Succulent Planter Crafts

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November 26, 2011

This is a novel idea for a succulent plant. It is made with a thick book and succulent plants. Succulents take very little moisture. They are great for arid places or inside in the winter with the dry heat. They are like a cactus. They take moderate light and are exceptionally easy to grow. Thick book laid open, center of pages cut out filled with dirt and some succulent plants.


Approximate Time: A couple of hours




This does take some time, but I like the results. Find an old book that you no longer want.

  1. Mark on the beginning page a margin around it so you will know where to cut. I left a 1-1/2 inch margin. This will vary depending on how large the book is. Mine is 6-1/4 inches by 9-1/4 inches and 2-1/2 inches deep.
  2. Then, using a straight edge and a box cutter, I started cutting through as many pages at a time as I could do. When you are almost through to the end, tie a ribbon or hemp around the pages to hold them together.
  3. Line the planting cavity with either parchment paper or some type of plastic wrap.
  4. Add potting soil for succulents.
  5. Plant succulents.

By Elaine from Belle Plaine, IA

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I heard about this idea a couple of years ago but never investigated it so actually seeing one for the first time here really impresses me! It's adorable and oh so recycle green! You should make oodles of these and sell them, Elaine! The planters are called Honbachi (book pot). Turns out there's a company in Tokyo that even uses them as Bonzai planters and they are quite popular.


I don't have any books readily available that I would want to do this to but am due for a trip to the Goodwill soon and will find an approriate one to use from there. ;-)

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June 17, 2018

The school year is coming to an end. This is a nice gift for a teacher, neighbor, co-worker, friend, or anyone special. It is homemade and inexpensive.

Succulent Planter Gift - finished planter

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March 3, 2018

This trendy and modern succulent art piece can be hung up (saves space) or displayed as a centerpiece on a table, coffee stand, end table, or desk.

Succulent Planter and DIY Wood Stain - closeup of succulent planting

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January 18, 2019

If you have a succulent garden, you know they are easy to grow (can even be grown from cuttings), require minimal attention and beautiful. Succulents make great gifts, adds a nice little green touch for in the home or office, desk.

Succulent Planters - hand holding the red planter

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March 18, 2020

If you have access to pine cones and succulents, combine them to make these pretty decorations. A succulent needs little water so can survive a long time with occasional misting.

Living Succulent Pine Cone Decor - sitting version

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March 13, 2020

Add a small succulent cutting to your homemade gift tag for a dual gift. See how in the project below.

Succulent Gift Tag - closeup of succulent arrangement

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March 2, 2020

This kid friendly succulent terrarium incorporates your child's rock and shell collection into the planting. Add some colorful plastic beads too. Check out the full project below.

Kid Friendly Succulent Terrarium - glass terrarium with beads added

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February 19, 2020

A vine style wreath form can be "planted" with succulent cuttings to create a pretty living wreath for your front door or garden. Read on for the instructions, supplies, and some helpful photos so that you can successfully complete this project.

Succulent Wreath - filling in the spaces

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January 16, 2020

Give your wedding guests a living favor gift. Learn how to make these "Let Love Grow" wedding favors, using painted plastic pots and succulent cuttings.

Let Love Grow Wedding Favor Gift - finished favor

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November 19, 2019

Recycled food jars, decorative rocks, TP tubes, soil, and succulent cuttings are the main items needed to make living centerpieces for a wedding.

Succulent Jar Centerpiece - finished jar, filled with white rocks, rosette type succulents in different colors, and tied with a white and green patterned ribbon

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September 23, 2019

Those foam pumpkins that you see at the craft stores can be turned into adorable succulent planters. These are easy to make and would be perfect centerpieces for a holiday party.

Succulent Pumpkin Planter - having added soil begin to plant cuttings

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June 14, 2019

This DIY planter is an envelop style made from chicken wire and lined with moss. It looks quite nice hanging on your fence or elsewhere in your garden.


Learn how to make your own by following the steps and their accompanying photos on this page.

DIY Hanging Envelope Planter - planter hanging on the fence in the yard

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February 24, 2019

You can remove the hair from a troll doll, fill the head with compost, and plant some small succulent cuttings. This project is about making a succulent troll planter.

A troll toy with a succulent growing out of the head.

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