DIY Succulent Planters


two black urns filled with a variety of succulents | Maison de Pax

Given the scorching afternoon summer sun that my front porch receives, I’ve burned quite a few plants (and even melted a few wreaths) in the summer months… so I’m excited about having beautiful planters than can withstand the heat. And these easy, inexpensive diy succulent pots make the perfect front porch urns.

two black planters with a succulent mix and overlay: diy succulent container gardens | Maison de Pax
off white front porch with wood door and black succulent planters | Maison de Pax
wood front door, brown door mat, black planter with succulents, and white adirondack chair | Maison de Pax

As I shared in my post on succulent care 101, succulents are incredibly easy to grow. Their fleshy leaves store water, and when planted with the proper well draining soil, they can thrive even in very hot, dry climates. In other words, they’re perfect for my blazing hot front porch! But not only that, they can usually survive your kid’s bedroom, the top shelf of your living room, the corner of the kitchen, and more. I hope these easy diy succulent planters inspire you to create your own.

two black pots with a variety of green, blue, and purple succulents | Maison de Pax


My favorite place to buy succulents and cacti is our local organic nursery… but honestly, they are usually a bit pricier there. And I’ve had great success at big box stores and garden centers, as well. The diy planters for my front porch all started when my father and I found these succulent mixes at the local garden center. For $60 total (each pot was $20), we probably got more than 50 individual plants… Such a steal!

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Rather than simply dropping them into our planters, though, I like to prep my succulent and cactus soil and spread the plants out a bit to allow for growth. To separate the plants without injuring the roots, I did not dig them out of the pots. Rather, I carefully poured the entire contents of each pot onto a piece of plastic and gently pulled each succulent plant away from the others, spreading them out and organizing them by type.

dividing succulent plants from a container garden | Maison de Pax

From just $30 worth of plants (I gave half of what we bought to my dad), I was able to fill four beautiful containers: two pots and two urns.

glazed turquoise pot with low bowl shape filled with small succulents | Maison de Pax
black urn filled with a variety of small succulents | Maison de Pax


First of all, you can make succulent pots out of almost anything. You just need to make sure that you have drainage holes in the bottom of the pot, as you can get root rot if the pot holds water. Get all my tips for potting and watering succulents here, and find out how to make the perfect succulent potting mix here. Here is how I recently made these succulent urns for my front porch:

step by step tutorial for creating a DIY succulent container garden | Maison de Pax
  1. I found some old plastic urns (left by the previous owner of our home) and cleaned them up.
  2. I spray painted the urns black to give them a slightly more modern look.
  3. I filled the bottom of the urns with ~4″ of rocks and pebbles (ranging from dime sized to quarter sized) – not pictured.
  4. I separated each little succulent gently by the roots and spread them.
  5. I created my own potting mix for succulents according to my recipe for the best soil for succulents in a pot (and included my girls in the process!).
  6. I planted a variety of succulents in each planter, leaving room for growth.

Tips for Creating a beautiful Succulent Container Garden

One of the best parts about potting and growing succulents is that they are so very forgiving. I have been known to come out with a spoon and uproot a small succulent that was growing too slowly, too quickly, or just seemed a few inches off, dropping it into a new spot with my fingers. Seriously, they are that easy! Here are a few things I’ve found that help create beautiful little succulent variety pots:

Vary the height.

There are so many varieties of succulents and cacti, some that grow up and some that spread out. Try your best to choose ones that seem to grow tall for either the center of the pot (if it will be viewed from multiple sides) or the back of the pot (if it will be placed against a wall).

small tube like green succulents in a succulent mix | Maison de Pax

Vary the color.

Dark green, light green, purplish, red, blue gray, and any combo of them all… there are endless color varieties. Don’t settle for all green! And do your best to spread out the ones of similar color, breaking them up with the less-common hues.

purple and gray and green succulent with pointed leaves in a container garden | Maison de Pax

Vary the texture.

By definition, succulents have waxy leaves that hold water. But as you will soon discover, there are many different leaf textures. Try not to place any that are too similar beside each other.

black pot with a variety of succulent heights, colors, and textures | Maison de Pax

Leave at least 2-3″ between plants.

This is a personal preference, of course, but I like to pot my succulents with at least 2-3″ between them so they can grow to fill in the space. If you crowd them together at the outset, you won’t get any new growth from them. Plus, remember that you can propagate succulents from clippings, so as you allow your small succulents to grow, you can actually cut off pieces and create new plants! If you are creating a particularly small container with tiny succulents, you might leave only 1″ between.

Use at least one that will hang over the edge.

I always think this provides that extra special touch. A little waterfall of life over the edge of the pot creates drama and interest.

black succulent planters with overhanding succulents | Maison de Pax

So tell me, where will you put your next succulent container garden?

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  1. Well, if you have gotten me hooked on succulents, too!
    I have loved every part in this series, how to make the planters and how to create your on soil mix. One sentence you made that intrigued me was that you could take a cutting to propagate your own. Can you elaborate on that? There are so many different shapes and sizes of succulents, that I’m not sure if I wouldn’t know how to do it. Thank you!

    1. I’m so glad to hear it, Shelley!! And yes, I’m actually working on a post about it right now. 🙂 Hoping to get it published in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned! xo

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