Make a Pot in Pot Container

Fill the bottom pot with the appropriate soil, tamp down. Bring it high enough that the inner pot is at the level you desire.

Once the inner pot is the right level, fill in around the sides. You may plant the inner pot when it’s in position, but it is easier to plant in before you position it into the container. I do it this way unless the inner pot will hold a delicate plant.

Leave room for plantings in the outer pot. Plant them after positioning the inner pot, then cover with soil to an appropriate level. Don’t put soil all the way to the top of the outer pot, leave an inch, sometimes more.

Keep an eye on the appearance as you’re planting the outer pot. Use cuttings for an easy way to fill the outside container. Leave some space for young plants or cuttings to grow and fill out.

Welcome to the amazing world of succulent pots! In this place there is space for everything: creative, decorated, recycled, small, suspended, clay, cement, and even glass vases. The important thing is to provide a beautiful and suitable place for your succulents to grow and appear.

But before planting the greens, check out the tips and inspirations we’ve set aside for you:

How to choose a vase for succulents?

How to decorate succulent pots


Succulent pot material is one of the first things you will need to consider, especially if your succulent is going to be exposed to the sun.

This is because some materials, such as cement and glass, for example, heat up too much and can harm your plant. Others, such as clay, compete with the succulent for moisture and, therefore, will require you to water the plant more often. Therefore, the first tip is to determine where the plant will be and then choose the material.

If it’s succulent in the sun, prefer vases with a natural composition, such as clay and coconut fiber, since if it’s an indoor succulent, the other materials are freed.

Succulents are very versatile and democratic when it comes to pot size. The vast majority of them live very well in very small pots. However, under these conditions, it has no room to grow and will be limited to the size of the pot. So if you want your greens to grow, then put them in a vase that is a little bigger or proportionately sized.

In the case of an arrangement with several succulents, prioritize the use of larger pots and a wide mouth.


The decorative style of the room where you will place the succulents also helps to define the best type of vase. Classic aesthetic environments are complete with ceramic and glass vases. On the other hand, modern and laid-back environments combine with cement vases.

Clay vases, in turn, are ideal for boho, rustic, and industrial-style environments.


Pay close attention to draining the pot for succulents. This type of plant does not tolerate excess water and humidity, under serious risk of root rot. For this reason, the most suitable, especially for beginner gardeners, is the use of pots with holes for drainage. This is the surest way to ensure that the earth doesn’t get soaked.

Pots without holes, also known as cachepots, should only be used by those who already have more experience in gardening and know exactly how much water they need to put in the plant.

Check out the following ideas for pots for succulents below and get inspired to build your greenback collection:

Introduction: How to Make a Paper Cup Succulent Planter!

I love succulents, but finding the right pot to plant them in can be a struggle and expensive. Here’s how to make an inexpensive planter in the right size, shape, and color for your plant!


  • a paper cup
  • twine (yarn works too, twine is just what I prefer)
  • a pencil
  • scissors
  • tape
  • a plant
  • Decorations! Could be ribbons, stickers, washi tape, etc.

Step 1: Prep Your Cup

The first thing you’ll need to do is prep your cup. If it’s a little taller than you like, cut it down to size. Next, take your pencil and make marks along the top of your cup. Make each mark roughly the same size. In the next steps, you will be cutting these into flaps and using them for weaving, so try to make them even. (Pro Tip: Make an odd number of marks so there will be an odd number of flaps. Otherwise, your weaving will be off)

Step 2: Cut and Fold

Now cut down along each mark. Make sure you’re careful! Then gently fold the newly cut flaps down.

Step 3: Prep Weaving and Start

Get a piece of tape and attach your twine, yarn, or ribbon to the very bottom of your cup. Weave the twine (or your choice material) in an over-under pattern. Make sure that after every weave you tighten it!

Step 4: More Weaving

As you’re weaving, you should notice that the flaps are folding upwards (if you are tightening the weaving). You want this to happen. Guide the flaps and pull them up. This is how the planter will get its shape. When you’re done with the weaving the inside of the cup will face out.

Step 5: Finish Weaving

Just before you reach your desired height (or run out of material), take your twine and cut it. Now tape it to the inside of the basket.

Step 6: End the Basket

Simply take what’s left of the flaps and cut to your desired height. Make sure it falls just above the top of the weaving. Then fold those little edges down.

Step 7: Decorate!!(OPTIONAL)

Now decorate to your heart’s content! You could use washi tape, ribbons, stickers, etc. Be creative!!

Step 8: Display Your Creation!

Now put a plant in it! You could do a succulent or flowers (real or fake). Just, as with any plant, water it as needed and put it in a spot with plenty of sunlight.

Step 9: Other Variations

Okay, so this isn’t an actual step, but I wanted to include this. Be yourself with this whole project! If plants aren’t your thing, use this as a school supply holder. Also, try new things with this. If you don’t have one of the materials, experiment! Maybe a styrofoam cup would work just as well. Or maybe weave with ribbon if you don’t have twine or yarn. Don’t let my instructions limit your imagination. Well, I hope you are interested in trying my project. Have fun and happy crafting!

Learn how to add a professional touch to your succulent arrangements by using a top dressing, or decorative rocks. This simple addition will take your succulents to a whole new level!

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One of my favorite discoveries in regard to designing with succulents is the use of top dressings. If you’re not familiar with this term, a top dressing is simply decorative rocks that are placed on top of the soil after your arrangement is set.

This often overlooked feature can make a beautiful arrangement even more stunning.

