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Succulent Planter from Repurposed China

Make this succulent plant from repurposed china for Mother’s Day. Mom will love this succulent planter and it is super easy to make!

Learn how to make this succulent planter from repurposed china, just in time for Mother’s Day gift giving!

Use repurposed china to make this succulent planter, just in time for Mother's Day.

Are you ready for Mother’s Day? Are you maybe looking for a quick and easy handmade Mother’s Day gift idea that mom will absolutely positively love? Then, I’ve got the perfect DIY idea for you! Hello, Ideas for the Home by Kenarry® friends! I’m Pam from The Birch Cottage and I’m back again this month to share another easy DIY project with you.

Use repurposed china to make this succulent planter, just in time for Mother's Day.

Actually, this month’s DIY project just might be the easiest project in the history of do-it-yourself projects. And I promise you that absolutely anyone can make this succulent planter from repurposed china.  Anyone!

Use repurposed china to make this succulent planter, just in time for Mother's Day.

Where to Find China

Several months ago, I ran across this gray and white china at one of my favorite thrift stores. I just knew they’d be perfect for something, but wasn’t sure what at the time.  Then, this past month my daughter and I participated in Home Depot’s Do-It-Herself workshop where we made a vertical succulent garden. Thus, the idea for using repurposed china to make a succulent planter was born.

Fortunately, you can find china to repurpose at thrift stores, yard sales, estate sales, antique shops or maybe even grandma’s attic or china cabinet. I bet she’s got an odd piece or two that she won’t mind parting with, especially when she finds out you’re going to give the dish new life as a succulent planter!

Use repurposed china to make this succulent planter, just in time for Mother's Day.

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Succulent Planter Instructions

There are just a few supplies you’ll need before you can make this succulent planter {aka the world’s easiest DIY project ever}.

  • Succulent – You can purchase at your local nursery, superstore or home improvement store
  • China Cup – Shop your local thrift store, yard sales, grandma’s attic….
  • Potting Soil – Be sure to use potting soil that is intended for use with succulents. If you’re store doesn’t carry it, you can also use soil that’s intended for use with violets, if that helps.
  • Small Pebbles or a container with drain holes that will fit inside the china cup
  • Water
Use repurposed china to make this succulent planter, just in time for Mother's Day.

I feel almost silly writing these instructions as they are quite simple, thus, the reason anyone can make this repurposed china succulent planter.

  1. Start with a clean china cup or dish.
  2. Put a small amount of pebbles in the bottom of the china cup or in a container with drain holes that will fit inside the cup. Please keep in mind that for optimal succulent growth and care, you should not use pebbles or stones in the bottom of the tea cup. For the best results, use a container with drain holes that will fit inside your tea cup. Then you can simply remove the container from the tea cup for watering.
  3. Add a small amount of potting soil, so the cup is about 2/3 full.
  4. Remove your succulent from its container and spread the roots slightly, if you’re moving it into another container.
  5. Place the succulent in the china cup and add additional soil. Press on the soil to slightly pack it in the dish and add more soil as needed.
  6. Water your newly planted succulent, but only so the soil is damp.
Use repurposed china to make this succulent planter, just in time for Mother's Day.

See, that was easy, right? How about, that was beyond easy?! Seriously though, mom’s love succulent plants and pretty china dishes, mix the two together and you’ve got a fantastic gift for Mother’s Day that mom is guaranteed to love!

Use repurposed china to make this succulent planter, just in time for Mother's Day.

My daughter and I really enjoyed the Home Depot succulent workshop. I bought a few extra succulents so I could make these repurposed china succulent planters and I really love the way they turned out. I’m especially fond of the repurposed cream pitcher china succulent planter.

Use repurposed china to make this succulent planter, just in time for Mother's Day.

So, what are you waiting for? Run out to your local thrift store, buy some adorable china dishes, stop by your favorite home garden store and purchase some succulents and potting soil, then gather up the kiddos and let them get their hands a little dirty and make these repurposed china succulent planters that mom is guaranteed to love – and just in time for Mother’s Day gift giving!

Use repurposed china to make this succulent planter, just in time for Mother's Day.

How to Care for Succulents

I love gardening, but I’m not a gardening expert and if you ask two gardeners how to care for succulents, you’re likely to get two different answers. I think this article from Southern Living does a great job of explaining how to care for your succulent plants. The main thing you’ll want to keep in mind is that succulents don’t require a lot of water. The general rule is that you water the plant until water begins to run out of the drain holes, then you don’t water the succulent again until the soil is dry.

There are two things I didn’t do in this project that I should have done for the best growing conditions. One, I should have drilled drain holes in the bottom of my china cups. Then I simply could have set the china cup on a matching saucer so the water would have somewhere to collect when it drains. I found this really detailed tutorial on how to drill drainage holes on Gardening on a Dime‘s site.  Secondly, I would have covered the top of the soil with small pebbles or pretty stones. Putting stones on the top of the plant also helps with keeping the soil properly watered. There’s also a third thing you should probably know about succulents, they like bright light. Not necessarily sitting in the sun kind of bright light. They’ll do just fine anywhere they can get direct or indirect bright sunlight.

Use repurposed china to make this succulent planter, just in time for Mother's Day.

I’ve really enjoyed sharing the world’s easiest DIY project with you this month and I look forward to sharing more projects with you in the coming months! Happy Mother’s Day!

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4 Comments

  1. A wonderful article on re-purposing china. The cream pitcher is beautiful .
    I’ve used old coffee cups and cereal bowls several times. Recently, I was given a gift of a small succulent in a tea light candle holder. It looks really nice.
    Drilling drainage holes and using saucers or shallow bowls makes watering much easier.
    Thanks for the “thumbs up” on our post on how to drill those drainage holes.

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