Make: Tiny Succulent Gardens


Kitchenware = succulent gardens


Expect to spend about 15 minutes to make each garden. Plan on 15 minutes of clean up.


  • $1-4 for tea cups, mugs, bowls, vessels at Thrift Stores
  • $3 for bagged gravel
  • $8 for Succulent/Cactus Mix Soil, or make your own with potting soil and sand
  • $5-8 for Succulent starters. I recommend 3 types per garden. Choose plants with multiple plants so they will go farther. You can buy an assortment of succulent cuttings on Etsy.

What you need:

  • Small vessels like used teacups, bowls, mugs, pottery
  • An assortment of succulent clippings, available on Freecycle by request or ask friends who have succulents for clippings
  • Potting soil, sand and gravel
  • Findings like broken pottery, marbles, stones
  • Water spray bottle

What to do:

  • Add a handful of small gravel to the bottom of the vessel.
  • Fill with loose soil mix.
  • Poke holes in the soil with a stick.
  • Add an assortment of succulent clippings snugly into the vessel.
  • They like to be crowded. Press soil down firmly. Add more soil if needed.
  • Fill empty spaces with stones, broken pottery, etc.
  • Spray the succulents with a spray bottle to wash away the excess.
  • Water with spray bottle twice a week with water bottle.