Sunday, October 16, 2011

DIY: Succulents In Sand

I had a few cylindrical glass vases left over from our wedding (which held my bridesmaid's bouquets) and decided another project was in order.

I saw something similar being sold on Abbot Kinney (in Venice, CA) a few months back for an astronomical amount.  I was able to recreate them for $5.50 each.

Succulents in sand #1.

Succulents in sand #2.

Succulents in sand #3

Succulents in sand #4.

We'll see how they do!  I left the root ball in tact and poured sand all around.  I covered the plants with foil during the sand pouring process (after reading this tutorial) in order to try to keep the sand off the plant.  Then, I used a long soft-bristled paint brush to wipe any stray bits (as best as I could) of sand off the plants.

I'm quite pleased with the outcome.  We'll see how the first watering goes!


  1. Will the plants grow just by the sand alone?

  2. @Mould Remover: I certainly hope so. I left the original root-ball (complete with soil) in tack and surrounded it by the sand. We'll see how things go.

  3. It's been almost a year now and I was curious if the succulents survived? Did you have any problems with them in sand?

    1. The plants are doing *just* okay. They're a little stressed because the sand is very fine which doesn't allow for water to seep down to the rootball very easily. I would recommend sand on the coarse-side if you were thinking of trying this project at home.


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