6 Unique Succulent Planter Ideas

I used to be one of those people who killed any kind of plant that came into the house. A couple years ago, my friends made me a wooden succulent planter with 4 different (and adorable!) succulents for my birthday. Within a few months, 3 of them were dead and the 4th was hanging on for dear life. Sorry guys 🙁

It was the same with some herbs that my mom had potted for me. Those guys only lasted a few weeks - and they got to be on the balcony. Actually, that may have been why I forgot to water them. Out of sight, out of mind.

Flash forward to now, and I’m happy to say that I’ve developed quite the green thumb and absolutely LOVE having some plants around the house. Our snake plant for one, purifies the air, adds an amazing pop of green, and is also really tall, so it creates some visual interest and helps to break up the long wall in our living room. It’s also just SO pretty. I love looking at it!

The snake plant is complemented by a number of little succulent and cactus friends that I’ve also started collecting. More are coming very soon, but don’t tell Nick 😉

When I bought the first 3, I was going to make planters out of clay, but that went horribly wrong. However, it forced me to get creative and use vessels that I already had around the house to pot my succulents. As a bonus, I was able to re use a lot of jars and containers instead of having to recycle them! I also love the look of planting something green in a container that isn’t a pot because it makes for a really interesting display!

For each succulent planter, I made sure that I put some stones at the bottom to allow for drainage!

6 Unique Succulent Planter Ideas

  1. The Vase
    I have a couple of vases around the house that I didn’t really use that much anymore, so I thought that this shallow, round one would be perfect for a larger green succulent that I had. This vase actually worked out perfectly, because the succulent is so wide that it wouldn’t really look right in anything else. I also kind of love how you can see the dirt through the glass. DIY Succulent Planter Idea DIY Succulent Planter Idea
  2. The Candle Jar
    I know, I know, I talk about reusing candle jars like it’s my day job. But it’s honestly such a good idea you guys! A lot of candle jars have such nice packaging or designs that it’s a shame to throw them away after the candle is gone. So in addition to using them as bathroom storage, I also use them as planters! A favourite of mine is this Jo Malone candle jar (also thrifted from Tash) that now houses this zebra succulent.
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  3. The Antique Silver
    My friends and I had been out shopping and saw lavender planted in thes adorable antique silver sugar bowls. They were adorable and a really great way to re use old or obsolete objects. Since I loved them so much, Tash found one for me at a thrift store and I finally put it to good use by planting one of my little succulents in it. I love how well this succulent fits in the sugar bowl - it’s like they were made for each other! DIY Succulent Planter Idea DIY Succulent Planter Idea
  4. The Spice Tin
    I was lucky enough that Tash gave me this beautiful jar of lavender. After I had used the contents of the tin, I didn’t want to throw it out because the packaging was so nice. Lucky for me, I had just bought a tiny little cactus that fit perfectly in the small circular opening. You could use an old tin of tea in the same way as well!DIY Succulent Planter Idea
  5. The Wooden Box
    This is the succulent planter that was a gift from Ben and Tash. I loved it when I first got it, and like that the planter is longer in length. The succulents that they put in it were also amazing and really unique. This set up would be great as a small center piece for a dinner table, or even as an everyday piece for an island or desk! The succulents that were originally in it have all but died, so I’m looking forward to filling it up again 😉 Also, enjoy the little fluff ball that was Sev as a kitten!DIY Succulent Planter Idea
  6. The Faux Concrete Planter
    This mini succulent planter tutorial came about after I was inspired by seeing planters that were made by wrapping clay around another object. When I had tried making my clay planters, I was just doing it free hand, so the clay was falling everywhere and I couldn’t get a good shape. However, by wrapping clay around a plain planter (or in my case a candle jar) I could create the look I wanted in a much easier way. When I was rolling out my clay, I found that the underside looked like concrete when I flipped it over. I liked the look so all I did was wrap it around the candle jar, and measured how tall I wanted it. In order to make more cracks, I applied a small amount of pressure to pull the clay apart and crack it more. I then smoothed the seam at the back. Make sure that you overlap the seam quite a bit and make the clay a bit taller than you want, because it will shrink. This was so easy to do, and looks much nicer than the candle jar it was originally in.DIY Succulent Planter Idea DIY Succulent Planter Idea DIY Succulent Planter Idea

Overall, I’m so happy with all the greenery that we now have in our apartment! I also love that I was able to find uses for my old jars and tins, instead of having to throw them out. They add a more unique and personal twist to our succulents and cacti 🙂

Let me know what succulent planter you like best, and feel free to share your DIY succulent planter ideas too!


xo, tess.


40 responses to “6 Unique Succulent Planter Ideas”

  1. I got my first succulent for my birthday. I love your planter ideas. Very unique!

  2. This is a fabulous post, girl! I definitely have to do some of these ASAP.

  3. All great ideas! Will have to forward onto my friend who has a black thumb rather than a green one!

    Sophie | MapleTreeBlog

  4. I love how easy it is to grow succulents. When we moved to a new house, we forgot them for a while and now they are flowering and blooming every morning. How rewarding!

  5. Dave says:

    All of your examples look great. My favourite was the glass vase that also shows off the beautiful soil.

  6. Iman says:

    I am in love! I love the look it is so simple and clean.

  7. This is so perfect! I’ve been planning on putting more succulents in my apartment for half a year now! This post provided some much needed inspiration. Looks great! Thanks!

  8. Celeste says:

    I love succulents, and I love the vase idea. It looks so classy too!

  9. Christy says:

    I have been wanting to start a small succulent garden! I LOVE some of these ideas!

  10. Amy Scott says:

    I’ve got a post about planting them scheduled, HOW CUTE are they?! I adore the lavender tin - my fav! Pinning!

    • Tess says:

      Thank you so much Amy! They are actually the cutest! I have a cactus that’s growing another little branch and I check on it every day #plantladyisthenewcatlady

  11. Bev says:

    Loved reading this post. I have a knack for killing plants and have actually been looking into getting a few succulents. I love the silver jar planter. I have a similar jar that has been laying around my house for a few years now. Definitely have found a new use for it.


    • Tess says:

      Thanks so much Beverly! I did too, but the succulents are so easy! So glad you’ve been able to find a use for your jar, I love that about DIY-ing something 🙂

  12. aiman says:

    I’m really into planting A LOT lately. Your plants look sooo lovely! And amazing ideas I’m gonna try reusing stuff in my own house for planting from now on!

  13. Brittany says:

    I love the antique silver idea! I think this calls for an Op shopping adventure 🙂

  14. Allison says:

    I still haven’t mastered the whole “keeping plants alive” thing, no matter how hard I try! Your planters are darling, I’ll definitely need to steal one of those ideas for my next attempt.

  15. The succulent in the trophy is so cute! I love all of these ideas!

  16. madi says:

    great ideas, love the spice tin!

  17. kage2015 says:

    Great container ideas. Some I would never have thought of.

  18. I’ve always wanted to add some succulent decor to my home, and these ideas are all really cute! I’ve also thought about doing a teacup planter (cause I’m the girliest). Thanks for sharing your inspo!

  19. Ashley says:

    Great ideas and I love your photos.

  20. I’ve been thinking about doing some sort of succulent garden. These are some great ideas I can incorporate. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Samantha says:

    I love the vase! I saw some succulents at the store the other day and I almost put them in the cart. Now I’m wishing I had! Maybe I’ll go back for them, because these are gorgeous! Thanks for the ideas!

    • Tess says:

      Thank you Samantha 🙂 Haha I’ve had the same debate with myself over succulents. Glad I could help inspire you 🙂

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