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DIY: Succulent Arrangements


Succulents are trendy right now, and I don’t blame the population for picking up on them. They’re tiny, adorable, affordable, and best of all, it’s hard to kill them. Succulents do well indoors or outdoors as long as they have some sunlight, and you can water them once a week (or less) and they’ll be just fine. Overall, they’re hard to kill, but I’ve killed succulents before. I decided to do right by the succulents that drowned under my care and find out the proper way to create a succulent arrangement and how to care for it.

It all started about two months ago when I was browsing through my Bloglovin’ feed and saw a post on Sass & Shamrocks about succulents for beginners. I had just lost my second-ever succulent, but Amy’s post inspired me to learn to love again and I knew I needed to actually try with my new succulents. Fast forward to the middle of April and I texted my friend Maddie and asked if she wanted to make succulent arrangements with me. Of course she did, because how frickin’ Pinterest would we be if we spent the day gardening and being adorable.

After spending the morning Googling how to keep succulents alive, I texted Maddie again and we were off. We found planters/containers at Target and Homegoods (and some gorgeous ones at west elm, if you’re in the market for an expensive planter), picked out succulents at Home Depot, and bought soil and rocks.

One of the most important things we found was that we needed to buy quick drying cactus soil and pebbles. The quick drying soil reduces the amount of moisture that the roots sit in; the less excess moisture, the better. Pebbles or rocks are super important to add to your planter if it doesn’t have a drainage hole at the bottom because the pebbles will allow excess water to drain out of the soil and into the bottom of the container. This is a second preventative measure to make sure the poor little succulents don’t drown.



If you’re looking to create an arrangement and not plant single succulents in single containers, you’ll need:

  • 1 (or more) large container
  • 1 bag of soil
  • 1 bag of pebbles
  • 5 or more succulents

When you’re buying your succulents, try to bring your container(s) with you. It’s easier to determine how many succulents and what varieties you’ll want if you can visualize the arrangement in your container. You can also look on Pinterest or other sites for inspiration. Maddie and I brought our containers to Home Depot and placed succulents in them until the arrangements looked how we wanted. We even took pictures so we would remember which succulent went where. Maybe that seems excessive, but we like to go big or go home. And, it was really hot and Home Depot was crowded and we were ornery by that point, so if we had forgotten how we wanted to arrange things, the day could’ve ended poorly.



How to Re-Plant Your Succulents

Once you’ve picked up your supplies, follow these steps:

  1. Put a thin layer or rocks on the bottom of your container.
  2. Add some soil, but don’t fill the whole thing up.
  3. Remove each succulent from its plastic throw-away container and massage the soil. This will allow some of the old soil to fall off and free up the ends of the roots.
  4. Make a dip in the soil in your new container and place your succulent inside. Add more soil around the succulent to stabilize it.
  5. Repeat and become Pinterest as f***.


If you want to follow along on more of our adventures, follow Maddie or me on Instagram.

Do you have any plants? Do you have a green thumb? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • I’ve been wondering how to do this! Thank you! I love the succulent planters at the store but when you buy them already put together they’re a fortune. I see a succulent project in my near future 🙂

    • I’m so glad you found this helpful, Brittany! If you do a succulent project of your own and maybe write about it, send me the link! I’d love to see what you create. thecatsandcoffee@gmail [dot] com

  • Amy Scott

    The brass trimmed box is my fave! So cute 🙂

  • Tess Ciarloni

    These are really cute! I love the variety of vessels that you planted them in! I have a bunch of succulents in my apartment too but it’s mostly just single succulents in each pot. I think I need to group some together!

  • Victoria Graham

    I absolutely ADORE the succulent that you placed in the gold framed box! Is that a jewelry box? Such a cute idea! Pinning this now

    • Thanks so much, Victoria! I’m glad you liked it, and yes, it is! I got it at Home Goods for less than $15.

  • I’ve always wanted some succulents and now I’ve seen these in such quirky planters, I am going to have to go out and get some now.

  • I put my succulent in a cup and saucer on a shelf in the bathroom. It looked like it had just walked out of Pinterest, and lasted a remarkably long time (about a year) in a darkish moist room before rotting 🙁 it’s brother is now on the windowsill in a brighter, drier room, but I miss my pinteresty bathroom…

    • Poor little succulent 🙁 I’ve had a couple of them die on me over the last couple of years, and one of mine is really struggling right now, but it’s doing better because it is getting more sun. Too bad your bathroom doesn’t have windows!

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    OHMYGOSH I’m obsessed!!! Succulents are my fav. But I never buy them because I can’t think of ways to showcase. This post rocks my world!

    • I’m so glad you liked it, Chrissa! I was the same way until I saw the post on Sass & Shamrocks, and then I knew I could find a cute way to showcase them.

  • Nila Duggan

    Oh I love this! I’m really obsessed with miniature gardens right now (but I haven’t done my own). How cute would one be in a teacup! Great post & pics!

    • Thanks, Nila! I’ve become quite obsessed too, I think my next goal is to create a hanging indoor garden… 🙂

  • Candy Kage

    Beautiful and make great gifts.

  • I love love love love love succulents. I see what you mean too about them being “in” I see them everywhere, and I feel like seeing them all the time is making me way more obsessed with them. But that’s okay, because they’re beautiful!

    • I agree, sometimes I’m not into trendy things but succulents are too adorable and pretty! I think the trend is becoming a classic at this point. I love the variety of succulents, too! I really want to get some of the purple, pink, and blue ones, but I’ve heard those are much harder to care for.

  • Kristen Kavan

    oh my gosh, these are so cute! I LOVE succulents. I don’t care if they’re too trendy, because they are SO cute and so easy to keep alive (huge perk for me!) I cannot wait to make some of my own!

