Three Easy Succulent Garden Ideas

May 2, 2013 | by Jocie (email) |

3 Succulent Garden Ideas - OPC The Better Half

I guess I’ve gone a bit crazy with succulent garden ideas since Home Depot asked me to participate in their Pinterest Inspired Succulent Garden DIH workshop! On Tuesday, you may have seen my fabulous succulent terrarium I made using poplar wood and a mason jar. I had some succulents left over and just couldn’t stop myself, so I made three more easy succulent gardens that each only took 5 minutes or less to make! Let me know which is your favorite. ๐Ÿ™‚

Birdcage Succulent Garden

I had this idea in the back of my mind for a while now and was SUPER excited to make a succulent garden inside a birdcage! It is so cute and really my kinda garden.

I found this fab birdcage at Michael’s for $10 (it was 50%) and I love it! They had bunches of other birdcages, but this was the biggest white cage they had. I would have preferred it to be larger, but I didn’t wan to spend the money or put in the time to paint a larger one.

Birdcage - OPC The Better Half

Once home from Michael’s, I grabbed some white card stock and cut it to the size of the bottom of the birdcage. The bottom was all wire, so I was worried that rocks would fall through.

Cardstock base - OPC The Better Half

Then, I put rocks around the edges of the bottom of the birdcage and placed a plastic planter liner in the bottom. I used a rounded liner but a flat liner would have been better.

Rocks and Liner - OPC The Better Half

I then added a little bit of loose soil. Succulents need very little water, so the soil needs to be loose so that the water can drain. This is why I love succulent gardens – so hardy and low maintenance!

Soil - OPC The Better Half

Finally, I added the succulents, plus two cacti and small aloe plant to give a little variation and color. I kept the cacti in their containers because they were so heavy and kept tipping over.

Birdcage Succulent Garden - OPC The Better Half

And now she sits on my window seat as my very first indoor plants that have lived past two weeks! woo hoo!

Birdcage Succulent Garden - OPC The Better Half

Chalkboard Succulent Planter

Who doesn’t love a good chalkboard project? I sure love ’em!

When buying way too many succulents, I purchased a planter filled with them because it was cheaper than buying them individually. I didn’t love the planter and didn’t need it, but bought it anyway. So I had the ceramic bowl planter left over, plus a few succulents, but the bright pink bowl didn’t really match the decor of my dining room.

Blue Painter's tape on Ceramic Bowl - OPC The Better Half

I grabbed some leftover chalkboard spray paint and blue painter’s tape and got to work taping off the top ring of the bowl. Then, I took it outside and did some spraying. This impulsive girl was fortunate enough to have a mild, sunny day. yay!

Chalkboard Paint - OPC The Better Half

I added a little chalk art, put the plants back in, and DONE! Easiest plant ever!

Chalkboard Succulent Planter - OPC The Better Half

Easy Succulent Gardens - OPC The Better Half

Burlap and Rope Planter

Again, I had a left over red ceramic planter and an extra aloe plant, but the red just wasn’t my style. So I rummaged through my craft stash (aka hoard) and pulled out some burlap ribbon and rope.

Not too much to tell – I just wrapped the burlap and rope around the planter and used hot glue to hold it in place. This didn’t even take 5 minutes!

Burlap and Rope Planter - OPC The Better Half

And now all together!

Easy Succulent gardens in 5 minutes or less - OPC The Better Half

Okay, one more of the birdcage because I love it so much. ๐Ÿ™‚

Birdcage Planter - OPC The Better Half

And in case you missed my succulent terrarium in a mason jar aka succulent garden wall hanging (as this non-gardener would say).

Succulent Terrarium in Mason Jar - OPC The Better Half

Oh, and don’t forget to join me and The Home Depot for a Twitter Party tonight at 8pm EST #DIHworkshop.

What do you think? What tips do you have for easy planters?
Thanks so much for sharing in my recent love of succulent gardens,

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18 Responses
  1. I love the birdhouse! So cute.

  2. I love me some succulents!! Pinning this one for sure!

  3. paintergal says:

    OK. That one with the burlap ribbon got my mind swirling with ideas on what I could do with a succulent for our son’s wedding. (Mason jars, burlap, lace are the decor items of choice). I can tell I’ve been immersed in this for too long! No, really, it’s so fun. Thanks for another great idea!

  4. Mary Sue Paulis says:

    Some great ideas for my patio and porch! Love the variety of containers and sizes!

  5. More great ideas, Jocie. They all look wonderful, but I’m in love with the bird cage. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Love them Jocie! I need to get some new succulents this spring…I brought mine in for the winter last year and they got very leggy indoors (hens and chicks)

  7. Angie @ CCC says:

    You are feeding my succulent addiction!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Jocie – I am so obsessed with succulents lately … LOVE this post! Pinned and now I just need a baseball-free weekend so I can make these pretty little gardens!

  9. I love the little terrarium in the mason jar. I could hang those everywhere.

  10. JustME says:

    Oh I love these Jocie! I even have a cage almost just like this. The clear container you used looks like the bottom of a 2 liter pop bottle. I think that’s what I’ll use when I make mine. I should fit perfectly in my birdcage because it’s not much better than that. Thanks so much for another great idea!

  11. poiboybf says:

    They look great! Now you have inspired me. Of course, with 105 minutes I probably still couldn’t do what you did in 5.

  12. OurPinterestingFamily says:

    So many great ideas, Jocie! I really like the burlap one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Jacque says:

    I love how you used the bird cage! Im stealing this!

  14. debbiedoos says:

    These are adorable…and I love succulents. they don’t die easily!

  15. naomipsalm77 says:

    The birdhouse is my favorite! Whoever said you weren’t a gardener!!!!? You’re amazing!

  16. naomipsalm77 says:

    I can’t wait for your workshop! My $6 yardsale bird house will be the perfect way to keep my cats from destroying the plants! They keep eating my other indoor plant and then, well…. getting sick :O(

  17. katieQ says:

    I love the bird cage planter. That’s one I have to try.

  18. JaneEllen says:

    Since I’m a birdcage nut that’s the succulent project I was interested in. Also liked the terrarium jar. I’m not good with plants at all. All I’ve been able to grow/stay alive are some hens and chicks succulents here in western CO. Very dry here so they do well
    I’d love to make the little garden in the bird cage, will get myself the one used in this project, love it. I have several of the wire bird cages from Michaels, can’t seem to get enuf of them in every style they have. I wait for them to be at least 40% off but 50 is much better or more. Have also purchased couple at HL no sale.
    Loved all your projects, glad I clicked on this post. Happy Easter

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