How to Make a Succulent Garden

In the past year, DIY terrariums and succulent gardens have really taken off. I’ve always thought they were so cute, but stayed away from them because I unfortunately, was not gifted with the “green thumb,” and assumed I wouldn’t be able to keep them alive. Wrong. A friend gifted me with a set of 3 for Christmas and I was surprised at how easy it is/was to keep them thriving!

Over the weekend, I found that my boyfriend’s mom has been hit with the “succulent garden bug” as well, and we decided to do some DIYing and made the most beautiful little gardens (which by the way are totally ok’d by TSA to bring on domestic flights). I still can’t believe how easy the process was, and am so excited to share it with you today so you can make your own succulent garden!

Wondering how you can make your own succulent garden? It's so easy! Check out my DIY tutorial.

Gather Your Materials

You can pick up materials for your garden in-store or online at places like Home Depot, Lowe’s, or Amazon. Keep in mind that aside from the individual plants and pot/bowl you pick up, you’ll be able to use the items for more than one garden – especially if you’re making smaller ones.

Wondering how you can make your own succulent garden? It's so easy! Check out my DIY tutorial.

Get Started

Once you’ve gathered your supplies, you’re ready to begin! First, lay the foundation of your garden with soil, filling the pot about halfway. Then start arranging each of your plants, digging them into the soil a bit and filling in additional soil to hold it in place. Note that if you’re not happy with the layout, you can always shift things around easily!

Wondering how you can make your own succulent garden? It's so easy! Check out my DIY tutorial.Wondering how you can make your own succulent garden? It's so easy! Check out my DIY tutorial.

As you fill your pot with more plants and dirt (almost to the top), you’ll be on the homestretch! The last step in the process is filling the entire pot with stones/pebbles to cover the dirt. And then you’re done! It’s really that easy.

As far as maintenance go, succulents actually don’t like a lot of water. In fact, you only really need to give a little spritz of water and succulent food every 2 weeks or so!

Wondering how you can make your own succulent garden? It's so easy! Check out my DIY tutorial.Wondering how you can make your own succulent garden? It's so easy! Check out my DIY tutorial.

I think I can confidently say that I’ve found my new DIY obsession. Who knew that making a succulent garden was so easy?! It’s a pretty calming activity too. Look out adult coloring books – there’s a new stress-relieving player in town!

Have you ever made a succulent garden?

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  • This is adorable! And looks like a plant I can’t kill right away! #win!

    Alice at Lone Star Looking Glass

    • Thanks, Alice! These are definitely good plants for non-plant people :)

  • It so cute and I love how low maintenance it is!

    • Thanks, Amanda! I love that too! I’m sad to say most plants/flowers I get don’t have a long life span, but these prevail!

  • oh love how yours turned out! I’ve been debating on doing a few of these for in front of my fireplace, but planting freaks me out!! It looks so easier though!!

    • Thanks, Angela! You should definitely try it out, it’s SO much easier than you’d think!

  • This looks beautiful! I have been wanting to make a little garden so this post really helped me. I don’t have a good green thumb, but I am so hopeful I won’t kill this! Haha.

    • Thank you! I don’t have a green thumb either but these I can handle! Let me know how yours turns out!

  • So cute! This is on my list to make….. just need to get around to actually doing it haha

    • Thanks! I think I’ll be making a lot more of these around Christmas – they make great gifts!

  • Caiti

    This is so so cute! I want to try this for while I’m at school, since it is so low maintenance!

    • Thank you! It really is and they’re so fun to make!

  • I plan to make one of these soon – once we get into our new house! My son has a little pt on his windowsill for years…great for kids since they don’t watering everyday!

  • I love succulents! My husband has the green thumb, but I have been able to keep a basil plant alive for several months!

    • Woo, good job! That’s a win in my book (as a non-green thumb person, haha).

  • Heather Gullett Denniston

    THat is gorgeous! I always over water them! Yours look beautiful!

    • Thanks, Heather! The big thing for me is remembering when the last time I watered them was, haha. Too bad there’s not a mini sprinkler system for them!

  • Annie Marie

    So so cute! I think I will do this in my new house. I love that pop of pink :)

    • Thank you! I can’t wait to see how yours turns out!

  • Shannon E Gauger

    I LOVE this! It so pretty. I think this would be a fun project to make with my 8 year old daughter too. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks, Shannon! It definitely would – they’re so easy to make!

  • All Things Gold ✨

    This has been on my rainy day idea list for awhile now, and your post has inspired me to make it happen! I love it!!

    • Yay! So happy to hear that :) You’ll have to let me know how it turns out!

  • The Oracle

    Very nice! You did a wonderful job with that little cactus garden

  • This is perfect! I’m GOING to make one someday! ;-)

    • Woo! I hope you enjoy making yours as much as I did! Can’t wait to see how yours turns out!

