Other than the occasional fresh flowers, Mr. Jones and I didn't have any plants in our house. Since I'm no expert on indoor plants, I decided to take baby steps and start with succulents and a small cactus (still trying to convince Mr. Jones a small palm tree is a good idea). I'm not sure how long I'll be able to keep these babies alive, so I didn't want to spend a lot of time or money looking for the perfect pots to use. That's when I decided to spruce up some standard terra cotta pots that you can purchase at any hardware store for less than $5. This is an easy DIY and there are so many ways you can make your succulent planters unique!
For the cactus, I used a copper mint julep cup that we had at home. It is Kentucky Derby season after all! I'm in love with how it looks although I'm pretty sure I need to get something a little bit larger to give it some room to grow. Baby steps! I really liked how the cactus looked on my bedside table underneath the DIY light number, but that's also where I keep my phone/alarm clock...so probably not the best idea.
Keep reading to find out how to make these succulent planters just in time for summer!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1. Terra cotta pots. I got these at Lowe's.
2. Succulents for each pot. I got these at Lowe's also!
3. Optional: Decorative rocks. I bought these to put in the bottom of each container (especially important if your container doesn't have a drain hole like the mint julep cup), but had extra and used them at the top of the light pink planter.
4. Copper Foil Tape.
5. Hole Puncher (3 hole punch works too!)
1. Rinse off pots and make sure they are dry before painting.
2. Paint pots. For the light pink pot, I used mostly white paint and mixed in light pink until I liked the color!
3. Create the copper polka dots using a hole puncher and foil tape. I cut off a 6" piece of copper foil tape and punched holes until I ran out of space to make more.
4. Use tweezers to separate the foil tape and paper backing. With the foil tape dot still on the tweezers, press it against the clay pot and use your finger to smooth it onto the planter.
5. Next, I added rocks to the bottom of each pot (1-2" of rocks) and took the succulents out of the plastic planters and transferred them to the clay pots.
6. For the cactus, I just put rocks in the bottom of the julep cup and transferred the plant to the mint julep container.
7. Optional: spray paint the terra cotta saucer with copper spray paint!
There are so many variations of these succulent planters that you can create with these supplies and I can't wait to see what you come up with! I'd love to see your projects, so tag #MAMJdiy on Instagram if you post any photos!
Have the best day ever!