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My mom and I were at the plant store the other day, and right at the front of the store we spotted a stunning succulent arrangement. Excited, we ran over to it – only to see the price tag. $280?! No way. If only there was a way to make the exact same thing for a fraction of a price…
But that’s when it hit us: we could make this for a fraction of the price! My mom has always been a big DIY-er, and whenever she likes something expensive, she saves herself some money and does it on her own. We were at the plant store after all, so we picked up some succulents and starting planning.
My mom already had succulent soil at home, but she needed something to plant it in. We ended up at TJ max, where we found a cute bowl with an even cuter price tag. We were officially ready to get started.
Why make your own succulent arrangement when you could just buy one?
There are two main reasons: to save money, and just for the fun of it! I find crafts and DIY projects to not only be fun, but also very therapeutic and a great way to practice self care, which The Prickly Pear is all about! DIY projects involving plants are even better, because plants are known to be beneficial for your mental and physical health. Not only do they improve the overall aesthetic of your space, but they also offer health benefits, such as helping to clean the air. House plants, such as succulents, have even been known to help ease anxiety and stress.
With these two factors in mind, I think that it is definitely worth making your own succulent arrangement!
Price of a succulent arrangement : DIY vs. buy in store
Our succulent arrangement cost us about $50, everything included. The succulent arrangements that you can buy online are at least $100 for an arrangement that’s on the smaller end, and generally over $200 for medium to large arrangements.
Here’s the price of everything, when done DIY:
|Arrangement of 3-4 succulents||$7-12|
Of course there will be variations in cost based on your location and availability, but you can definitely make a succulent arrangement cost-effectively! We found the succulents that we used at Harmons, The Home Depot, and Lowes. Walmart usually has good prices as well.
How to make your own succulent arrangement
Gather your supplies
Lay the pebbles in the bottom of your bowl
Succulent roots do not like being left in wet soil. In fact, it can cause their roots to rot. Placing pebbles at the bottom of your succulent arrangement helps avoid this problem because it supposedly enhances drainage. Don’t get too hung up on size/color or anything like that – just be sure they’re relatively pebbleish and you should be good!
EDIT: After already completing the succulent arrangement, I did some more research and found that the ‘pebble-under-the-soil’ thing may be a myth. If you would like the best chance for your succulents, experts advise getting a bowl with a drain hole at the bottom. If you can’t or will not get a pot/bowl with a drain hole, then a taller pot is recommended.
The most important thing for your succulents, along with adequate drainage, is what type of soil you use.
Add your soil
We used soil from The Succulent Cult, which we bought off of amazon. As you can see, the soil has fertilizers, and is a little bit chunky. This allows for adequate drainage as well. If you haven’t noticed yet – drainage is a big deal for succulents! This soil has worked great for my mom and I in the past, and it’s cheap too!
Now for the fun part… adding the succulents!
Start by carefully removing your succulents from their pots. Don’t remove excess dirt from around the roots. Place them in the bowl, and start playing around with layout. You’ve got to be patient and give it a moment before it gets pretty, but it’s close!
The finished product!
Place all of your succulents in the soil, pat the soil into place around all of your plants, and done! You have your own succulent arrangement that you made with your own hands. While it may not end up as perfect as some of the succulent arrangements that you see online, be proud of your creation and put it somewhere sunny where you will be able to see and enjoy it multiple times a day!
I hope that you consider owning a succulent garden, and that you consider making it yourself. I know my mom and I had a great time making this one, and it makes a beautiful edition to any space. Happy planting!