    • Me too, Kristen! I feel like now that they’re popular, they won’t really go away. They’ll probably morph from trendy to classic!

  • Sophia

    The flowers are so pretty and they must do great for decor

  • So much YES! I’m so happy you shared this, as I was just saying how I need to get some succulents for my desk 🙂 I’ll definitely be using your tips!

    – Nicole @ http://www.WorkWearWander.com

    • Yay, that makes me happy, Nicole! Just make sure they get enough sun. The succulent in the pink globe went through a rough patch because he wasn’t getting enough sun at my office, but he’s doing better now 😉

  • These look awesome! I think these are plants I can keep alive too, haha.

    • I don’t have much experience with plants or gardening, so I think these are a great option for beginners or just people who tend to *not* have green thumbs 😉 Thanks Rachel!

  • Ashley

    Bookmarked! I saw this on your instagram and KNEW I had to do this!!

    xo Ashley

  • These are awesome! I haven’t gotten into the succulent craze yet…but I’m sure I will.

    • I started with fake succulents (I still have those) and slowly moved onto real ones. They’re great! And cheap 😛

  • Clare Speer

    So pretty – I haven’t gotten an succulents yet… but I love plants and flowers but I kill them all the time (frown frown) – but maybe I will try these as they are “hard to kill” – they look so cute!

    • There are so many varieties too, Clare. Your local Home Depot/Lowe’s/nursery should have a bunch of them. In Home Depot, they were inside near the gardening pots, which seemed like a bad place since it was dark. BUT! My point is that there’s a succulent out there for everyone! Good luck! 🙂

  • “become pinterest as f***” LOVE IT! I just started gardening a bit this spring, but have been known to kill all the things! I started with house plants that are hard to kills. Great tips on the succulents…I have a few left over I need to plant and I’m totally going to use your tips. Thanks!

  • I love succulents! This is such a cute idea!

  • Chris Huston

    I love the idea of succulents as a centerpiece. And these are beautiful put together like you did. Great idea — thanks for the inspiration.

    • Thanks for reading, Chris! And thanks so much – my friend Maddie helped me arrange them. She’s good t that kind of stuff 🙂

  • Heather Gee Davis

    These succulent planters are really pretty! I need to make some.

  • So pretty! I have some fake succulents in my office.

    • Thanks Alanna! I have two fake succulents here at home, but maybe I’ll bring them into work since they’d do better in my dark cubicle. 😛

  • Succulents are all we have , because I have no green thumb >_<. But I never thought of putting them indoors

  • So pretty…and what great ideas!

  • Rebecca Greene

    I didn’t know you needed special soil for succulents. I’ve been working on my container garden outside with tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, zucchini, and a ton of different herbs, been thinking, though, that we need some indoor plants.

    • I don’t think it’s required, but it really helps the succulents not to drown! They don’t need much water, so quick dry/cactus soil is supposed to be better for them. 🙂 I hope it helps!

  • Jenn Slavich

    This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. This is so informative, I really had no idea what succulents needed to survive. Thank you for all of your tips! You’ve inspired me to get going on this!

    • Yay, let me know when you’ve done your project, Jenn! I’d love to see what you come up with 🙂

  • I LOVE succulents! Your containers are adorable. I never though about panting in such unique containers. Followed you on Pinterest to keep inspired!!

  • Megan T.

    I love that you can plant succulents in literally anything. I had a cute arrangement in a vintage teacup until it died, I have a horrible green thumb lol. I love your jewelry box idea though- so cute!

    • Me too, Megan! I think besides overwatering them (the biggest cause of death), it’s important to consider how large their roots might get as they grow. In the arrangement in the white bowl in this post, some of the succulents are growing quite large, and I might need to re-pot them into something bigger so they have room to keep growing. The little tree succulent in the pink planter almost died but he’s growing back – lack of sun in his case! I want my little babies to flourish!

  • Taylor Speikers

    “Become Pinterest as f***” – omg you are totally my kind of person! Hahaha. I’ve been growing succulents this year too and I just love how cute they are when planted in various things – that mug planter is ADORABLE!

    • Hee, thanks Taylor! I love Pinterest but it can be, admittedly, a little silly/too styled. That’s half the fun though. I love it for inspiration, but of course my house will never look like that on a normal day. I love succulents too – Maddie picked the mug up at Home Goods and it is super adorable!

  • The cup planter is such a great idea – I have a broken cup that is too pretty to throw away but I wasn’t quite sure what to do with but I think I’ll give this a go. Succulents are such pretty plants.

  • Those are so pretty succulents, they be perfect for my balcony. I don’t know much about gardening .


    • Hi Anna, succulents would be perfect. I don’t know much about gardening either, so I just Googled and Pinned and read until I learned enough to have a go at it! Good luck and let me know how it goes! 🙂

  • kp

    This is so awesome! I have a few old containers that would look awesome as a succulent planter! I’ve never planted anything in my life haha, but this looks simple enough that even I can do it 😉

    • It was very simple, @disqus_9OMkJUNqoF:disqus! One of my succulents from this post already grew so much he needs to be repotted, so I have a quick project for this weekend.

  • Love love love love love these. They’re seriously soooo cute. I want more succulents in my life.

    • I’m so obsessed, @miss_angie:disqus! I want to be surrounded by them. I wish I had some outdoor space so I could create a hanging succulent garden, but for now I’ve got them on my entryway table, a table between the sofa and arm chair, and some on my desk. More more more! 😛

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  • Hannah these are so adorable I want you to make me some! I love your posts girl 🙂
    xo, Nicole