You Can Plant Succulents in a Cupcake Stand

I bought a cupcake stand last year because it was a good deal and I thought it was super cute. I especially liked the little swirls that made the baskets. It seemed so playful. When I got this last batch of cuttings to make my succulent wreath I had some left over so I was trying to figure out something creative that I could do with them.

This succulent filled cupcake stand made such a great centerpiece!

I had been keeping the cuttings in the same room as my food styling props and immediately I knew I wanted to do something with the cupcake stand. I had purchased some Spanish moss at the dollar store so I thought I’d try my hand at doing a little arrangement with the stand.

Succulent Cuttings in a Cupcake Stand - Succulents and Sunshine

I had a lot of fun making mini arrangements in each basket. Something I heard recently about arranging pots is the phrase “thriller, filler, spiller.” I’m not totally sure where I heard the phrase so if someone recently invented that idea please let me know so I can give them proper credit. I think I may have heard Debra Lee Baldwin use the phrase in one of her videos. Here are some of the succulents I used:

Succulent in a Cupcake Stand for a Table Centerpiece or Decoration - Succulents and Sunshine

Detail Shot of Succulents in a Cupcake Stand - Succulents and Sunshine

Aeonium Kiwi in Cupcake Stand - Succulents and Sunshine

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Anyway, the idea is that a good guideline for arranging pots is to have a plant that has some height (thriller), something to fill in most of the pot (filler), and another plant that hangs over the edge (spiller). I tried to keep that in mind with each individual basket and in the stand as a whole. Overall, I think this turned out pretty cute! It would be fun to mix in some cupcakes too if you were using it for an event such as a wedding or bridal shower. It would make a great table centerpiece!

Colorful Succulent Cuttings in a Cupcake Stand - Succulents and Sunshine

A Variety of Succulents in a Cupcake Stand - Succulents and Sunshine

You could also put the plants in a cupcake-sized container (rather than the Spanish moss) so you can leave the plants in longer. If you did this, it would make it easy to give away the succulents as gifts too! I can imagine a table full of succulents in cute little containers given away at a wedding or business meeting even.

17 Responses to You Can Plant Succulents in a Cupcake Stand

  1. What are those plants hanging down? The ones that look like peas? I’m making a living wreath and that would be perfect!

  2. Hi! I want to use some of my new succulents in a temporary arrangement for an event today. I want to use them sort of just laying on moss, not in a pot. Was just wondering how you do that. Do you just rinse the roots and place them where you want them and replant after the event or what??? I am brand new to succulents and am just not sure what to do.

    • Yes! You can just clean off the roots or you could also cut off the top if the plant, use it for the event and then plant it a day or two later. The succulent will be fine with or without roots for a few days. If you do cut off the top, keep the base with the roots (as well as the part you cut off) as this will grow new heads too.

  3. I saw a cupcake stand for $6.00 and thought of doing exactly the same thing. I thought I had an original idea. 💐

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