Succulents in Copper Pots – DIY

Recycling old copper potsI’m seeing copper everywhere in home decor right now and it’s hard not to jump on the band wagon when it looks so pretty and shiny. I couldn’t believe my luck when I found these old copper baking tins at the secondhand store for $3 each. I almost laughed when the lady behind the counter asked me what I was going to bake? Succulents? Haha! Succulent in copper pots I’m not ashamed to admit that I don’t have a green thumb. I’m good at lots of things, but keeping plants alive isn’t one of them. I do like greenery in the house though, so I’ve learned over the years to choose my plants carefully. On the plant tag it describes succulents as ‘the ultimate fashion statement’ and ‘thrives on neglect’. Bingo! I’m excellent at neglecting plants. Succulents need good drainage, so mixing your potty mix with sand is a great idea. Unfortunately, as I said, I don’t have much of an idea when it comes to plants, so I purchased some ready made succulent mix. Repurposing copper pots Before I started planting I gave my new (old) tins a quick clean and polish. I was lucky that they were in really good condition, so they didn’t need much cleaning. Next, I filled the tins with the special succulent soil. You can see from the picture how the soil looks a little sandy. DIY succulents in copper Another great thing about succulents is that you often get more than you pay for. The plants I bought had a few new baby plants growing off to the side. Yay! I split up my succulents and placed them in position, filling in around them with more soil until they were stable. I recommend using gloves as the spikes on the mini cactus are really sharp! DIY copper pots Once all of my succulents were positioned securely, I topped them up with some little black pebbles. I choose black because I like the contrast between the black, copper and green. Repurposing copper pots Finally, I gave them a little spritz of water to help them settle in. I love how they have turned out! I feel all inspired to clean off and polish up my grandmother’s copper boiling pot that is sitting neglected in the shed. 🙂 DIY succulents in copper



  1. June 28, 2014 / 9:35 am

    My husband said it is lucky you aren’t baking in them & have put succulents in them as copper salts will leach out when they get wet. They do look beautiful !

    • June 28, 2014 / 9:50 am

      Haha! There was very little chance of me baking in them to start with, now there’s no chance! 🙂 thanks for your comment. I really like them too. 🙂

  2. June 28, 2014 / 1:27 pm

    Oh how adorable, this post is so beautiful well done Amanda.

    • June 28, 2014 / 4:38 pm

      Thanks Yvette. I hope your fiddle leaf is feeling better. 🙂

  3. June 28, 2014 / 2:20 pm

    The copper looks so great with the succulents and I bet adds some warmth and freshness to your home. Thanks for the inspiration!!! My succulents might need a ‘pot’ lift!

    • June 28, 2014 / 4:35 pm

      Thanks Kylie. Yes, I love the contrast of the copper, black and green….I’m just hoping the plants stay green. Apparently they ‘thrive on neglect’ so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

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