Keeping plants at home has always reminded me of how important it is to protect and care for the environment. They bring life into my city home and create an environment that connects the indoors with the outdoors. While I do have considerable number of plants, a majority of these plants are low maintenance and require very little watering.
In honor of Earth Day, I'm creating an easy DIY succulent centerpiece that I will also be using as a Mother's Day gift for my mom and my sister. Succulents only need to be watered every few weeks and are a great way to enjoy plants at home while conserving water at the same time.
This is an easy and customizable DIY that anyone can make for their home or to give as a gift. Read on to learn how to make this project in a few easy steps!
What You'll NEed
1) A wide mouth bowl or planter.
I picked a set of two planters from Wayfair and this was a great deal for the pair. I recommend picking a planter that's roughly 6" - 15" wide at the opening. The planter above is roughly 8" wide. I've linked to a few other favorite planters below, but Wayfair has endless amazing options to choose from. Wayfair is always a go-to source for me when it comes to sourcing affordable and high quality planters.
For this DIY project, you have the option of using a traditional planter with drainage holes or alternatively, finding a bowl that suits your needs. It’s important to note that the two planters that I chose do not have drainage, therefore we’ll be using small rocks and pebbles to help drain the soil.
2) Cactus soil
I bought cactus soil at my local nursery, but a lot of big and small hardware stores should carry it as well.
I purchased 10 pound bag for about $10 at my local nursery. Many nurseries may also sell you smaller bags of pebbles for $2-3 each. A few handfuls of pebbles will do the trick.
Pick 1-2 large succulents to anchor your arrangement. The number smaller succulents that you'll need depends on how big your container is. I used eight small succulents in total. You can find succulents so many places! The best deal that I've found on succulents is at a green market near my office, but you can buy them in nurseries and many hardware stores as well.
The key to picking succulents for an arrangement like this is to keep your color choices to no more than three shades. I chose warm green tones, cool greens, and one rose-colored succulent to add a little pop.
Cover your work surface and add pebbles to the planter
Plants and dirt can be messy, so if you're inside I recommend protecting your workspace. I layered a garbage bag and packing paper on my table to help prevent damage to the wood. Once your workspace is covered, pour enough pebbles into your planter to line the bottom in a single layer.
Once the bottom of the planter is covered add a few inches of soil as the next layer (see below). Kind of like layering a dip...just don't eat this one!
Add a layer of cactus soil and arrange your succulents roughly how you want them in the planter.
Once your succulents are arranged, you're ready to start! There is no "right" way to do this. Any organic arrangement will look great.
Continue adding smaller succulents around the large center one. Be very gentle when breaking up the soil.
Remove the large succulent from its container, gently break up the roots and add it to your planter.
Add the rest of your mini succulents and fill your planter. I like the look of a dense arrangement, but you can space them out as you like.
Fill in the gaps around your placed succulents with extra soil. Whenever you replant or repot plants always give them some water, which helps them settle in the new container. For ongoing care, give this arrangement lots of sun and a little water roughly every two weeks.
That's it! You're done.
Please let me know if you end up trying this project. I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments and if you've ever tried something similar!