Create Your Own Succulent Arrangement

I’m a sucker for succulents, but have always been hesitant to get them because I don’t have a green thumb and most arrangements are pretty pricey (keep on reading and you’ll see)!

Recently, on my quest to bring the outdoors in, I finally got the courage and set out on search for a pretty succulent arrangement, and couldn’t believe how much they cost.  Similar to terrarium arrangements, most are $30+ and that’s certainly not in my budget, especially since I haven’t had success in the past with keeping plants living for long.

If you remember back not too long ago, my gal blogger pal, Brittany of Pretty Handy Girl, shared a tutorial on how to make your own terrarium and save big bucks, and now I’ll show you How-To Make Your Own Succulent Arrangement for less than $15.

Let’s get started…

Thanks to my FB community for pointing me in the right direction, I purchased my succulents at Lowe’s (I didn’t even realize that they carried succulents).  I looked for succulents that paired well together giving some variation in height and color.  I also got one larger succulent to “anchor” the arrangement.

For the box, I used a wood planter that the Mister actually made a few weeks ago using pallet planks. If anyone’s interested, I’ll share a tutorial on that soon – let me know.

Knowing the size of the box, I chose four different succulent plants and placed them in the box to see how best they should be arranged before adding the soil.

Once I figured out the best layout, I removed the succulents from the box and lined the box with a plastic garbage bag.  If you are making a similar arrangement, lining the planter isn’t a must, but since this pallet box is made of wood and wasn’t perfect at the corners, I felt it best to line the interior so water and soil wouldn’t seep out the corners.

I left about 2″ of exposed wood at the top, so once the soil was added it would thoroughly cover the liner.  I wanted to see my pretty flowers, not the liner :)

I then added the soil leaving about 1″ of exposed wood at the top.

Next came the beautiful succulents, which I recommend starting with the largest one first. Like with all plants, I was sure to gently separate the roots before planting.

The arrangement looked alittle messy once it was complete… but just wait!

It was time to add the small rocks which are almost always seen in those pricey succulent arrangements.  I picked these up for about $3 and only used half the bag.

I carefully placed a thin layer on top of the soil so only the succulents would show through.

Once the rocks were put in place, the succulent arrange was complete

…And sits beautifully on my front porch.

Want to learn more on caring for a succulent? Check out this awesome article on growing healthy succulents.  I learned quite a few good tips to keep my new succulent arrangement strong and healthy!

Let’s break it down to see how much I saved…

  • (4) succulent plants were: $2.98 each
  • (1) Bag of rocks that I used half of: $3.00 /2 (for half) = $1.50
  • Wood Planter Box: Free  – made from an old pallet

So the grand total to create this beautiful Succulent Arrangement was around $13.  Not bad, right?!

Check out this arrangement that I just found online for $68. I like mine way better!  What do you think? Make it or Buy it??

Succulent arrangements are fun to make any time of year, but since they truly love the sun, Spring and Summer is a great time of year to create one of your own.

Do you have succulents in your home?  Have you ever made your own succulent arrangement? Would you rather make (and save) or buy?


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  1. Sarah says

    I am thinking about this for centerpieces for a wedding this fall. Do you know how fast/large the succulents grow?

    Thanks!

        • says

          Of course. It will depend on the type and the conditions. A lot of succulent plants have seasonal behaviors that will either expend or store energy. An example would be the act of blooming or flowering will use more energy and grow faster at that time.
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  2. says

    Great looking arrangement. I love seeing how people can use succulent plants in different ways. I would suggest to your readers that you consider the types of succulents you plant together. Make sure one wont block the sun from the others or that their roots wont block each other.

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