  • You make it look so easy! I love this! I am always worried about whether or not I’d kill the plants!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    • It really IS easy! I don’t have a green thumb at all and am able to keep these alive, so don’t worry! They’re very low maintenance!

  • Ohmygosh, this looks so pretty!!! I love it, I’m going to make one myself soon! :D

    • Thanks, Renee! Can’t wait to see how yours turns out!

  • This is such an adorable idea! I love succulents!

    • Thanks, Dara! I love them too – they’re the only type of plants I can keep alive for an extended time period, haha.

  • These are so cute! I want to make something like this.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Thank you! You definitely should! If you haven’t figured out your wedding favors yet, these are pretty popular as the guest gifts or tables!

  • This is SUCH a pretty little succulent garden! You did a beautiful job! I love succulents, and plants in general, but I am SO bad about killing them lol.

    • Thank you so much! These definitely have a longer life – the only type of plants I don’t kill within in a few days :)

  • These are so cute.. I’m definitely putting one in my new apartment!

  • Candy Kage

    Garden is a favorite hobby of mine. Never tried making a succulent garden. These look beautiful, calming and easy to put together.

    • They really are! You should give it a try – they’re really low maintenance too!

  • What a pretty succulent garden! Once we settle down and stop living in hotels, I’ll have to make one for myself!

    • Thanks, Cassandra! You definitely will, they’re fab!

  • I love how it turned out!! I’ve kept one little succulent alive at my house for about 2 months and I probably shouldn’t consider that such a major achievement…. :P

    • Thank you! As someone who doesn’t have a green thumb, that’s a pretty big achievement in my book :)

  • Wendie Schneider

    Love succulents! One of the only things I can keep alive! LOL!

    • Same! It’s nice to know I’m not TOTALLY helpless in the plant department, haha.

  • Christina Nesbitt Shoemaker

    This is adorable! I don’t have any succulents in my home but I need to get some!

    • Thanks, Christina! You definitely should! The pots are so easy to make and the succulents are extremely low maintenance!

  • Love it! The lighting in my office is TERRIBLE but to try and bring a little “life” to my desk, I bought some fake succulents and even though they aren’t real, they still bring some greenery and beauty and since succulents already look kind of fake, they’re perfect but I’d love some real ones too!

    • Love that idea! I like to spruce up my desk with fun things like that too :) You should get some real ones as well, they’re so easy to take care of!

  • Oooh this is so pretty!!

  • This is so cute! I should try this and I like that it doesn’t need a lot of maintenance. Thanks for sharing :))

    • You definitely should give it a try! Thanks for reading, Rosalyn!

  • I have only one cactus, his name is Barty, but I do love having him around :)

    • Hahaha I love that! I feel inspired to name all of my succulents now!

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    We JUST moved in to a house with succulents lining the backyard fence but it’s a mess and I want to regrow them – so this post is PERFECT. I hope they transplant well because I want to do cute pots like you did. Thanks for the tips!

    • They do! You can pack in the soil around them to arrange them however you want. So happy to hear this is helpful for you! I can’t wait to see how yours turn out!

  • Sarah Jean

    I’ve been in love with succulents for a long time now. I’m nervous to try this because I didn’t seem to be born with a green thumb but would sure love for someone to make it for me!

    • I was nervous too (I definitely don’t have a green thumb) but it ended up being so much easier than I expected!

  • Tiffany Austin

    What a beautiful gift idea! Love it! Absolutely beautiful!

  • So pretty! I am not a garden type person. My boyfriend deals with all of the yard work,etc at our house. I have plants before though and I did fairly well with keeping them alive.

    • Thanks, Mistle! I don’t have a green thumb at all but these are super low maintenance, so they’re right up my alley!

  • I LOVE succulents!! You’ve made such a beautiful display.

  • Elle Schott

    I have always wanted to have succulents in my home but i hardly have any natural lighting in my apartment so i am afraid that they would die because they would not get enough sunlight :(

    • They actually don’t need too much sunlight! I keep mine on the kitchen counter (out of the natural light) and they’re still thriving!

  • Aileen (Aileen Cooks)

    Your succulent garden turned out beautifully. I haven’t made one, but my husband is really into growing succulents.

    • Thank you, Aileen! So awesome that he enjoys growing them! I think it’s such a calming activity!

  • Myra

    I love succulents!!! Yours look beautiful :)

  • You nailed it! I love that it’s got a pop of pink too. So pretty!

    • Thank you! The pop of color was the first item I picked for my succulent garden :)

  • Adaleta Avdic

    What a cool, unique post. Loving this! xx

  • This is so cute!! Since I can’t keep plants alive to save my life, maybe this is the way to go. ;)

    • I usually can’t either, Julie! This is definitely the way to go!

