Mini Succulent Planters

Today’s post is brought to you by moms everywhere who are desperate to keep their children entertained and their house from looking like a war zone all summer long…

gorgeous copper and silver planters! mini succulent planters in cups and bowls | maisondepax.com

I jest.

Sort of. 😉

perfect summertime kid's activity! mini succulent planters in cups and bowls | maisondepax.com

No really, today is a super simple and fun summer project for you and/or your kids.  And I’m thrilled to be sharing this as a part of the DIY Summer Celebration.  If you’re here visiting from one of the other blogs taking part, welcome!

perfect summertime kid's activity! mini succulent planters in cups and bowls | maisondepax.com

Now let me be clear: I am not a gardener.

But if there are two pieces of advice I could give anyone (especially those who don’t feel particularly plant confident), it would be this:

  1. Use fun containers (it can distract from a less than healthy plant 😉 ).
  2. Buy a jade plant.

Seriously, my mother took some clippings from my grandmother’s jade plant decades ago, and she now has 4-5 big pots full.  6 months ago, I took a clipping from her, and I now have 3 smaller pots full.  Each time I kill another plant (gulp), I just clip a piece of jade and stick it in the pot.  No more empty pots revealing my black thumb.

gorgeous copper and silver planters! mini succulent planters in cups and bowls | maisondepax.com

Like other succulents, jade grows roots and holds, even from a clipping.  And it seems particularly happy indoors OR outdoors… Seriously, it’s my favorite.  Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled tutorial:

perfect summertime kid's activity! mini succulent planters in cups and bowls | maisondepax.com

  • find some fun containers (I used two copper mule mugs and a broken silver sugar bowl)
  • give your kids some dirt and plastic spoons and have them fill the containers most of the way
  • clip some pieces of jade
  • make sure you clear enough stem to stick down in the dirt (use the handle of the spoon to make a little hole for the stem)
  • finish off with a little more dirt and enjoy!

Note: since these containers do not have drainage holes, be careful not to overwater.  Just use a spray bottle and lightly mist the plant every few days instead.

gorgeous copper and silver planters! mini succulent planters in cups and bowls | maisondepax.com

Want to try this project but don’t have the products on hand?  Get all the materials online:

Or scrounge your cupboards, dig in your yard, and run to your local garden center.  Either way, have fun!  And don’t forget to visit all the other gals sharing their Summer DIYs.

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What other fun containers could you use?

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Don’t forget to visit all the other inspirational summer projects this week!

Monday, June 1 Collage

1. Making Home Base 2. House By Hoff 3. Life on Virgina Street

4. Everyday Enchanting 5. The Happy Housie 6. Tell Love and Chocolate

Tuesday, June 2 Collage1. Rain on A Tin Roof 2. The Blissful Bee 3. The Turquoise Home
4. Just A Girl and Her Blog 5. View From The Fridge 6. making it in the mountains

Wednesday, June 3 Collage

1. Bless’er House 2. Delineate Your Dwelling 3. Maison de Pax

4.Up to Date Interiors 5. The Wood Grain Cottage 6. Migonis Home

You can join us in the summer celebration by using the hashtag #summercelebration on Instagram!

Happy Summer!

MORE FUN SUMMER DIY IDEAS:

Paint Washed Terra Cotta Pots

Create your own aged patina on terra cotta pots with this simple tutorial at maisondepax.com

Monogram Chalk Slate

Perfect gift or party favor, these little chalkboards are so precious! Get the tutorial at maisondepax.com

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Comments

  1. These are beautiful! I’m always impressed with how well succulents grow – particularly jade plants. This is embarrassing but we brought two of our succulent planters with us when we moved. My husband left them in the car for an entire month and they still look amazing! So if that’s not a testament to how well they survive I don’t know what is 😉 Happy summer!

  2. I do believe my home needs some greenary now…and copper cups, because those are amazing! Love this tutorial!

  3. I just love planting succulents planted in something unexpected! These copper mugs are perfect! Great summer project, Rachel!

  4. these are so pretty! i LOVE the copper mugs, they’re beautiful :).

  5. These are so cute Rachel:) I’ve seen this done in a couple different ways, but I think these are much cuter! My sister-in-law bought me a copper container from Southern Home Living, and I think I’m going to use that! Hope all is well with packing:D

  6. The containers you used are so pretty. My kids would love help me pot some succulents!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you, Kathy! Anything the kids can help with that turns out pretty is a win in my book. 😉

  7. Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com says:

    These are soo pretty, Rachel! And love the copper pots! :) I will have to look at the store for a jade plant… I always have such good intentions and midway through summer I start forgetting to water! Hope youre having a great week, friend!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thanks, Kendra! I’m pretty bad about watering plants, too, but I’m telling you… The jade is so forgiving!! :)

  8. Just love the copper planters, such a warm and vibrant material. Need some greenery in my office, thanks for sharing.

  9. Love these simple succulent planters! My copper mugs are always full of Moscow Mules but if they weren’t, I would definitely do succulents!! Pinned this wonderful idea.

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Hehe… I keep saying I’m going to make some, but it doesn’t seem to happen. I guess I’ll just have to buy another set now. 😉 Thanks so much, Amy! xx

  10. These are absolutely gorgeous Rachel, as is your photography as always!! Pinned a couple of times and sharing on my FB page this week:) Hope you enjoy a lovely weekend, friend (though I am sure it is full of packing?!?).

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you so much, Krista!! I haven’t done NEARLY as much packing as I ought… but it will happen one way or another. 😉 xx

  11. Copper is so beautiful and what a great way to display them. I have been wanting to try succulents, so this is what I will do! Thanks!

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