Mini Succulent Planter

6 Materials
20 Minutes

I love coming up with waste material craft ideas. Recycling materials and trash to treasure projects are not only good for the environment, but they’re also free craft supplies too. This simple mini succulent planter is made out of a tin can and succulent cuttings. It looks super cute and would make an adorable little succulent favour or gift.

What we used to make our tin can succulent planter.

• Tin Can

• Baby Succulent Cuttings

• Small Piece of Landscape Fabric

• A small piece of Moss Sheet

• Succulent Compost and Small Stones for Drainage

The baby succulent cuttings came from another waste material craft we’ve made. Our succulent hedgehog planter lives in our herb garden and is producing lots of baby hen and chick plants as you can see in the photo below. These babies can be pulled off and will happily put down roots once transplanted to their new home.

One material used in the project that you may not have at home is the craft moss sheet (Amazon). An alternative would be using fabric such as burlap or felt.

How to make our mini succulent tuna can planter

Make a few holes in the base of a shallow tin can for drainage.

Trace around the tin can on to the moss sheet and cut out.

Draw a heart shape on to the moss circle and cut out.

Stick the moss sheet template on to the landscaping fabric and trim.

Cut slits into the landscaping fabric to plant the succulent cuttings through.

Add some gravel to the base on the tuna tin for drainage, and fill with the compost.

And glue the moss sheet and landscaping fabric into place.

Plant the baby succulent cuttings through the slits. The little plants may not have roots so just push the base into the soil, so they sit firm. They will soon put out roots now they are no longer attached to their parent plant.

Succulent plants prefer to be kept on the dry side. I moistened the compost I used for this project before I started so won't water it again for at least a week. When I do come to water it, I’ll gently spoon just a couple of teaspoons of water over the plants and let it soak in.

You'll find lots more crafty ideas over on our blog.

For some larger scale succulent planting ideas, check out our Succulent and Moss Toadstool and our Succulent Christmas Tree. And for another fab waste material craft idea why not try making our colourful, recycled gift bows.

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  • KD Redlowske KD Redlowske on Mar 05, 2019

    I would very much like to know how you plant those or any other plants so close together? Everytime I try they fall apart no matter how careful I am. Please do tell?

    Thanking you in advance.

  • Marie Marie on Mar 13, 2019

    Where do I find moss sheet

  • Barb Barb on Mar 27, 2019

    How long before the "Babies" will be overcrowded and need re-potting or thinning out? They are absolutely adorable!

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  • Kat Rogers Kat Rogers on Mar 04, 2019

    SOOOOO FREAKING CUUUTE!! I,too, have such issues with so much waste, and there's no easy access to recycling centers for me. I've been planning to use the empty cat food cans to make adorable candles, BUT I REALLY LOVE THE LITTLE SUCCULENT ARRANGEMENT YOU CREATED. That Moss Sheet With The Cut Out💖IS SIMPLY TOO CUTE! And THIS is right up my alley as I LOVE plants (I have like 15 foot long Philodendron (SP?) Vines covering 2 walls, all of These Plants~ as well as MANY MORE~ were grown from cuttings from ONE Small Plant purchased from Walmart about 6 Years Ago... Don't You just love that?!).

    Purrsonally I would decorate the can, most likely paint it, or purrhaps Mod~Podge fabric around it. Or how about color~coordinated ribbon, yarn or natural twine??

    OMG~ Sorry~ I'm just really excited about This Project... It also makes me feel better each time I REUSE, RECYCLE AND MOSTLY UPCYCLE things rather than throwing them in the trash! Of course, Now My Apartment Is Beginning To Look Like A Hoarder Lives There... Being An Obsessive D.I.Y.'er Has Its Drawbacks When EXTRA Space Is Non-existent. But, At The Young Age of 60(How TF Did THAT Happen?!) There's No changing Me Now!

    Thank You so much for sharing this fabulously adorable idea.


    • Craft Invaders Craft Invaders on Mar 04, 2019

      Oh your apartment sounds lovely Kat - you must have green fingers! Please do share pictures of your little tin can succulents when you make them :)

  • Suzzanne Doublez Suzzanne Doublez on Apr 07, 2019

    Great idea........!! However, I thinkI would cover the can too. You could modpodge some fabric over it, or prbly better yet, just glue some moss around the can.