  • Amanda | Maple Alps

    This is so perfect. Now my only task is to keep them alive…. I seriously have a black thumb! *cries*

    • Thanks, Amanda! If I can keep them alive, you can too :)

  • Love it!!! I spotted some beautiful succulents at Home Depot the other day. Think I’m inspired now to buy them and plant them! Thanks!

    • So happy to hear that, Caroline! Go for it! I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  • I always love these things when I see them and want to have my own. I did not really know much about them though, so thanks so much for sharing all the info!

    • They’re so easy to make! I hope you’re able to put one together soon :)

  • I LOVE succulents! This is such a cute little garden. :3
    Fun fact: I killed a cactus once… It literally deflated (wut?!) so I’ve been too nervous to try and keep any plants alive since haaha.

    Christie’s Take on Life. xx

    • Thanks, Christie! Taking care of plants is seriously an art! I’ve been doing a good job keeping the succulents alive so far, so maybe give it a try again :)

  • Molly

    Succulents are my favorite, since I cannot seem to keep any other kind of plants alive :( I love this garden and definitely want to try making my own soon!

    • Me too! These seem to be the only ones I keep alive as well, haha. Let me know how it goes when you make yours!

  • I love succulents, but for whatever reason, mine keep getting REALLY tall- too tall for that type of plant. I don’t know what it is.
    However, I do want to switch the soil to succulent soil, because I know that would be better for them.

    • How strange! I wonder if it’s the type of succulent you picked up? Maybe try getting a variety for your garden next time!

  • Abby Grajewski

    I love succulents! I am drawn to them like a moth to a flame. Seriously, if I see them out of the corner of my eye at a store, I have to go look. But, for some reason I have never made my own succulent garden. I will making one soon!

    • They’re the best! If I knew how easy it was to make them I would’ve started making them a long time ago!

  • Your succulent garden looks so good! What a fun way to make a big change in the home.

    • Thanks, Naya! It definitely helps add some personality to the place :)

  • Ashleigh

    This garden is so perfect! I recently bought a few succulents but have yet to do much with them. This is great inspiration, thank you for sharing!

    • Thank you! I hope you’re able to put a little garden together yourself – it’s so much fun!

  • Bree Hogan

    I love succulents but I don’t have such a great green thumb. Gotta work on that!

    • They’re perfect for people who don’t have green thumbs – I don’t either and mine are still kicking!

  • I’ve been dying to try my hand at a succulent garden! Totally DON’T have a green thumb, but how hard can it be??? :) Thanks so much for the info!

    • I don’t either so these have been perfect for me (and would be for you too)! Thanks for reading, Jessica!

  • NOWWWWWW i know why I killed my succulents last summer!! I was watering them every day lol!!

    • Oh no! They’re incredibly low maintenance so don’t need a lot of water. You should give them another try!

  • This looks absolutely amazing! I love succulents!

  • Thank you for posting this, you broke it down so simple. I have the cutest yellow pot I have been wanting to put a succulent garden in but have put it off. Thanks for sharing !

    • Thanks for reading, Danielle! It’s super easy so you’ll definitely have to give it a try and fill that yellow pot of yours :)

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    Thanks for the list a materials needed to make a succulent garden! I have not made one yet but I will definitely reference this post when I do! Where did you find the white pots with details shown in the photos above?

    • Thanks, Elizabeth! I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did! The pot I used was from Home Depot.

  • Hannah Farrell

    Will totally be making one of these! Im obsessed with succulents! Thanks for sharing!

  • That turned out so cute! I will definitely have to give this a go :) Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you! It’s so easy and a lot of fun to put together, I hope you enjoy!

  • La Jolla Mom

    I have tons of these. Love succulents!

  • Ruthie Ridley

    This is so cool! I would want like 10 of these!!!!!

    • Right?! I think I’m going to make a lot of smaller ones for gifts this year. It’s so easy and a lot of fun to put together!

  • These look so easy to make, and the final product looks great! Love that you chose a plant with flowers on it because they just brighten everything up. Now I want to make one!

    • Thanks, Lisa! The pop of pink was the first thing I picked out to add in :)

  • Such a cute and quick DIY! That looks so pretty, thanks for the tips I am going to try this soon-ish!
    xx, Kusum |

    • Yay! You’ll have to let me know how it turns out :)

  • Lauren Norton

    So cute! I had no idea there was specific soil for succulents and cacti! Shows how much of a green thumb I have! How much light do succulents need? I have been wanting to make a succulent garden but my apartment is very dark – light doesn’t come in much from outside so I haven’t been able to have plants…

    • Thanks, Lauren! I don’t have much of a green thumb either but these I can handle! They don’t need much natural light so you should be ok to give it a try!