DIY : Succulent Planter

A DIY Succulent Planter Project From Home Style AustinSucculents are to Austin as much as breakfast tacos and live music. So let’s amp-up the container presentation for our succulents by looking for some inspiration commonly found sitting on our pantry shelves … the good ole soup can!


1  |  Succulent Plant (we found ours at our local Walmart)
1  |  Empty Soup or Tomato Sauce Tin Can (we repurposed ours from going into the trash)
To Fill  |  Miracle-Gro Cactus, Palm and Citrus Soil (found at our local Austin Home Depot)
A Few Spoonfuls  |  Aquarium Rocks (also at Walmart)

What To Do: 

1. Remove the label from the soup can and rinse well. Punch a drainage hole in the bottom of the can using a hammer and nail.

2. Fill most of the can with the soil. Insert the succulent and pack well and add more dirt, leaving about 1/4″ of dirt from completely filling the soup can.

3. Top the soil with a few spoonfuls of aquarium rocks for a colorful splash.

You just made an artful, eco-friendly and dy-no-mite presentation for your succulent plant! Our total cost? Under $3. You can even root succulents yourself and save even more.


Image  Choose a from a wild assortment of different cans to accentuate the unique personality of your succulent … big cans, small cans, ribbed cans, smooth cans … silver or gold cans. Have fun unwrapping empty cans to find the style you like.

Image  These make great gifts for friends and family … you can even plant these ahead of time and enjoy them in your home for a few days before gifting them away.

Have fun gardening!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.