Fun, Cheap and Easy Succulent Centerpieces – Great for a Wedding or other event!

I’ve been looking for ideas for succulent centerpieces and containers to put all my lovely succulents in. A few weeks ago I saw this fun post by Victoria at A Subtle Revelry on how to make colored sand. She also happened to use succulents in her pieces so naturally I was drawn to the post. I had found some cute glass votives at the dollar store and wanted to use them for a succulent centerpiece but wasn’t really sure what to do. Once I saw this post I was inspired! 

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Rather than repeat Victoria’s steps for making the sand, I’ll let you stop by her amazing blog and follow her directions. It is a simple enough process, but her instructions are great. You can also buy colored sand if you’d rather not make your own.

Use colored sand, succulents and glass votives to make a simple centerpiece in minutes!

The hardest part for me was deciding what color of sand to do and how saturated I should have the colors. Oh, also, in case you were wondering… I do not live near a beach so I had to buy sand. Fortunately the dollar store near me is always stocked with awesome things. You can purchase succulent cuttings from The Succulent Source.

Once I decided the colors, I made up the sand, waited for it to dry, filled my little votives and added the succulents! I have to say I think they turned out pretty cute! If you were thinking about using succulent centerpieces for your wedding, you may want to consider doing something like this. Each piece ended up costing about $1.20 or less ($0.50 for the votive which came in a 2-pack, a minimal amount for the sand and food coloring, and about $0.60 for the succulent cutting).

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One thing to note… your succulent is not likely to thrive very long in this cute little centerpiece. While it may last for a few months (watering a tiny amount once a week: you don’t want water to build up), your succulent will be happiest if transplanted after a little while to a pot that has more room for it to grow.

11 Responses to Fun, Cheap and Easy Succulent Centerpieces – Great for a Wedding or other event!

  1. So I’m going to call my husband and tell him that we need to have another wedding ASAP, just so that I can make these kind of centerpieces! lol They’re so simple and so beautiful. ♥

  2. Hello Cassidy,

    Thanks for introducing this very interesting project. I think it is highly achievable and highly decorative.. brilliant! I would love to make one myself :-D I will be popping by to Victoria’s site to see how she makes the sand after leaving a reply here.

    Btw, if you have the time, see my little project in link below. It’s easy to make also. Maybe you can make one with succulents ;-)


    • Thanks for sharing the link! I’ll have to see if I have any succulents that would be moldable like that. Not sure, but it would definitely be fun! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Hi Cassidy, I’m new to your blog and was ready some of the old posts. I’ve been in love with succulents since my grandma introduced me to them as a child – a long time ago! When you were propagating your leaves, you said to water frequently but how did you water them? With a mist? and how frequently? Trying to catch up. Thanks for any info. GREAT site! Thanks, Shelby

  4. Picked up my first succulent this weekend and have been searching for information about how to care for it and came across your great site. I love the colored sand idea – I was wondering if the succulents will absorb any of the food coloring sort of like putting a stalk of celery in colored water will move colored water through the stalk.

    • Congratulations! I didn’t actually leave the plants in the colored sand for very long, just a couple days. So, I’m not sure if it would actually affect the plants long term. They probably won’t thrive very well in just the sand, but it’s worth a try! If you are doing a larger container, you could plant the succulents in a water bottle or smaller pot and then place that in the sand (so the smaller pot doesn’t show), that way it won’t be affected by the food coloring. Good luck! I’d love to see photos when you are done!

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