How to decorate succulent pots

My friends Michael and Danielle Romero were the first to introduce me to this idea. They are amazing designers and I was fortunate to photograph some of their arrangements when working on my book, Idiot’s Guides: Succulents.

When I arrived to photograph, they were just finishing up adding the top dressings to several succulent arrangements. It was so amazing to see the transformation of these arrangements as they carefully selected top dressings to coordinate with their succulents.

This combination of Graptoveria paraguayense with the purple top dressing in a purple pot was my favorite.

How to decorate succulent pots

I also loved these crazy Crassula marnieriana with a simple pink and grey pea gravel as the top dressing.

How to decorate succulent pots

There are many benefits to using a top dressing! Watch the video below for more information.

Benefits of Adding a Top Dressing

First, it helps keep the soil in place while you’re watering. Especially if you’re using an organic soil that has very small particles, the top dressing will help hold it all in place.

Second, it can help enhance the colors in your succulents, or compliment them. Often, I’ll use a top dressing that includes subtle tones of the different succulents in my arrangement, helping pull all the elements together.

Third, it helps your arrangement look more professional and finished. All of the succulent designers that I’ve worked with use some sort of top dressing to complete their arrangement. The most common finishing elements include various colors of rock and moss. There are a lot of different things you can use, so you’re sure to find one that works for your arrangement.

Top dressings aren’t just for container arrangements either! My friend and succulent designer Laura Eubanks uses quite a few different types of rock for the various succulent landscape designs she creates. Covering up the soil beneath your succulents really improves the overall aesthetic of your design, and helps the succulent stand out and get noticed.

How to Add a Top Dressing

Adding a top dressing to your succulent arrangement is so simple.

After you’ve filled the pot with soil and plants, just pour the top dressing right on top of the soil.

Using these tweezers and bead scoop are helpful for small spaces. See the difference a top dressing made with this Echeveria ‘Lola’?

    How to decorate succulent pots

How to decorate succulent pots

Adding these decorative rocks not only looks good, but it’s functional too! The top dressing help keeps the soil in place when watering.

This prevents the arrangement from shifting very much over time. It can also reduce the amount of dust that flies up when you water.

Watch the video below to see the difference adding a top dressing can make when you’re cleaning up a succulent arrangement!

While I loved this idea of using top dressings, I was surprised at how difficult it was to find a top dressing for succuelnts I loved that was easy to purchase. I’ve spent hours shopping online and locally for just the right thing.

When I couldn’t find quite what I was looking for, I reached out to the fabulous Bonsai Jack for help. Sure enough, he was able to add a line of top dressings to his store. There are several different options to choose from.

I’m partial to the light pastel and bone white myself, but there are options from light to dark so you’ll find something you love!

    How to decorate succulent pots

How to decorate succulent pots

How to decorate succulent pots

How to decorate succulent pots

Should I removed a glued on top dressing?

It’s very common for succulent arrangements to come with pebbles on them. Lula’s Garden does this to help their arrangements arrive perfectly intact.

Sometimes these are actually water soluble and will wear off over time, which is the case with Lula’s Garden. But other times… they aren’t.

You don’t need to break up the pebbles if you feel confident you can get water to the roots of the succulent. Otherwise, I would try to loosen up the pebbles and allow some areas for water to flow down to the roots better.

Succulents that are glued into place this way won’t have as much room to grow or spread out, and they can’t push up through the glue-down top dressing.

Another problem with a glued down top dressing is lack of air flow. The layer of glue makes it much more difficult for your soil to dry out because it limits the air flow around your succulent’s soil. It’s kind of like having a lid on a container you put in the fridge. Nothing gets in, and nothing gets out.

I want to point out that having a top dressing on your succulent arrangement is not a bad thing. It’s mostly a problem if it’s glued in place and preventing water penetration. I use top dressings on nearly all of my arrangements, and they’re really awesome!

Top dressings really make a succulent arrangement look finished and professional. Once I discovered how awesome they were, every arrangement now gets one to finish it off.

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Craft Materials

Before starting this project, you’ll need the following materials:

Wire Wreath, Claypots, Moss, Succulents, Foam Balls, Floral Pins, Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint, Floral Wire

Wow Summer has just snuck up on me. Tomorrow is the kids last day of school and I’m pretty excited. I wanted to try to get one last craft project finished before the Summer break started (while I had the free time). A Succulent Wreath!

Last month I found some cool faux succulents at the Dollar Tree, I know right?? How cool is that?! I grabbed about $15 worth for some upcoming projects. They also had some mini terracotta pots 3 for $1. I went to Wal-Mart next and I found an even smaller size for .38 cents each. I knew right off what I wanted to make a succulent wreath!! I love a wreath project!

A succulent wreath project has been on my radar for while now. They look simply amazing and so pretty hanging up!


I also found my wire wreath at the Dollar Tree. That place seriously has everything. Most of the supplies for this project came from there.

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Step 1 – White Wash Pots

I started off by painting my terracotta pots with some of DecoArt’s Chalky Finish paint to give them an aged look.

I lightly painted on a coat of the chalky finish paint and then used a wet napkin to wipe off some of the extra paint. Let the paint dry and then add another coat. Wipe down again with a damp napkin.

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You can go as light or as heavy as you want, totally up to you!!

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Step 2 – Add Terracotta Pots to Wire Wreath

Since the pots have holes at the bottom it makes this step so much easier. Just run the wire through the clay pot and wrapped it tightly around the wire wreath. Once your done those pots aren’t going anywhere!!

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Step 3 – Add your Foam Balls and Moss

Since I write for FloraCraft I had a TON of foam balls on hand. I found the perfect size to fit right into the pots. I didn’t even need to glue them down! Next I added my moss by using some floral pins to keep it in place.

