Psst – this succulent container garden isn’t really stone!

This DIY Succulent Planter looks like stone, but here’s the secret – it’s made from a ball of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam and stone-like paint. Brilliant and easy, and thank you to designer Kathleen George for sharing her tutorial to make this Succulent Container Garden. If you prefer real succulents, no worries — Kathleen also shows you how to plant real succulents in this container garden. The planter is made with a large, 10” ball, and you can easily adapt this to smaller sizes. A 4” ball would be just right for a single succulent — perfect for party favors.

DIY this succulent container garden from a foam ball! It's really not made from stone. Amazing. CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Faux Stone Succulent Planter, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 10” ball, or other size of your choice
  • Foam-safe stone-like spray paint (Kathleen used Make It Stone!® from Krylon; read the label carefully to be sure it’s safe for foam.)
  • Succulents, live or faux
  • Planting mix for cactus/succulents
  • Optional: Deer moss, stones, shells, and other natural embellishments
  • Thin bodied, white craft glue (if using faux succulents)
  • Tools needed: Serrated knife, large; sharp pencil; tablespoon

To make a Faux Stone Planter for live succulents:

  1. Cut a thin slice from the bottom of the foam ball so that the planter will stay in place and not roll.
  2. Cut a larger slice on an angle from the top of the ball.
  3. Score a ring 1” in from the edge all around the top using a sharp pencil. With the spoon and serrated knife, carve out the center of the ball till you have an opening that’s about 4” deep.
  4. Carefully follow the instructions on the can, and spray the outside of the planter with stone-like paint. Let dry.
  5. Fill the hole with slightly dampened cactus planting medium.
  6. Plant your succulents and water sparingly.
  7. Optional: embellish with stones, shells, or other natural elements.
Beautiful planter, and it's really not stone! It's foam! Make it over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Kathleen planted faux succulents in her container, but you can use real succulents, too.

To make a Faux Stone Planter for faux succulents:

  1. Follow Steps 1 & 2 above.
  2. Score a ring ¾” – 1” in from the edge all around the top using a sharp pencil. With the spoon and serrated knife, carve out the center of the ball till you have an opening that’s about 1/2” deep.
  3. Carefully follow the instructions on the can, and spray the outside of the planter with stone-like paint. Let dry.
  4. Spread white glue over the opening and sprinkle with cactus planting medium. Press down with your fingers to secure. Let glue dry and shake over a trashcan to remove loose particles.
  5. Insert stems of faux succulents into the planter.
  6. Optional: embellish with stones, shells, or other natural elements.

When I made my Vintage Book Succulent Planters earlier this year, I made it both ways, too — one version with real succulents, and the other with faux.

These Vintage Book Planters are adorable, and super-easy, too. Really, make them in just an hour or two. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Faux succulents on the left; the “real” succulents are on the right.

How do you feel about using faux plants? Are you in the camp of “it’s real or nothing” or do you think it’s o.k. to sometimes use faux?

Craft on!

Sharon

 

 

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6 Responses to Psst – this succulent container garden isn’t really stone!

  1. LisaM6 says:

    What a great look. Reminds of all the spendy goodies the gardening shows are showing.

    • Sharon says:

      So true — so much inspiration on those shows, but the fun is in figuring out a knock off, isn’t it? So glad you like it. The stone paint comes in different colors, too, so there are lots of possibilities. Happy crafting & gardening. Sharon

  2. This is ADORABLE!! I’m so happy I signed up with you and really look forward to seeing all your wonderful ideas! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas.

  3. This is awesome!! I really need to get some succulents so that I can make some of these!! I think they would make awesome Thank You gifts when going to bbqs and Christmas gifts too! Thanks for the inspiration~

    • Sharon says:

      I agree, this would make a great gift, especially in a smaller size. The succulents are pretty easy care, and some can make it through a tough winter, too. I hope you do give them a try — I found WalMart had a nice selection around here. Thanks so much for stopping in, Barb. Sharon

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