How to Make a Modern Succulent Planter for $2 or Less

How to Make a Modern Succulent Planter for $2 or Less

Using plumbing pieces in unique shapes, you can create inexpensive planters and vases just in time for the holidays. Great for centerpieces on a dining room table, sitting on a decorative shelf, or as hostess’ gifts for holiday parties and alike. The best part of this DIY though, is the cost, with each finished planter coming in under $2 (or around $5 if you include the succulent in the cost), this easy craft project won’t break the bank. Click through to find out how to make your own.


You may recognize these finished planters from the Lowe's Deck the Halls event I recently took part in, along with Gabriel from ManMade. We ended up needing some last minute vases and pots for plants and this is the solution I came up with as a result. 


1. PVC plumbing pieces in various shapes *I found that the PVC sewer and drain adapter had the most interesting shape. Drain cups work great too, and won't require an extra container on the inside before planting succulents.

2. Acrylic paint

3. Paint brush

4. Sandpaper

5. (not pictured) Small container that fits inside PVC plumbing pieces


1. Remove any stickers and labels from piping before getting started.

2. Then rough up the exterior surface with sandpaper to give the paint something to grab onto. This will help your paint adhere to the surface.

3. Next, using a small or medium sized paint brush, paint the entire piece. There is no need for primer since the surface you’ll be painting is already white.

4. Finish up with an additional coat of paint if necessary and touch up any areas that may need it.

5. Once dry, place a small container inside. Add potting soil, if necessary, and succulents or water and fresh flowers.

Tip: Look for plumbing pieces with interesting shapes that have a sculptural look. And don’t forget to choose sizes that will fit the live plants or succulents that you plan to use.

Choose seasonal paint colors to freshen things up for the fall and winter months or keep them minimal, without any paint for a modern, utilitarian look.

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Brittni Mehlhoff on Nov 21, 2013:

Danielle - there is a shallow glass container that is resting inside the piping. You could use a small juice glass, etc - whatever will fit. Unfortunately, I was unable to snap a photo of that part as I was creating the project.

Aidel- I used sandpaper on the PVC before painting and went with an interior flat wall paint from Lowe's. It worked well for me. So my answer would be yes. 

Syd - I purchased PVC plumbing pieces from my local Lowe's and they were indeed less than $2 each (there were some that cost more, but that's not what I bought). I already had the other materials on hand (paint, brush, sandpaper, small glass - which could be anything you have already like a small juice cup, etc) and assume that many others would also have these items on hand. But if those other materials did need to be purchased, you could make at least 10 of these (depending on the sizes) with 2 sample jars of paint, a brush, and one pack of sandpaper. 

Danielle on Nov 18, 2013:

It's not clear as to What holds the plant at the bottom?

Aidel.K on Nov 18, 2013:

Does any kind of paint stick to the plastic? I like the idea that this cachepot doesn't have a bottom that traps water--those so often kill the plants by drowning them.

Syd on Nov 18, 2013:

Serioulsy, 2.00 or less? The pipe alone at my HD is over 5 dollars. Add paint and sandpaper.....an inner container.....I am curious where you gor the pipe and how this comes in at 2bucks or less?

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