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Step 4 – Succulent Time!

All the succulents came in mini pots already, but they were super simple to remove.

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I only added the succulents to the larger pots. Since I added foam to the pots already it was easy to add the succulents to the wreath.

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Finishing Touches

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I LOVE how this wreath turned out!! I think the hardest part is trying to figure out where I’m going to put it in the house! In the picture I just added a nail to the wall and hung it up. But the picture with the ladder I added some jute to the wreath and it was easy to hang up that way as well.

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How to decorate succulent pots

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Another look I wanted to try out was painting some of the chalky finish vintage on some of the larger pots. I might go back later and add this color the all the pots on the wreath.

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I think painting the pots really gives this Succulent wreath the look I was going for. You can paint them whatever color you want. I bet adding some gray to the pots would be pretty as well.

So I think this wreath looks pretty cool, but it totally has a farmhouse feel to me. If you know my style then you know it’s coastal so I might have to add some mini starfish to this wreath. I’ll keep you posted for sure!!

Make sure to check out all my wreath projects I’ve made over the years!

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Succulent decorating ideas are so easy to apply and can easily perk up any corner of your home.

September 01, 2017

Succulent decorating ideas are so easy to apply and can easily perk up any corner of your home.

What are succulents?

Succulents are fleshy plants that can retain water in their leaves, stems or roots.

Why are succulents the best plants?

These low maintenance plants are almost indestructible and are available in varied shapes, sizes and colours, leaving plenty of options to choose from.

Here are some succulent arrangements you can use in your home:

Succulent decorating idea #1: Start small

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Invest in small, potted succulents and add freshness to your dining or living space. Place it on your bedside table alongside your family photos — we promise it’ll bring a smile to your face every morning.

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Make your workstation interesting with cute succulents. They’ll remain fresh through your long, hectic days.

Succulent decorating idea #2: Terrariums

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There are so many types of terrarium available online and offline today. They are available in several styles and can match traditional as well as modern decor. Ensure that you water terrariums evenly so that your succulents thrive.

Succulent decorating idea #3: Hanging garden

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Succulents are also gravity-defying. They do not necessarily grow upwards — making them a perfect choice to be put on the wall.

Succulent decorating idea #4: Beautify shelves

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Books, scented candles and succulents — the perfect way to create cute corners. Decorate your open shelves, bookshelves or entertainment centers with them.

Succulent decorating idea #5: Funky pots

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Choose attractive pots or trays for your succulents. Opt for a variety of plants in a single tray so it looks you have a slice of nature right inside your home.

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These geometric pots are a perfect contrast to the natural silhouette of these plants. They make for perfect gifts too.

Succulent decorating idea #6: Hang overhead

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Give your ceiling a breathtaking look. Suspend a few glass bowls, filled with succulents, to give your home a step-up-in-style look.

Succulent decorating idea #7: Mini garden

Unused teapots and teacups make great holders for succulents. Add a little edge by setting them on a wooden ladder, placed against an empty wall. This is a perfect way to create a mini garden.

Tips to keep them healthy

While they are low maintenance, over watering or under-watering succulents can kill them. However, here are some quick tips to keep your plump succulents happy!

  • Water them instead of spraying.
  • When you water the soil, don’t stop until it is completely soaked.
  • Don’t water your succulents again until the soil runs dry.

Succulents have a thick, dense nature because they retain water …. like cacti. But we aren’t talking just about cacti when we’re talking about succulents. We’re talking about an array of green shades and fun textures that are alive and bring a bout of fresh air to any space of the house. We love using these to sprinkle around the house during the summer months, so let’s take a look at some real-life examples and learn what decorating with succulents is all about.

1. Arranging.

This arrangement of succulents in a box make for quite an artistic piece. And we love how they chose to jazz up the backyard with a beautiful, fresh array of textures, tones and spirits.

2. Hosting.

Hosting a dinner party anytime soon? Add some succulents into the mix for a super unique and refreshing tablescape. We guarantee your guests will be comments all night.

3. Wallflowering.

Use a small succulents as a piece of desk decor. It’s a quiet giant in the decor department as it freshens because it’s alive but creates an interesting, eclectic look no matter where it’s at. It’s certainly a double take accent.

4. Surprising.

Another beautiful box filled with succulents. This beauty can sit in the breakfast nook, on the bookshelf or even in the foyer to welcome guests into the house.

5. Potting.

Take a succulent, pot into something unique like an antique creamer and then set it on the kitchen counter. Use it in a mixture for a centerpiece, whatever the case, this little cutie is certainly adorable.

6. Ledging.

Create a small collage on the window ledge. We love this idea for bay windows or openings in the front of the house. The succulents needs the sun and we adore the different heights and textures this design incorporates.

7. Gardening.

They may not be in the garden but they can certainly help to decorate the back porch area. And all you need to do to take the decor over the top, is to add some pizazz to the clay pots they’re in. The lace is quite charming right?

8. Creating.

Create a terrarium with small succulents inside. This is such a fun project and it’s also a great way to style the coffee table or desk in your home office.

9. Shrinking.

Sometime tiny is the best way to go. Place your succulents into small votives and create a tablescape full of summer romance.

10. Styling.

No matter what succulent you chose or container you design to plant them in, styling is key. And succulents can be used to style anything from the coffee table to the dining room buffet to the mantle to the bar cart!

Succulents are popular for a reason. For the green thumbs amongst us, they’re an easy way to add more foliage to your outdoor areas. Better still, if gardening isn’t your thing, succulents are ultra-low maintenance and perfect for beginners.

