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

by on Nov 5, 2013

Brittni Mehlhoff

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

A woman repaints a small white planter a modern blue color.Brittni Mehlhoff


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.

A person putting a flower on a white shelf.Brittni Mehlhoff

"A simple Modern Succulent Planter"Brittni Mehlhoff

Succulent in a blue planter near a terracotta colored wall.Brittni Mehlhoff

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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