DIY Rustic Succulent Decor

Recently I wanted to update my bathroom decor, and thought a little rustic succulent decor would look nice in there. Now I am no expert, and I do not have a green thumb. I am new to succulents also. However, I will share what I used and learned to create my own first little pot of succulents!

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First, of course you will need to chose a pot to plant them in. I did not realize until after doing some research, that succulents needed to be in a draining container. So I had my husband drill two small holes in the bottom of the *rustic metal container I purchased from Amazon. I used a plate I already had to protect my window sills underneath it.

Next, I filled it with potting soil especially made for succulents.  Some people mix soils to create the right environment for their plants. Or you can take the simple route like I did, and purchase *succulent potting soil. I bought *plant food for them too.

DIY rustic succulent decor


You may not know that you can purchase succulents from Amazon. I ordered *a set of five tiny potted succulents and they arrived safely. I actually received seven. In one of the pots there was three tiny plants. However, I have found succulents to be a bit fragile and break easily. I managed to kill the extras sometime after I had made my arrangement. More on that later.

DIY rustic succulent decor  DIY rustic succulent decor

Also I’ve learned that when potting succulents they should be placed above the pot edge. I admittedly struggled with this, and felt like I didn’t get all of them positioned into the soil well. I had interpreted it as planting them above the soil line originally, which isn’t exactly the same. I’ve ended up adding soil more than once. Be careful when manipulating these little guys, they are easy to break!

DIY rustic succulent decor

I arranged my succulents how I thought they would look nice before I actually potted them. It was a little tough getting them out of their little plastic pots.

Another thing I discovered is that people will use small rocks to place on top the soil when they have completed their arrangement. I didn’t really have the money to spend on rocks. However, I have a daughter who likes rocks. I remembered she had some colored ones we had purchased as a souvenir on a trip to Strasburg Railroad for Thomas Day Out. When I asked her, she was fine to share them with me. She and her older brother helped to place the rocks.  Although it’s been changed some from what it was originally.

DIY rustic succulent decor arrangement


The rocks added a nice touch to the arrangement I thought. It gave it a little extra touch to give it more visual appeal. Seashells might be interesting too, if you are a beach-lover.

Learning Curve

Now, I have to admit, my arrangement did not end up working out in my bathroom so far. I noticed the extra succulents struggling, as well as one of the other plants. I tried adding more soil and pushing them into the soil better, but they weren’t improving. So soon after potting them, I ended up moving them to the living room. I was questioning whether they were getting enough sunlight in the bathroom based on what I had read.

DIY rustic succulent decor


After I moved them to the window sill in our living room, those seem to have improved somewhat.  But I have a bit of a brown thumb, and I’ve noticed some of the others having issues too.  Hopefully they can all become happy again. I’m not super-good with plants. But I am reasonably successful at keeping children and animals alive, so two out of three isn’t bad right?

One of my problems with plants is that the things always need watered. Around here, they better hope it rains….I’m terrible with watering. However, succulents are supposed to not need as much water. It’s quite possible I haven’t figured out the balance for them yet. I’ve been afraid of over-watering, but maybe I’m under-doing it? I also just read that you shouldn’t water immediately after re-potting, which I did do…

So…maybe you can learn from my mistakes, and have better luck with your first succulent arrangement. As the saying goes, nothing ventured, nothing gained by Benjamin Franklin, right? We all learn along the way. Best of luck with creating your own rustic succulent decor!

Check out How to Plant a Succulent Bowl from Lowe’s and Succulents and Sunshine for more info about the tips I’ve shared as well as other good stuff on planting succulents.


I am married with three young children. My husband and I are both registered nurses. I like to try new ideas out, and will obsessively research whatever that latest idea is. We like to try different ways to decrease our living costs and save money. My husband is great at building/fixing/diy etc. and figuring out how to implement my new schemes.

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