There’s a misconception about succulents that they’re impossible to kill – which, we’re sorry to say, is untrue. (Learn more about how to grow and care for your succulents here.)

Succulents thrive in containers (think: pots and planters) which makes them an ideal option for dressing up your balcony, patio or alfresco area. Just make sure that your plants are placed in a position where they’ll take the brunt of the sun for the majority of the day – these sun-loving plants are happiest when drenched in sunshine.

Styling your succulents in 3 steps

So you’ve identified a suitable area for your succulents to thrive – now, it’s time for the fun part: styling your outdoor area. While it’s easy to get carried away, remember that simplicity is key as there is nothing worse than an over cluttered balcony with 50 potted plants taking up every inch of room. Make sure you leave room to move!

1. Choose a stylish pot

Begin by choosing a stylish yet functional pot that works with the tones and existing décor of the area. Northcote Pottery Precinct Lite Maxim Drum Planter offers a great starting point and comes in three sizes, depending on how big your plant is. As with all products by Northcote Pottery, the Precinct Lite Maxim Drum Planter is sturdy yet easy enough to move. This style in particular adds a dash of coastal calm to any courtyard or patio.

2. Create a succulent party

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Better Homes and Gardens gardening expert Melissa King suggests decking out your planter or pot with a combination of succulents and grasses, creating a stylish, low maintenance feature.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1x Northcote Pottery Precinct Lite Maxim Drum Planter 42 x 36cm (pictured above) or similar
1 x Bag of Quality Potting Mix
2x Silver Leafed Cotyledons
1x Blue Chalk Sticks (Senecio)
1x Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’
1x Carex ‘Frosted Curls’

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Plant the Cotyledons and Blue Chalk Sticks towards the back and centre of the container.
Step 2: Frame the succulents on either side with the beautiful Carex ‘Frosted Curls’
Step 3: Plant trailing Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’ towards the front of the pot so it can cascade down the sides.

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The succulent plants are wonderful choices for miniature garden design, making beautiful eco gifts and decorating rooms or outdoor living spaces. Simple and elegant table decorations and centerpieces created with succulents are easy to grow, and they look fabulous, offering versatile accents suitable for any home style.

Lushome collection of creative centerpiece ideas that use succulent plants gives great inspirations for designing Green table decorations and centerpieces for your rooms and outdoor living spaces. These miniature plants are also known as fat plants. They are water-retaining plants that are adapted to arid conditions and delight with their beautiful shapes.

Table decorations and centerpieces with succulents look interesting and elegant. Succulents store water in their leaves, stems and roots, and bring texture and green colors into rooms or outdoor living spaces. They are charming and very decorative. Succulents are great for simple and pretty table decorations and centerpieces to accentuate room decorating or outdoor garden design.

Table decorations and centerpieces with succulents

You can identify these plants by thick leaves or stems where they store water. Succulents have smooth and soft parts, or look like cacti or Aloe Vera. Table decorations and centerpieces with succulents can be created with glass and ceramic bowls, vintage tea cups, vases and wooden boxes.

A small pot with a good drainage hole in the bottom is an excellent container for growing succulents. These plants do not like soggy soil and need specifically for succulents mix that offers good drainage. When succulents gets bigger you can make cuttings of your own and create more table decorations and centerpieces in eco style for all rooms. This will be a great time and money saver for simple and Green home decorating.

Miniature garden design ideas, table decorations and centerpieces with succulents are very attractive, inexpensive and practical. You can continue growing succulents with more small pots or move these plants to larger sized pots or plant several succulents together outdoors. Succulents like water. These plants retain water. It is a good idea to let the soil become dry before watering again.

How to decorate succulent potsRecycling vintage tea cups for home decorations with succulents

Succulents table decorations and centerpieces are great items for holiday decor, special events and everyday home decorations. Succulent plants make wonderful additions to your garden design or patio ideas.

How to decorate succulent potsEco gifts and table decorations, centerpieces with succulents How to decorate succulent potsCreative vertical decorations with succulents

Build a tiered planter that overflows with delightful succulents, adding height and beauty to your garden. This simple DIY tower planter will be a showstopper in any space.

High-fired, high-quality terra-cotta pots wearing weather-resistant stain bring their workhorse qualities—sturdiness, dependability, versatility, reusability—to this vertical garden tower. The equally sturdy and dependable plantings star Chick Charms Sempervivum—new, more colorful varieties of hens-and-chicks—which teams up with trailing succulents to grow into a colorful, textural tapestry.

Terra-cotta bowls work best for this DIY tower garden because they drain well and are wide and shallow—just right for shallow-rooted succulents. The tapered pots used here as pedestals have a contemporary look. You can easily substitute other pots, as long as they come in graduated sizes to achieve the vertical garden tower effect. When selecting pots, stack them into the desired configuration to see if the sizes and shapes work together to create a vertical container gardening masterpiece.

A very well-draining soil mix is key to successfully growing succulents—the ideal tower garden plants. We started with a high-quality potting mix that contains peat moss, humus, perlite, and limestone, then increased the drainability with coarse sand and chicken grit (grit can be purchased at a feed store). Other keys to succulent plants’ survival: direct sun at least three hours a day, afternoon shade to prevent sunburn, and consistent watering to keep the roots barely moist. Succulents rot if overwatered, so don’t water your tower garden every day. We used plastic milk jug caps as hidden pot feet for the medium and small bowls to allow excess water to drain easily from each bowl of the vertical garden tower.

