DIY Tiered Succulent Planter

DIY tiered succulent planterIt’s not every day you come up with a good planter idea.

And since I’ve been making the rounds to the 99 cent store a lot lately, while I walked through their isles and saw a few pots and houseware items, this DIY succulent planter idea popped up.

And I knew I had to make it. This indoor succulent planter idea is probably one of the planters I’ve created that I’m most proud of. I mean, just look at it. It looks like something you buy at the store that’s made of plastic.

But nope. It’s real alright!

And today I’m gonna teach you how you can make your own at home.

DIY Indoor succulent planter supplies

For this planter, you’ll definitely need a few tools and materials.

I’ve created a complete ‘how to’ section at the bottom of the post where you can scroll to for quick directions. Here I’ll lay out what I went through to get the results you see!

For this DIY planter I used:

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How to make your DIY succulent planter

DIY tiered succulent planter supplies

First you’ll want to make sure you spray paint your metal planters the same color. I chose white because I think it looks elegant and can even pass up for a bit of a ‘chic farmhouse look.’

But you can definitely choose whatever color you want that you think will go along with your decor best (light turquoise spray paint is also a gorgeous color for this!)

If you’re using the spray paint brand I did you’ll only need to wait about 30 minutes for the paint to dry completely. I highly recommend it. When you use it you don’t even need to use two coats if you don’t want to.

The paint is thick enough for one good coat.

Once you do that, next you want to take your drill bit and create a hole in the middle of the bottoms of each planter. To find the middle, I used a ruler to create a cross with a sharpie while measuring the diameter vertically and horizontally.

Wherever my sharpie lines crossed is where I’d drill the hole. If you don’t have a drill go ahead and use a nail and hammer.

That works just as well too. You’ll have to eye the size of the hole to make sure the center parts you’ll use off your cupcake stand will fit through well to where they can be screwed into each other.

Then you’ll want to tie your bows onto your planters. There’s really no real order when this needs to be done, just as long as it’s after you’ve painted your planters (pretty self explanatory).

A not on the dessert (or cupcake stand)

This dessert stand cost me abut $5 at my local 99 cent store! It wasn’t expensive at all and it was a good size.

Once you open it, you’ll want to discard the center plates it uses and keep everything else it comes with. You’re basically putting together the cupcake stand the same way except with different center plates (aka your painted planters).

Easy and genius right?

DIY tiered succulent planter

Once you’ve drilled your holes and painted your planters, it’s time to start putting together the stand!

Screw in the first part of your dessert stand to your wider bottom planter (like the image above) and THEN start adding in your succulents. I used about 7-8 succulents in the bottom portion and the dirt they came in was enough so that I didn’t need to pack in any extra.

Then you can screw in your top planter and start adding your second set of succulents (anywhere form 3-5).

DIY tiered succulent planter supplies and directions

Once you’ve screwed on the top final piece of the dessert stand you’re good to go.

Congrats, you’ve got yourself a DIY tiered succulent planter!

I LOVE simple ideas like this that you can make yourself (and only for a few dollars). This planter can definitely be a statement homemade gift idea you don’t really see anywhere else.

DIY tiered succulent planter

Some more plant ideas and resources

I’m slowly filling the blog with lots of indoor plant ideas and posts. I just love them too much to not write about them and add them into the blog as crafts and decor ideas.

Here are a few more you can check out:

How To Care For Your Indoor Plants: A Complete Guide

Easy 5 Min. DIY Succulent Planter Idea

Pin It To Your Favorite Succulents Pinterest Board!

DIY tiered succulent planter

DIY Tiered Succulent Planter

Make this cute tiered succulent planter to decorate any part of your home!


  • 7-10 Small succulents
  • 1 Tiered dessert stand from the 99 cent store (dollar store)
  • 1 Electric drill with a drill bit (OR regular sized nail and hammer)
  • 1 White spray paint can
  • 4 35 inch. pieces of twine
  • 1 Screwdriver
  • Scissors
  • Ruler (optional)
  • Extra soil (optional if succulent soil not enough)
  • 1 Medium sized wide metal planter
  • 1 Small metal planter (easily found at dollar stores)


  • First you'll want to use your ruler to find the middle of the bottoms of your metal planters and using your drill to create a hole through the center of both. If you don't have a drill you can also simply use a nail and hammer to create the center hole, that works too.
  • Then you'll want to spray paint your planters white, and wait about 20-30 minutes (or as per the directions on your specific spray can) for them to dry (wait a full day for them to dry if you really want to be sure the paint is settled).
  • Once your planters are dry, use the parts of the tiered dessert stand and screw them into the center of your FIRST wider planter as if you were putting your tiered stand together (see pictures above) and using all the parts of the center stand to make sure it's nice and stable (especially the metal and foam washers it comes with).
  • Once you've put it together, you can start adding in your succulents and arrange them to your liking. I fit about 5 small succulents on the first tier. You can add a bit of water to settle the succulents in.
  • Once the first tier is arranged how you want it, go ahead and screw in the smaller second planter into the center post (that should have already been screwed in before adding your succculents) and secure tightly with the top metal center piece of the dessert stand.
  • You can now add your second set of succulents to the top planter. I added about 4 small succulents to the top. Add a bit of water to settle the succulents.
  • Go ahead and take two 35 inch pieces of twine and use them to tie bows around each planter. I like to make sure I tie the twine into a knot where I want it centered FIRST and then tie the bow second for a more secure bow.
  • And voila! You should have a brand new succulent planter you're ready to show off in your home!


You can find small dessert stands (or sometimes referred to as cupcake stands) at your local 99 cent stores (or dollar stores) to create this project. If you can't seem to find them there, your second best bet is either Michael's craft store or Amazon, though they might be a bit pricier there.
Happy crafting!

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