Upcycled Succulent Planter

5 Materials
20 Minutes

I've recently realized that I love succulents. I know, a little late to that train, right? I wanted to make a cute little container for them and I found the perfect thing to do it with. A flour sifter!

This was a super simple DIY. It didn't start out simple, though. It started with a fail. I almost gave up, I was close to throwing in the towel. But I stepped away from the project and came up with

upcycled succulent planter

Choose your container. Remember, it’s important that you choose something that either has something that can be used as drainage holes or holes can be added to it. Succulents like their soil to dry out. 

The Flour Sifter I found was perfect for this. It's basically a mesh colander on the inside, so any excess water will drain away.

upcycled succulent planter

Clean your container. You can see in the picture above that there is some rust inside my sifter, I scrubbed that and cleaned the whole thing. It actually still had flour on it. Which is kind of gross, but whatever. It’s clean now.

upcycled succulent planter

Paint your container. I started with three colors and then tossed the ugly green! I let everything dry before I started repainting with the blue and then the little bit of white at the top.

Once I realized my mistake with green paint, I decided to go simple, just blue and white. I left a little bits of the shiny metal, too.

upcycled succulent planter

 Seal your container. This is optional. If you’re fussy and you want it to be safe and protected, do this. If you’re like me and not fussy in any way, feel free to skip it.

When I planted the succulents into the sifter, I first put some rocks at the bottom of the sifter. They will help with drainage and they also took up some space so I didn't have to fill the whole thing up with succulent dirt.

I really love how this came out. It was super simple to do. It's been a week and my little baby succulents seem to be doing very well in their new home.

upcycled succulent planter
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Marybeth Santos

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