If you are putting the tower garden on a deck, patio, or other hard surface, stack the pedestals and bowls, plant the bowls, then thread the dowel— cut to fit—all the way through the planter. If your tower garden will sit on the ground, find a sunny spot for it, set the largest tapered pot upside down there, then press the dowel through the pot’s drainage hole and into the ground. The dowel will help hold the planter parts in place once they are threaded onto it.

Compared to aeroponic tower gardens, strawberry towers, tomato towers, herb tower gardens, aquaponic vertical gardens, and hydroponic garden towers, this succulent tower planter requires very little maintenance. Once you’ve made your tower garden, it thrives easily on its own! Use these simple steps to create your own gorgeous succulent tower planter.

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Decorating Ideas For Spring: DIY Rustic Succulent Pots

Each year, I do a pretty intense spring cleaning. In fact, I use this comprehensive spring cleaning checklist which I previously shared to the Freebie Finding Mom site. During this period, in addition to de-cluttering and de-griming, I like to do a little re-decorating. In the end, I’m always exhausted, but the house is totally refreshed and that’s a great feeling.

Recently, in preparation for the next round of spring cleaning, I sat down to come up with some decorating ideas for spring. My requirements were as follows:

The decorating ideas for spring had to be frugal. Re-decorating isn’t a must, so I wanted to keep the budget as small as possible. Preferably non-existant but that really does limit the decorating ideas for spring available.

The decorating ideas for spring had to be easy. I’ve said it time and time again: I’m no DIY diva. Sadly, I can not work wonders with a glue gun, so I narrowed my search for decorating ideas for spring to “beginner level” projects.

The decorating ideas for spring had to be fun.

Based on those requirements, here are 3 decorating ideas for spring I love.

Decorating Idea for Spring #1: Salt Dough Leaf Impressions
I love this DIY project for colored salt dough leaf impressions for a couple of reasons. One, you almost certainly have everything you need to pull it off already in your home (or backyard). Meaning this decorating idea for spring is basically free. Two, this is a super easy decorating idea for spring. In fact, I originally put it together for kids, so anyone can pull it off.

Tip: You aren’t limited to leaves with this decorating idea for spring. You could use any plant.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab the kids and head outside to find the perfect greenery for this decorating idea for spring.

Decorating Idea for Spring #2: Display Natural Elements
Here’s another easy and cheap decorating idea for spring. Head to your local thrift shop (or a yard sale) and snag glasses, clear containers, or vases on the cheap. Then display rocks, shells, pine cones or other found items around your home.

Decorating Idea for Spring #3: DIY Rustic Succulent Pots
I think I saved the best decorating idea for spring for last. What’s so great about it is it allows you to bring living pieces of nature into your home. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, this is still a great decorating idea for spring because succulents aren’t difficult to care for. You practically have to try to kill them.

This decorating idea for spring may cost a little more than the other two, but it’s still easy on the budget.

Keep reading for step-by-step instructions on this decorating idea for spring.

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1. Apply a small amount of white paint to the end of the foam paintbrush.

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2. Using a back-and-forth motion, lightly paint both terra-cotta planters white.
Note: Do not apply the paint thickly. You want to still be able to see some of the rust orange color of the planters.

4. Repeat steps 1-3 with the teal paint.

5. Hot glue the end of a piece of twine under the lip of each terra-cotta planter.

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6. Wrap the twine around the planter three times and glue the unsecured end next to the previously glued end.
Note: The top loop of twine should be resting snuggly against the planter’s lip.

7. Cut two 5 inch pieces of twine and tie each into a bow.

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8. Hot glue a bow to the front of each terra-cotta planter on top of the twine.

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9. Plant succulents.

10. Place in your home and enjoy!

Want more decorating ideas for spring and DIY projects? Follow Freebie Finding Mom’s DIY Fun Pinterest board.

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Choosing the correct pot size for your plant can be a complicated task, especially if you are new to succulent care. A pot that is too big or too small can have a major impact on the health of the plant. However, once you understand how pot size affects the plant, you’ll be able to choose the appropriate size with ease.

The only thing you’ll have to worry about is if the container matches your décor!

Succulent Root Systems

Many succulents and cacti have a basic root structure that consists of a central taproot and thinner hair roots sprouting out from the base of the plant. The taproot typically reaches deep into the ground to draw out moisture and anchor the plant. The smaller roots stay closer to the surface to quickly absorb moisture and nutrients near the surface. If your particular plant has this type of root system, keep this structure in mind when choosing the shape and size of the container.

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Why Pot Size is Important

A pot that is too small for a plant can be a detriment to the plant’s health. If the roots become constricted due to the small pot size, the plant may not grow as quickly as it should. It can also limit the size of the succulent at maturity. Smaller pots will also be able to hold less soil. This means fewer nutrients are available for the roots to absorb. These problems also apply to containers with too many plants in them. However, you can use this to your advantage if you plan on creating living walls or picture frames.

While you don’t want a pot that’s too small, you also want to avoid pots that are too large for your plant. It may seem like a brilliant idea to give the plant plenty of space to grow, but ‘overpotting’ can result in an unhealthy or even dead succulent. If the pot is too big, the soil will be able to hold more water for longer periods of time. Over time, the roots will rot due to the excess moisture. With larger pots, it’s especially important to monitor the amount of water and the frequency of watering.

The depth of the pot is also important to the well-being of your succulent. Avoid pots that are too tall or deep because of the amount of soil they contain. As with pots that are too large in diameter, pots that are too tall will retain too much moisture. You want enough room for the taproot to grow, but not so much room that the soil won’t dry out. Succulents and cacti generally prefer shallower containers, which dry out more quickly, resulting in healthier and happier plants.

