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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Create A Succulent Garden Using Thrift Store Containers

So many of you commented on this darling drawer of succulents from the Home Depot Garden Party. I knew you would love it as much as I did! It retails for $25.00.

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Although this was a concrete planter (which you could also make by following the guidelines HERE) it did get my mind thinking about what other containers could be used for a succulent garden. As I needed a cute gift for an upcoming party I stopped by the thrift store.  I found several planter contenders but selected this little gem priced at just 25 cents.

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I did find a similar option online and you could easily screw in a handle to the front of the box.

Keep reading to see how the thrift store find was transformed. 

Succulents need little to no water to thrive depending on what gardening zone you live in. As a safety measure I quickly drilled two small drainage holes on the bottom of the box. This can easily be done on thin metal and plastic containers as well.

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Since this was a wood container I did want to line it for a bit of protection. You can use a clear plastic liner but I opted to reuse a shopping bag.

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I then quickly planted all of the succulents which were purchased at Home Depot. They ranged in price from $1.98 to $3.98. With my military discount the arrangement came out to around $12.

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To lock in moisture you can top the arrangement with tiny pebbles or a bit of moss.

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 As it grows some of the succulents will need to be transplanted into another container. But I am sure its intended recipient will love it!

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Have a blooming beautiful day,

Laura

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24 comments :

Blackberry Lane said...

This is lovely and a great hostess gift.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That is just as cute as can be and I love the price~
Great job Laura!
Cindy

GSGreatEscaper said...

Adorable! That would make me want to invite you to every party I gave!

Bubble wrap also can make a good liner/base for plants! I found a large white pot by the side of the road, but I didn't want to fill it with rocks and dirt because it would be so heavy - so I used bubble wrap, folded, on the bottom..

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Gorgeous, fun and easy to create! I love projects like this, and I love cacti and succulents! Thanks, Laura.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love it, what a fun idea and you picked the perfect plants. Hugs, marty

Vel Criste said...

I love succulents and your idea is terrific Laura! I might have to think 'outside the box' - but not your kind of box, too!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Cute, adorable, and I gotta find me a little box!!

Ronda Waters said...

This is gorgeous, Laura! So creative! :)

Rita C. said...

Laura, I love that!!

Bonnie said...

Succulents are fun and easy to care for. I like how you transformed a vintage box into a container.

Maureen Wyatt said...

If you ever come to visit me, I'd be delighted with that cute planter!

Auntie Em said...

Your succulent planter is adorable! I love all the colours. I don't think of them as having such a range of different shades.
The drawer makes a cute container. If a container is large and will be too heavy with rocks, use some of the pieces of styrofoam that come packed in around electronics. They are usually odd shapes but can be easily snapped into smaller pieces and work like rocks to allow the water to drain through.
Thanks for sharing the pics of your pretty container garden! :)

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

What a delightful gift you made!

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Karena Albert said...

Laura a truly wonderful Springtime gift anyone would love!

xoxo
Karena
2014 Artists Series

Something Nice and Pretty said...

So cute! Next time I'm at GW I'm going to look for containers to make a couple. Your turned great!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

These are darling Laura! I'm going to get some succulents to put in my kitchen window sill. I've had some tiny ferns and they have been so much fun but they are finally dying from lack of water. They are just too small of pots to keep them wet enough - I don't take the time to water them just a bit every single day so I'm going to go with something that thrives on very little water!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

These are darling Laura! I'm going to get some succulents to put in my kitchen window sill. I've had some tiny ferns and they have been so much fun but they are finally dying from lack of water. They are just too small of pots to keep them wet enough - I don't take the time to water them just a bit every single day so I'm going to go with something that thrives on very little water!

The Vintage Chateau said...

I'm just starting to get interested in succulents, thanks for the inspiration! I'm a new follower.
Karee

Liz Hockamier said...

What a lovely gift! I'm sure they will love it! I have such a brown thumb. I love succulents. But I find that they are a little bit of a challenge... I'm not sure what I do wrong. I think I under water them because I think that they are like cactus.... I don't know.... :P

Thanks for sharing at Fresh-Cut Friday! :)
~Liz

Art @ Home said...

How cute! I love succulents, and your little planter is darling!

Fotini Roman said...

I love this!! Thanks for sharing :)

Carmody Tisdale said...

I love this idea. What a beautiful spring upcycle.

L'Heure Bleue At Home said...

What a creative idea! I can't wait to try it out.