Making a Succulent Centerpiece

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September 27, 2019

Succulent Wedding Centerpiece - centerpiece on venue tableWedding centerpieces are very expensive, especially if you want to have flowers or living plants.

I am sharing my wedding prep journey and this succulent wedding center piece project that only cost me $2.50 per table as I had all the supplies from home and only needed to buy a pot/container. Even if you do not have these supplies on hand, I will share some tips that may help you out!


#1: Finding an inexpensive pot/container was very hard. I shopped at numerous stores before finding the pot! For reference - I did stop by Dollar Tree, but I didn't think clear bowls would look nice displaying the soil but that was my last resort if I couldn't find anything for less than $5. After shopping at many places, I found this Natural Wood Container from Hobby Lobby for $5. There are on going store promotions and I happen to make a visit when all containers were 50% off, so I only paid $2.50 each!

Tip: At Hobby Lobby if your store does not have enough in stock (which they did not for my container, they will place an order for you and you can pick up within the following week (free of charge and you will pay the sale price when you pick up!)

#2: The supplies you will need for this centerpiece are a mixture of succulent cuttings, enough to fill your container, and how many centerpieces you plan on making along with soil/perlite mixture and pot/container of your choice.

Tip: If you do not have succulents at home, see if any of your friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers have any cuttings that you can have. Succulents are also very easy to grow, minimal care is needed for most so you can grow them a year in advance to have an abundance! Or, you can check on Facebook, Craigslist, or Next-door to see if anyone is selling succulents for a cheaper cost versus buying from home improvement stores.

#3: You want to plant your succulents about 1.5 months in advance so your succulents can root in the soil and won't be flimsy when transporting.

Lastly, if you are having a wedding reception at a venue. You can make a sample wedding centerpiece like I did and bring it to the venue and see how it will look on the table.

As reference (some of the succulents I used): Mike's Fuzzy Wuzzy
(Plectranthus neochilus),  Graptopetalum paraguayense. Ghost Plant,  Giant watch chain (Crassula Imperialis),  Graptosedum Darley Sunshine, also I used aeoniums.

Total Time: Lots of planning



Inexpensive Wedding Centerpiece - cuttings
Inexpensive Wedding Centerpiece - wooden planters


  1. You will need succulent cuttings. I have succulents all over my yard, so I snipped them. You can use any generic succulent or pick your favorite succulents for the arrangements. I used a mix of different kinds of aeoniums, echeverias, crassulas, and sedums.
  2. Inexpensive Wedding Centerpiece - gather succulents
  3. Combine soil/perlite mixture. (This soil has some sphagnum moss - this is not needed, it was just there as I recycled some soil I already had.)
  4. Inexpensive Wedding Centerpiece - mix soil and perlite

  5. Fill your container pot with the soil/perlite mixture.
  6. Inexpensive Wedding Centerpiece - fill planter
  7. Start adding your succulents to create your arrangement.
  8. Inexpensive Wedding Centerpiece - begin adding cuttings
  9. Using a chopstick will help you arrange your cuttings in the soil.
  10. Inexpensive Wedding Centerpiece - use a chopstick to help plant the cuttings
    Inexpensive Wedding Centerpiece - continue filling
  11. Fill the pot to your fullness preference.
  12. Inexpensive Wedding Centerpiece - thin succulent cuttings
    Inexpensive Wedding Centerpiece - those cuttings draping over the side of the planter
    Inexpensive Wedding Centerpiece - side view of very nicely filled planter
    Inexpensive Wedding Centerpiece - finished planter seen from the top

  13. Repeat steps above for the rest of your centerpieces! Leave them outside so they can root in time for your wedding reception. Option - add a ribbon to create bow, or real roses if you would like (day prior to wedding reception).
  14. Inexpensive Wedding Centerpiece - several finished centerpieces outside
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October 22, 2019

At my wedding venue, there will be a couple of tall, small round bar tables outside. Since the tables are on the smaller side - I need the centerpiece to be smaller and sturdy.


Here is what I came up with.

Succulent Jar Centerpiece - hand holding finished jar

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January 7, 2021

Make this beautiful succulent driftwood centerpiece for little to free (if you have the supplies on hand).

Succulent Driftwood Centerpiece - finished centerpiece planter lying on flagstone

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