How to Determine the Correct Pot Size

Many expert gardeners recommend using a pot that is approximately 10% larger in diameter than the plant at its widest point. For example, if your succulent is about 4” across at its widest point, you should look for a pot that is about 4.5”-5” in diameter. This includes both the above and below-ground portions of the plant!

An appropriately sized pot will allow the succulent enough room to grow, without crowding the roots or having too much soil.

Use Caution with Cuttings

When planting succulent cuttings, be sure to use an especially shallow container. Cuttings can be damaged if planted too deeply or given too much moisture. You may find that especially small pots will work best for cuttings.

Multiple Plants in One Pot

When choosing your pot, consider how many plants you plan on keeping in the same container. If you would like to plant a variety of succulents or cacti in the same container, use your best judgment to estimate how much room to allow each plant without crowding.

Most succulents and cacti need a considerable amount of sun, so be sure to allow enough room for each plant to receive enough light without blocking any of the others. You may need to rearrange them to achieve the most functional layout.

If you do choose to plant multiple succulents in the same container, consider the speed at which the plants grow. Although succulents are not known for their quick growth, some varieties do grow slower than others. Take this into account when choosing your pot.

Allow each plant enough space to grow at its own rate. If you notice that some plants are being crowded, consider transplanting them into their own container. However, if you want to limit your plants’ growth, in a living wall, for example, planting them closer together will prevent them from outgrowing your arrangement.

Posted on Published: February 14, 2019

How to decorate succulent pots

Do you love the look of succulents but are not so good at keeping them alive? If so, we have a solution: these adorable and care-free potted felt succulents.

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How to Make Felt Succulent Mini Pots

We can’t get enough of the many types of beautiful succulents. And although some plants do well, such as our DIY succulent planter in a pineapple painted mason jar, unfortunately, others are not so easy to care for. So we decided to create felt succulent mini pots that everyone can enjoy without the stress of keeping them alive. We designed these printable succulent patterns that can be used to make potted plants or other succulent decor accents, such as a succulent spring wreath or a succulent book mark (we’ll be sharing these fun project how-to’s soon) or a pretty girl’s headband.

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The pattern comes with 5 different types of succulents that resemble a mother of pearl, houseleek, hens and chicks, stonecrop, and a zebra plant. You can use all of them or just one in particular. These potted felt succulents would make pretty centerpieces when grouped together or as a gift giving idea for any succulent lover or non-green thumb friend or family member in your life! The package includes a 14 page succulent garden no-sew felt pattern guide as a digital file.

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Materials Needed to Make Felt Succulent Pots:

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  • DIY Felt Succulent Pattern(available for purchase and instant digital download on our Etsy shop)
  • Wool Felt in a mix of succulent colors (we used this beautiful wool felt), 5 sheets of felt at 9”x12” each
  • Fabric Scissors or a Cricut Maker or other Cricut machines (patterns available as an SVG file as well)
  • Hot Glue Gun and clear glue sticks
  • Small Clay Pots, 2 clay pots at 1.25” size and 3 clay pots at 2” size
  • Styrofoam balls, small sized (to fit inside each clay pot)

Instructions for Making Potted Felt Succulents:

Download and print the felt succulent patterns for all 5 types: mother of pearl, houseleek, hens and chicks, stone crop, and zebra plant.

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Select your felt color for each of the 5 different types of succulents. I chose purples and blue shades for hens and chicks and mother of pearl, and then I chose green shades for houseleek, stone crop and zebra plant to make them look as realistic as possible.

Using a pair of fabric scissors, cut out all pieces from one succulent pattern at a time.

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Alternatively, if you have a Cricut, you can upload the SVG file and cut each succulent in half the time! Click here to learn how to upload a SVG file into Cricut Design Space.

Follow the instructions provided in the pattern to assemble each succulent. Once assembled, the succulents are ready for potting. And no soil needed here! We used two different sized clay pots: the larger pots were for hens and chicks, houseleek and mother of pearl. Whereas, the small clay pots were used for stonecrop and the zebra plant.

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Insert one styrofoam ball in to a clay pot and press the top of the styrofoam ball down to create a flat surface. The styrofoam ball should be lower than the top rim of the clay pot.

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Working quickly, add glue to the top and center of the styrofoam ball and press one succulent in place centering it over the pot.

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Repeat with the other succulents if desired to create your own little succulent garden. Enjoy!

And if you’re interested in other felt patterns and ornaments, you can check out our free poinsettia flower pattern as well as our no sew ocean life felt ornament patterns or woodland animal themed felt ornament patterns. You can also make these Tweety felt bookmarks and this felt Easter basket.

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Succulents are in season and this succulent wreath is just the DIY project to make for your front door. We love spring wreaths with flowers like this Flower Wreath with Daffodils.

This succulent wreath with terracotta pots is unique and fun!

For this front door wreath, we picked up the pots at Dollar Tree and grabbed our grapevine wreath on Amazon.

As for the succulents, you can use faux succulents from the Dollar store, or use real ones. That depends on how green your thumb is.

If you think this project is cool, my clay pot racecar garden art will surely impress!

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Succulent Wreath with Terracotta Pots

Let’s not waste any time getting to this fun spring wreath. It’ll take you about 15 minutes or less to make. Not too bad for a DIY wreath!


  • Hot Glue Gun (I used the corded one here, but I really like the battery-operated ones)
  • Hot Glue Sticks


  • 18-inch Grapevine wreath (get one here)
  • 4 (3 pot) sets (Dollar Tree)
  • 3 succulents (faux or real)
  • Reindeer Moss and Regular Moss (any color/texture you like)
  • White Bird (use any bird you’d like) This was kind of a last-minute decision, but I think it looks cute.

