Succluents in Upcycled Jars

succulents in a jar

If you’re a regular around here, you know I’m a jar hoarder. I can’t help myself. But I’m happy to part with them if it’s for a good cause, like an awesome mother’s day present. Behold:

mother's day DIY gift

Super cute, no? I was hoping to get my nephew’s hand print on these bad boys, but getting an 8 month old to NOT put a paint covered hand in his mouth was impossible. Footprints were easier… not easy, but easier. However, you can make this craft whether or not you’ve got a cute baby to hang with.

You will need:

  • Glass jars (I used a salsa jar, a peanut butter jar, and a pasta sauce jar)
  • Spray primer and paint (I love Kilz spray primer and Rustoleum spray paint)
  • Cactus, Palm, & Citrus soil
  • Small rocks (either from outside or the craft section of a dollar store)
  • Succulents
succulents in upcycle jars - mason jar succulent planter

How to:

  1. To get the labels off the jars I just soaked them in soapy hot water, then once they were dry I sprayed one coat of primer and 2 coats of paint on them (I used Aqua by Rustoleum, leftover from my DIY sunburst mirror).
  2. I bought 7 or 8 different succulent plants at Walmart then took them apart very gently to separate each branch
  3. Cover the bottom of your jar with rocks, then add some cactus soil
  4. Arrange your succulents in the jar then fill in your empty spaces with more soil
  5. Lightly water

The cute baby foot is optional.

And actually, the spray paint is too. I made one for myself and took the label off the jar but left it clear glass- I really like the look of the rocks and soil.

The best part? Succulents are very easy to keep alive- they love sunlight and only need to be watered 2-3 times a month in the summer and every other month in the winter.

succulents in a jar
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