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I am so excited to share this Make It Monday creation with you all. This DIY succulent planter is one of those projects that I had an idea of what I wanted in my head, but was unsure if it would turn out as I desired. I have been looking at the succulents at the garden stores, on Pinterest and on Instagram. The simplicity of their look is beautiful and all the posts keep saying they are so easy to maintain….we shall see.
I had an idea for what I wanted for my patio table, but wasn’t sure I could find what I was looking for at the local Goodwill store. I was thinking a type of bundt pan, but the opening would be too small for what I intended. Then looking over the piles of discarded baking pans I came across the perfect jello mold.
time to upcycle a jello mold to a succulent planter!
I took my $1 find home to make some easy improvements and viola it actually turned out how I envisioned. So if you have a history of Pinterest Fails (by the way love to follow that hashtag!) this is a great and simple project that turned out fabulous. The supplies I needed (and where I found them): jello mold (Goodwill), zip ties (basement), left over spray paint (basement), electric drill (basement), rocks (bucket in garage), and succulent plants (neighbor’s garden & Stein’s Garden Center).
Drill holes for drainage and zip ties in the base of your jello mold pan. Make sure the holes you make are large enough to fit the ties (I did not do that and had to re-drill later in the project timeline). If you need some guidelines for drilling through metal check out these nicely laid out suggestions, but for this project you will primarily need eye protection and a vice. The metal of the mold is very thin, although on a curve so a vice comes in handy to hold the project still when drilling. I did not have to make a starting dimple to set the drill bit, but you can if needed.
Spray paint your the jello mold with Rustoleum (Textured Dark Brown). I used the same color that I use on my patio furniture. You could keep the pan the way it is or choose an alternative color for a pop of fun, but I wanted to use what I had on hand. Make sure to do in a well ventilated area, I sprayed outside on a non-windy day, came back an hour later flipped it over and sprayed the other side. I let it dry thoroughly and was able to place my succulents in it the same day.
Zip-tie the jello mold/succulent planter to your patio table. You obviously don’t have to do the this step, but I wanted mine to stay in place. I threaded the ties up through the bottom of the holes and pulled the zips through inside the planter. Trim off the excess length of the ties and move onto the last step.
Place rocks and plants into the succulent planter. I planted 4 different types of succulents. After I completed my project and took the pictures. I cleaned up the mess and like a fool I tossed my little plant markers with them. I think I remember that they all can handle full sun and a dryer planting. That’s why I chose them to go on my sunny patio and in a planter. I am great at watering in the beginning of the summer, but as it goes on I become a less observant gardener. For the names, I looked through the world wide web (is it still called that?) and think I found out the correct names. If you know that I have incorrectly labeled them please place a comment below so that I can correctly identify the succulents. Starting from the top and working clockwise: Echeveria Green Prince, Oscularia Deltoides, Echeveria Hookeri, and Lampranthus Roseus.
Step back and enjoy your new succulent planter with the umbrella in the table. I wanted to make a planter that could go on the table, but not take up too much space so that there would still be room for beverages and meals outside. This is by far my favorite place to dine in the warmer months. I love being able to sit outside and listen to the neighborhood while enjoying a brandy slush and some brats on the grill. I am so happy that I will be able to enjoy my new planter this summer as well.