Succulents remain popular in home decor, and I am personally a fan! I love touches of green and nature throughout my house, although I don’t exactly have a green thumb. But, I wanted to design an arrangement for our dining room table, and this DIY succulent centerpiece fits our rustic/farmhouse/crafstman/neutral style perfectly. My mom found this tray on clearance at a local plant nursery. I scooped it up and filled it with plenty of succulents to bring a bit of nature indoors.
How to Make a Succulent Arrangement (Step-By-Step Pictures Below)
What You’ll Need:
-glue (I used wood glue)
-small pebbles or decorative sand (what I used)
Step 1: Make sure your planter or box is fully lined with clear plastic. Mine is only glued at the top. You just don’t want the water to leak through.
Step 2: Layer the bottom of the box with rocks or stones. Succulents do not need to sit in water, so you want plenty of air under the dirt. I used some rocks that we had leftover from a yard project.
Step 3: Mix equal parts sand and potting soil. The sand is less absorbent than the soil, and provides a drier environment for the succulents. (If succulents sit in water for too long, they will rot).
Step 4: Put a layer of sand over the rocks. Then add some of the dirt/sand mixture over the sand layer.
Step 5: Decide the layout of the succulents before planting them in the dirt. Some succulents are trailing, so I placed those around the edges. I also attempted to mix taller succulents in with the shorter ones. Plant one at a time, relatively shallow.
Step 6: Once they are all arranged and planted, carefully place a layer of pebbles or large “sand” over the top.
IMPORTANT: To water, use a squirt bottle – do not pour water over the soil. Allow the dirt to dry completely before watering again.
**Jackpot! I found an amazing selection of inexpensive succulents at our local farmers’ market. You can also order them online, and I even found these beauties on Amazon! Such a steal, by the way.
Here is the finished product on our dining room table. I am quite obsessed and I’m just praying I can keep them all alive!
Our dining table seats 10, and this planter looks bigger in person on our large table. I fit 25 succulents in it.
Happy planting! Thank you for reading.