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Succulent dish gardens make easy and inexpensive gifts.  This DIY succulent dish garden is made with supplies found at the dollar store for a quick and easy gardening project.

This DIY succulent dish garden is made with supplies found at the dollar store for a quick and easy gardening project. Learn how to plant this easy garden which can be used indoor or outdoor. Succulents are great gift ideas!

I love the idea of growing plants and vegetables.  Unfortunately, I have somewhat of a black thumb.

Growing plants in the desert means they need constant watering.  If a plant calls for watering once a week, I'll need to water it once a day.

Eventually I get tired of all the watering and the poor plants die.  But succulents are perfect for our hot weather and my lazy watering schedule.

Easy DIY Succulent Garden

Most of the supplies needed to make a succulent garden can be picked up at the dollar store making these an inexpensive gift.  Succulents can be found in most garden departments of big box stores or a local nursery.


4 Pack Plastic Bowls (Found at Dollar Tree)
Soil (Found at Dollar Tree) or this soil for succulents
Succulents (from a local nursery)
Krylon flat black spray paint
Black Decorative Sand (Dollar Tree in floral dept)

DIY Succulent Garden

Lay out a bowl on a flat surface in a well ventilated area outside. Lay the bowl open side down and spray with black spray paint in a downward motion. Allow to dry for 10 minutes in between each coat.

Succulent Garden Container


To get the perfect coverage black I was aiming for took a total of 3 coats and I was very happy with the results. Allow to dry for 20 minutes after all coats are applied before you start planting.

DIY Succulent Garden dollar tree soil

Once the bowl is dried turn it over and fill it up with soil, making sure to pat down firmly. Add a little bit of water to the soil to help it settle in together.

DIY Succulent Garden dollar tree plant

Next grab the succulent plants and start planting. I planted a few succulents in different heights and shapes to give it a fun and unique look. You can also find succulents in different colors for an even prettier garden.


Easy Succulent Garden

Once you are  happy with the way the plants are placed, add the black decorative sand and cover the soil for a more zen look. And that's it!

The garden will need bright, indirect sunlight for 4-6 hours each day.  Turn the dish every week or two to make sure all the plants get light.

Water the garden when the soil is completely dry and the leaves of the plants are not plump anymore.  Because the bowl doesn't have any drainage, tip the bowl to drain off excess water to avoid rot in the roots.

Your succulent dish garden is ready for giving or to brighten up your home.

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22 comments on “DIY Succulent Dish Garden

  1. Very pretty. I like the idea of spray painting to get the pot or bowl colour you want!

    Thanks fr sharing at #bloggerspotlight

  2. I wanted you to know that I featured this project on the Create Link INspire party that you linked up to. It’s such a great DIY. Thanks for including it.

  3. I’ve been trying to find succulents at my Dollar Tree for two years! I need to be there when they unload the truck. Thank you for sharing with us at the Merry Monday party! We always look forward to your creativity.

  4. Loving this, you did a great job! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the DI & DI Link Party, loved seeing an sharing it.

  5. I do not have a green thumb, put I can grow succulents! Pinned
    Thank you for sharing at the Creative Muster. Robin | Fluster Buster

  6. I love the Dollar Tree and also succulents. Good job!

  7. Lovely bowl of succulents! Great idea! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Janet

  8. I love succulents so your post has inspired me. Thank you for sharing with us at #OvertheMoon Link up. I’ve pinned and shared.

  9. How creative.. it has turned out really awesome! Thanks for joining us at the Family joy blog Linkup Party! Pinned! xoxo

  10. Judy Brusselback on said:

    What a clever idea. I was at a craft show where some one was selling every kind of succulent imaginable. I wish I had loaded up.

  11. They look so elegant in those black bowls! Clever Camille! Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday!


  12. Wow such a fun and awesome DIY!!

  13. Succulents really are perfect for people who don’t like to fuss their plants too much! This bargain planter looks great, such a clever idea. I would add a layer of small stones or gravel under your compost just to make sure your plants don’t sit in water at all as they really hate that – though from what you say about infrequent watering maybe that won’t be a problem for you!

  14. That’s adorable! I love a frugal craft that looks expensive. Thanks for posting!

  15. I love this idea! Forget gifting it, I am going to make one for myself. Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. LOVE how simple and cheap this is to make! I love the Dollar Tree!!! 🙂

  17. Hi there
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Saturday Spotlight post this week!

    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  18. I LOVE succulents – one of my favorite types of plants!! And – this is such a clever idea to paint the bowls… I now have LOTS of ideas brewing in my head 🙂 This came out beautiful!

    Thanks for linking up to our Small Victories Sunday linky – glad to be following you now!

  19. Are we on the same wavelength? I just made a succulent terrarium. Love this idea!!

  20. Ooh, I love this idea! I have a black thumb too and need greenery that doesn’t require so much care and water.