Stacked DIY Succulent Planter

If you’re looking for garden ideas that are easy to maintain, this DIY succulent planter is for you! Even black thumb gardeners can keep this one alive.

I was gifted a beautiful bunch of succulents and I wanted to do something a little creative with them. I noticed that succulents in Home Depot were about $5-6 each which I thought was expensive. But I found this 20-pack of live plants for $25 online, that seems like a good deal.

A tiered planter was what I came up with and it’s so easy to put together. Easy is my theme this summer. I’m not planning any major projects. Instead, I am puttering and making simple changes. There is something to be said for puttering.


To make this DIY succulent planter, start with three garden pots in graduated sizes. Keep in mind, the bigger the size difference the more room you’ll have for planting. Make sure they have drainage holes in the center. I used terracotta pots I already had.

Fill the largest pot up with potting soil and stack the medium pot on top of it. Next, you will need some kind of dowel to insert through the middle to keep them lined up. You’ll want to have a saucer under your bottom pot. This is to keep the dowel from coming through the bottom when you pick up your planter.

I used a bamboo plant stake. I have a package of those that I use as garden stakes. You could use a wooden dowel or even use a thin tree branch if it’s straight enough to get through the planters.


Fill the medium, pot with soil and add the small pot on top. Cut your wooden dowel or stake down so that it’s lower than the top of your smallest pot.


Then begin adding your succulents.


I used a mix of large and small plants.


As with any garden planter, I like to have some plants that will drape over the sides. I am not very familiar with succulent varieties. However, I do know that the one that looks like beads is called string of pearls.


As for the rest, I would not be able to name them specifically.

But I do love how this turned out! One tip for succulents is not to water them with a hose. If water sits on the petals for too long they will start to turn black. I found that out the hard way.

I’m going to place this one on my patio table, under the umbrella to protect it from rainfall.


You probably know that succulents are also referred to as air plants, because they require so little maintenance.

Just water them occasionally and they should do well! These work equally well for indoor gardens.


  1. This stacked succulent planter is not only visually stunning but also a great space-saving solution. Your step-by-step instructions and clear photos make it seem so achievable, even for someone like me who isn’t naturally gifted in the DIY department. Thank you for sharing this lovely project. I can’t wait to try it out and add a touch of greenery to my home decor!

    1. Thank you, Anna. I’m glad you liked it!

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