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!


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    1. ?????Use the plans at www. for this project like I did – highly recommended you check those out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha


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  1. What an amazing centerpiece! I especially love how open it is! It’s beautiful, yet allows for conversation across the table. Great tutorial!

  2. I didn’t know Kreg had a bar clamp! I need one of those! Thanks for sharing! Stay awesome!

  3. So cute, i can’t wait to get moved and everything in it’s place so i can build one for my long farm table. I also love the stain, exactly what I’m looking for. Thanks for sharing and the inspiration. ( =

    1. Thank you Rachel! Here is a link to it!

  4. It must be so rewarding to walk around your pretty home and see all the things you’ve created yourself. Love the great idea of using votives!

    1. Thank you! It’s the Fulton chandelier by Hinkley Lighting and I found it at Bellacor lighting! Here is a link…