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These are the instructions for how to make a succulent wreath.

Dry Fit The Terracotta Pots

Dry fit the terracotta pots by laying them onto the wreath where you’d like them to be.

In this case, I’ve used 10 terracotta pots, spread out incrementally just like in this photo.

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Glue The Pots To The Wreath

Using hot glue, adhere the clay pots to the wreath. I used large strips of glue so there was plenty – making sure it stuck well.

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Press them firmly onto the wreath.

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Succulent Wreath Decoration

Now it’s time to add your succulents and decoration. You can have some with succulents and some with moss. You can even have all succulents and use the moss in and around the wreath for even more decoration.

This is where your creativity comes in!

If you’re not feeling very creative, just do what I did here. I filled some pots with moss and some with succulents.

For the moss, to make it look like it’s growing out of the pot, simply use hot glue on the inside and outside of the pot. Careful you don’t burn your fingers!

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Don’t forget to glue your bird onto one of the pots, or onto the wreath.

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Add Succulents

After you’re done placing moss in some of the pots, add the succulents to the remaining pots.

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Make sure to add some moss around the fake succulents to make them look more interesting!

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There you have it, a beautiful succulent wreath with terracotta clay pots, moss, and even a little chirp-chirp bird decoration!

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It’s about time to get started and hang this wreath on your front door, don’t you think!

Spruce up your front of house or mantel with a festive, alpine-filled succulent wreath design. A lovely living DIY wreath alternative.

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If you’re looking for an alternative to the foraged Christmas wreath, swap your spruce and learn how to make a succulent wreath to bring a new festive tradition into your household this year.

Living wreaths are pretty stunning and sure to be a talking point for any guests. What’s more, if you prep and care for your succulent wreath properly, yours could last for up to six glorious weeks. Whether yours will act as a centerpiece for the Christmas table, your mantel or if you’ll be hanging your DIY Christmas wreath at the front of your house for all to see, it’s sure to bring character and interest to your seasonal display.

How to make a succulent wreath: 5 steps

How many succulents you use comes down to personal preference mostly, for this DIY we’ve used twelve. Sandra from Flying Flowers notes, ‘Succulents come in all shapes and sizes so the number needed is dependent on the style you’re going for. For an outdoor wreath only use hardy succulents many varieties will not withstand frost or cold. Your local florist or garden centre will be able to help you choose. Fill in any gaps between each plant with a little green moss to finish off your wreath.’ However big or small you go with your design, it’s sure to look great solo or when paired with a homemade Christmas wreath using foliage and the like for a more traditional look.

You will need:

  • 12 plants – if you are going to be keeping your wreath indoors, perhaps next to a DIY advent calendar, then choose a selection of succulents and for outdoor wreaths use some hardy alpine plants like Sedum or Sempervivum.
  • Moss
  • Oasis ring
  • Florist wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Pins

1. Prepare the moss and ring

Starts by soaking the moss in water which will make it easier to work with and then cover the oasis ring with it completely. Pressing gently to help secure it.

2. Add your succulents

Remove your plants from their pots and start placing these one by one into the oasis ring, securing with pins as you go. Try alternating the types of plants for maximum visual impact.

3. Secure everything

Add a few extra pins to secure your moss around the succulents or alpines, making sure you’ve pushed these firmly into the moss, soil and foam so everything stays in place. To make your wreath extra secure, wrap florist’s wire around it to reduce any movement.

4. Add any final touches

Add some finishing touches to fill any gaps – pine cones or red berries are great for adding a festive touch. Have a think about where you’ll hang your wreath and go from there.

5. Care for your succulent wreath

If you’ve opted for an indoor wreath using succulents, make sure it looks its best by watering it once a week. You can do this by soaking your oasis ring in water and using a misting spray if required. For outdoor alpines, depending on position, mist if and when required to keep plants looking fresh.

How long will a succulent wreath last?

Sandra comments, ‘If you prep your wreath correctly and allow the wreath to rest for at least 6 weeks so that the roots can anchor into the wreath frame, you should be able to get at least one year of life out of your beautiful design. If you don’t have the patience to wait 6 weeks for the roots to establish, secure each succulent with some florist wire.’

‘However, with the right care, some can get between 2-5 years of life from their wreath if properly maintained.’

How long will a succulent wreath stay fresh?

‘As mentioned before, you should get at least a year out of your wreath. However, the succulents will be live within your wreath and continue to grow. Once they become overgrown it’s important to prune your wreath by cutting the excess. The cuttings and new plants that spring from them can be used to plant a new wreath frame.’

‘Enhance your wreath’s freshness by watering once a week, in winter only once a month. To do this, place the entire wreath in about an inch of water and leave to soak for 10 minutes. After that time allow it to drain before you re-hang it. This will keep your wreath fresher for longer.’

Rachel joined the Period Living team six years ago after freelancing on a range of titles covering everything from homes and gardens, history and arts to wildlife. As the magazines Content Editor, she still gets to enjoy all of these things handily packaged together (one way or another) in the pages of Period Living. She loves her Victorian home, but is wrestling with making its cracks, quirks and draughty bits work for a family home.

This post shares all about how to plant succulents in pots without drainage holes. If you’re wondering, do succulents need drainage? The answer is yes—but that doesn’t mean you can’t plant them in pots without drainage holes. Here’s how to plant and water them.

