We truly enjoyed summer this year. Whether working in our outside garden boxes or making fun new succulent planters for inside the house we really made the most of the warmest part of the year here in Arkansas. Most years I try so hard to plant a garden but everything falls apart and things start dying off around the middle of the summer. I don’t know if it is the Arkansas heat or just my absolute lack of gardening skills but things go south pretty fast (see what I did there? South, because we’re in the…South. ok, ok I know I’m not that funny.)
This year was different, though. This year we had awesome raised garden beds full of herbs and vegetables. I had tomato plants on my front porch and flowers galore. It was such a lovely addition to the entryway of our home!
Now that it’s fall I’ve been trading my tomato plants out for classic mums. I just love having fresh plants surrounding the pallet bench on my front porch. Along with the ambiance of living deep in the middle of nowhere woods it makes for a great meditation spot on days when parenting gets the best of me.
Recently, I ran across a few bricks out in the woods behind my house and decided they would be a perfect addition to my blooming entryway. After a quick cleaning, we added a few succulent plants to one and turned it into a cute DIY succulent planter! It has become a beloved addition to my front porch and cost me less than $10 to make!
Making a DIY Succulent Planter
The items needed for this project are shown above. It’s literally just the brick, the succulent plants, and a good organic potting soil. Some prefer to use a special succulent soil but you can alter your potting soil by adding a small amount of sand to it to make it more porous. This will help the succulents roots from becoming too wet.
You can close off the bottom of your brick using anything from a small piece of wood, a little cotton, or anything else that you would like. Just remember, you want some drainage at the bottom to keep water from pooling up. I left the bottom of my brick open completely as my DIY succulent planter was going to be placed outdoors. Once you get enough of the potting soil into the brick it holds together fairly well.
If you are living in a cooler climate you may want to bring your planter inside during the winter or cooler months. You can alter your brick to make an indoor planter at that time as well if you like.
Depending on the size of the holes in your brick you may need to remove some of the dirt around your succulent after taking it out of the store pot. When doing so be sure to pay attention to the roots of your plant so that you don’t break the root structure up too much or it could damage the plant.
You can choose any succulents or even a cactus to put into your brick depending on the climate at your house. I plan on doing a DIY cactus planter with the second brick I found so that I have an all cactus one!
Caring for Your DIY Succulent Planter
When placing your DIY succulent planter in your entryway or yard you want to find a location that gets a half day to full day sunlight. These plants need quite a bit of light so you don’t want to put them in a shady area of your porch or entryway. If you are unsure of a good location get a piece of paper and take notes every few hours on what areas are sunny and what areas are shaded. You could even take a picture of your porch with your phone several times a day and compare to determine which areas of your porch (or wherever you plan on placing your DIY succulent planter) get the best sunlight throughout the day.
When it comes to watering your DIY succulent planter you want to let the soil get dry between each watering session. Generally, every few days will work well. It is important to not overwater these plants. Unlike other plants that rely on heavy water succulents do better in a slightly more arid environment.
There is really no need for extra fertilizer, plant food, or other products when it comes to caring for succulents. These little guys are very hardy plants that do well with minimal maintenance.
Faking It with Your DIY Succulent Planter
If you would like to do this DIY succulent planter as an indoor project and don’t want to deal with live succulent plants you can easily add imitation succulent plants to your bricks. I would suggest using a different type of soil ( you can pick a “fake soil” up in just about any floral department. I got some at Walmart last time I went looking for it)
You can find cute little succulent picks to add to your brick in just about any floral department as well. I use these succulent picks in dinosaur planters that I have created and put around my house. That way I don’t have to worry about caring for them or about cats destroying them.
If you create this DIY succulent planter be sure to tag me in your social posts so I can see your version of it! I love seeing what you guys are up to and the ways that you have improved on our projects and made them your own!
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