I love coming up with waste material craft ideas. Recycling materials and trash to treasure projects are not only good for the environment, but they’re also free craft supplies too. This simple mini succulent planter is made out of a tin can and succulent cuttings. It looks super cute and would make an adorable little succulent favour or gift.
What we used to make our tin can succulent planter.
- Tin Can
- Baby Succulent Cuttings
- Small Piece of Landscape Fabric
- A small piece of Moss Sheet
- Succulent Compost and Small Stones for Drainage
The baby succulent cuttings came from another waste material craft we’ve made. Our Succulent Hedgehog Planter lives in our herb garden and is producing lots of baby hen and chick plants as you can see in the photo below. These babies can be pulled off and will happily put down roots once transplanted to their new home.
One material used in the project that you may not have is the craft moss sheet (Amazon). An alternative would be using fabric such as burlap or felt.
How to make our mini succulent tuna can planter.
Make a few holes in the base of a shallow tin can for drainage.
Trace around the tin can on to the moss sheet and cut out.
Draw a heart shape on to the moss circle and cut out.
Stick the moss sheet template on to the landscaping fabric and trim.
Cut slits into the landscaping fabric to plant the succulent cuttings through.
Add some gravel to the base on the tuna tin for drainage, and fill with the compost. And glue the moss sheet and landscaping fabric into place.
Plant the baby succulent cuttings through the slits. The little plants may not have roots so just push the base into the soil, so they sit firm. They will soon put out roots now they are no longer attached to their parent plant.
Succulent plants prefer to be kept on the dry side. I moistened the compost I used for this project before I started so won’t water it again for at least a week. When I do come to water it, I’ll gently spoon just a couple of teaspoons of water over the plants and let it soak in.
For some larger scale succulent planter ideas, check out our Succulent and Moss Toadstool and our Succulent Christmas Tree. And for some more fab waste material craft ideas why not try making our Colourful, Recycled Gift Bows or our Easy Recycled Magazine Basket.