How to Plant Succulents in Pots Without Drainage Holes

In my post about taking care of succulents indoors, I outlined one key succulent care tip: Drainage is critical for maintaining healthy succulents. Succulents haaaate being overwatered—it can lead to rot or pest infestations. Yuck.

So why am I writing a post about how to plant succulents in pots without drainage holes? Well, because you asked. You didn’t ask me, specifically. But while I was doing some research for another post, I noticed that a lot of people have this question. And the confusion isn’t surprising—succulent care guides say that pots with good drainage are the best choice.

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But a lot of pots don’t have drainage holes in them. Especially things you’re repurposing into planters or really cute tiny pots that are perfect for succulent babies! So let’s talk about planting succulents in pots without holes.

Do Succulent Pots Need Drainage?

I’ll just lay it out there and say something controversial: succulent pots do not need drainage. Sure, in a perfect world, all of our pots would be beautiful and have hidden drainage holes that ensured we were never over-watering our plants. But, especially if you like making DIY planters out of upcycled things, drainage holes might not always be an option.

But never fear! There is a solution. You’ll notice above that I said drainage holes help to ensure we never over-water our plants. So, if you want to plant a succulent in a pot without drainage holes, your best bet is to…avoid over-watering!

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How to Plant Succulents in Pots Without Holes

I like to call it “building in” drainage. To do this, I simple lay a layer of pebbles, rocks, or perlite in the bottom of a pot. My choice depends on what the pot is—if it’s a big pot, I might use rocks. If it’s a small pot, maybe pebbles. And if the pot is hanging, perlite is a great choice because it’s very lightweight.

I try to never overwater my succulents. However, if I get a bit overzealous with the watering, I know that the water will drain down into the “built in” drainage—the perlite.

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The size of the layer depends on the size of the pot. If it’s a very big pot, I do a thicker layer. I don’t have many very large succulents (not counting my snake plant). Here’s an example of a medium-sized pot. I put about 2 inches of perlite in the bottom of this.

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Also remember to always use a well-draining potting soil no matter what type of plant pot you choose. A well-draining potting soil can be made of a lot of different things, but here’s a quick and easy DIY succulent soil recipe that uses soil, perlite, and sand.

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How to Water Succulents Without Drainage

I’m no expert. I just have a million thriving succulents in my life. So take of this what you will. It stands to reason that if a pot doesn’t have an area for extra water to escape, you should avoid giving the plant more water than it needs. This can be a bit tricky because, while the top of the soil might be dry, the bottom of the soil might not be. And that’s probably where the roots are…and those roots don’t want to sit in want.

Luckily, succulents are drought-tolerant plants and are very patient with watering. They would far prefer to be under-watered than over-watered. Succulents store water in their leaves, which is why the leaves begin looking sad, wrinkly, and a bit shriveled up when the plant is thirsty. They plant has gone beyond using the water in the soil to using up its emergency supply. Not good.

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To water succulents in pots without drainage, I get on a watering schedule based on the time of year. From late-March/April through October, I give my indoor succulents a drink once per week. I err on the side of underwatering. But to be honest, I know how much each plant needs now. You just get a feel for how much water you need to give them as they grow.

During November through early March, I water them sparingly—once every few weeks. They aren’t actively growing during this time, so my goal is to just keep them going until spring. No matter what time of year it is, you want to make sure the top few inches of the soil dries out before watering again.

If it’s a smaller pot, you’ll likely be able to tell much easier if the plant is getting too dry. (Ever noticed the soil getting hard and curling away from the sides of the pot? Yep, a bit too dry.)

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Can I plant a succulent outside in a pot without drainage?

No! Don’t do this please. Since a big part of planting succulents in pots without drainage holes is monitoring its water intake, putting pots without drainage outdoors is a bad idea. (Unless it’s in a covered area.) You can’t control the rain, and a bad rainstorm could easily overwhelm your plant if the water has nowhere to go.

Your soil will also likely dry out faster outdoors in the heat and sun. For succulents outdoors, I highly recommend a pot with drainage and a well-draining potting soil. Water often, sometimes daily if it’s extremely hot and dry. The excess will drain out, and the soil will retain the rest.

Succulents and sunlight

  1. Succulents need to get enough sunlight. While there are certain types of succulents that don’t require too much light, most of them need at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.
  2. If you will be keeping your succulents indoors it is important to ensure they are kept in a sunny spot such as a windowsill for at least a few hours per day.
  3. Some succulents may not respond well to direct sunlight and may start to burn a little. These succulents may need to be placed behind a curtain for a bit of shade or be given a limited amount of sunlight.
  4. It is important to also rotate your succulents so that it receives an even amount of sunlight on all sides.

Succulents and water

Succulents are considered water-wise plants. This means they require a minimal amount of water to survive.

  1. Succulents need to be watered about once every week, however this depends on the season and the amount of sunlight your succulent gets.
  2. You can test when your succulent needs to be watered by feeling the soil. If the top of the soil is dry you can add water until the water runs out through the drainage holes. It is important to only re-water again when the soil is dry as over-watering can cause your succulent to rot and die.
  3. If you are using a pot that does not have drainage holes it is important not to over-water. Succulents in these pots will require alot less water and less frequently. You can add a layer of small pebbles to the bottom of your pot to allow excess water to drain from the soil. You can also add perlite to your soil for extra drainage or a layer of activated charcoal to absorb excess water.

Additional Care

  1. Succulents can sometimes attract certain types of bugs such as mealybugs. You can use aphid sprays or neem oil to get rid of bugs.
  2. Although not necessary, some people do like to provide their succulents with liquid fertilizers to help them grow strong such as fish emulsion or sea weed fertilizers.