DIY Succulent Centerpiece

Good morning guys!  I have a really fun, simple and cheap project to share with y’all today.  I have been wanting to do a fun centerpiece for my dining room.  I paired my love of succulents and my love of wood and this is what I came up with!  Check out my DIY Succulent Centerpiece…

DIY Centerpiece with Succulents by Shanty2Chic

How cute, huh?  I love it.  And really it works anywhere… Not just as a centerpiece.  This is super simple to make.  You might have the scraps lying around (if your scrap pile is a monstrosity like mine 😉 )

You will need a 1x4x8 pine or white wood board first.  I used white wood which makes this board about $5. Here are the cuts I made…

wood for planter

Next step is adding your holes.  I used this hole saw bit by Ryobi that you can find at Home Depot.

The bit has a small point on the end of it making it really easy to find where you want to drill the hole accurately.

Ryobi Hole Cutting Bit

I put a scrap board under one of my 34″ pieces and started drilling my holes.  I made mine 4″ apart center to center.

Ryobi Drill and Hole Cutting Bit

Cutting holes for centerpiece

After drilling 7, it looked like this.  I used my sander to soften the edges just a bit.

top of planter

Next, I added my two 7″ pieces to each end.  I did this by first adding a line of Gorilla Wood Glue.

Gorilla Wood Glue

Then, I used a bar clamp to hold the sides in place.

Clamp top to sides

I used my Ryobi AirStrike brad nailer to attach these pieces using 1.25″ brad nails.

Ryobi Brad Nailer

After attaching both of those I flipped the piece over and attached the other 34″ piece using glue and my nail gun again.

Attach top to sides using brad nailer

I wanted to give the centerpiece a more substantial look, so I cut a piece of 2×6 wood at 36″ and attached the box to it using wood glue and my nailer.

Base of Planter

Nail box to bottom

Now for the finish.  First, I stained the whole thing with Varathane Weathered Gray stain.

Weathered Gray Wood Stain

After that dried, I put a coat of Rust-Oleum Chalked paint in Linen White over the whole thing.

Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint

After that dried, I used my Corner Cat sander over the entire piece to give it a distressed weathered look.  LOVE the results.

Now for the succulents!  This planter holds mini clay pots perfectly as well.  That was my original plan until I ran across these little votives at Hobby Lobby for $.77 a piece… Yes, please.

Small Glass Votive from Hobby Lobby

I filled each one with a few river rocks first…

Planting Succulents

Then I used a potting mix for succulents and added a plant to each cup.  I LOVE how they look in the glass and how little I have to water them 😉

Shanty2Chic DIY Centerpiece

So… What do you think?

DIY Dining Room Centerpiece by Shanty2Chic

DIY Centerpiece with Succulents by Shanty2Chic

DIY Succulent Centerpiece

Hope you love it as much as I do!

Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂  I would LOVE for you to share this and Pin it with all your peeps.

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Have a great day!

Whitney