This cute little succulent planter was hiding at a thrift store disguised as an old and outdated set of votive candle holders in a wooden tray!
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I’ve never been much of a succulent grower – with the exception of the standard Aloe Vera.
But, you know how it is…succulents are everywhere now, and when you see them constantly in garden centers and online, you notice and begin to wonder, “why haven’t I given more succulents a try?”
So when I made a recent trip to the thrift store with one of my boys (such a fun date – really, he loved it!), I snagged a piece that I knew had to come home with me.
There’s always the standard picture frames, lamps, and dishes, but when I see something that has potential – something that’s unique in some way – that’s what I’m after!
This is what caught my eye that day:
Isn’t that great?
Maybe not so much like this, but I saw potential that a little spray paint and a few plants could bring to life.
And, best of all…it’s quick, simple, and easy, making it an ideal Pocket Time project!
First stop: The tray.
Dry, heat-tolerant succulents beg for classic desert colors and textures, so I grabbed a can of paint that I had for another project but was perfect for this one: Krylon’s Pebble Stone fine texture.
This was the first time I’ve used textured paint and I loved how it turned out.
It’s a fast-drying, durable paint that’s UV fade-resistant – perfect for living where it will be exposed to a lot of sunlight.
And I love the coarse texture; just right for the look I wanted.
Next, the votives:
I don’t think they had ever been used for candles, so it was simple to clean them up with dish soap and hot water.
I also gave them each a good swipe with alcohol before painting to remove any skin oil or residue – a great idea when you’re painting glass.
I”m sure they were lovely in their time, and I kind of liked the leaf stenciling on many of them.
But those colors had to go, so I shot them all with a couple of coats of Rust-Oleum’s Camouflage – Khaki.
I love Rust-Oleum; it’s my go-to spray paint that never lets me down!
Once they were dry, it was time to pot the succulents.
Aren’t they cute?
I already had some cactus, palm, and citrus soil on hand, which was just perfect!
Succulents will do better in soil specially formulated for their ideal conditions. Since the standard potting mix is too rich and retains water well, the roots of succulents can quickly rot in it.
Remember, these little guys are native to dry conditions.
Finally, I added a layer of pea gravel, which had been leftover from last year’s herb vignette project, and it was done!
Votive Candle Holders Repurposed into a Succulent Planter
Not too bad for a $5 thrift store find, huh?