DIY succulent planter project

Succulents are all the rage. If you haven’t jumped aboard the popular plant bandwagon, we’ve got some adorable do-it-yourself reasons that will convince you that you should.

We’ve put together these budget-friendly air plant and succulent planters that feature secondhand vases, glassware and teacups we picked up at our local Goodwill for under $3.99.

This is the perfect make-it-yourself project for people who don’t have a green thumb. Succulents are drought-tolerant and easy to care for. Plus, if you really want to take the simple route, use artificial succulents instead.


Succulents — real or artificial — and air plants

Moss, glass gems for vases, dirt or other filler

Glassware and vases


Step one: Gather the succulents you’ve gotten from your favorite local garden shop.

Step two: Gather the glassware, vases, vessels, teacups and other containers you’ve purchased from your local Goodwill.

Step three: Gather the fillers such as moss, glass gems, stones or sand.

Step four: Start assembling your containers. Put the filler of choice into a container and add succulent. Repeat until you have all your containers filled. In some cases it might be easier to add the succulent or plant first and then add the filler, depending on how big the plant or roots are.

Step five: Arrange on a bookshelf, mantle, table or windowsill or give away to a few lucky family and friends.

About Goodwill: Goodwill NCW is a nonprofit human services organization whose mission is Elevating People by Eliminating Barriers to Employment across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin. The organization includes 27 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, 24 human services programs, a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store, plus online shopping at, a women’s apparel website, and It offers four Donation Express sites and 10 convenient donation bins throughout the Fox Cities. Goodwill NCW is a Platinum Level member of, the world’s largest source of nonprofit organization information. Visit

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