How adorable is this DIY Indoor Succulent Garden with its vintage camper? You have to love easy indoor succulents. Especially when they’re part of cute home decor.
I know, I know. I just built my Fairy Herb Garden a few months ago and I loved that too. But I just couldn’t resist building this fun DIY indoor succulent garden. While writing up my directions for the fairy herb garden, I found this vintage camper on Amazon and recommended it as a cute option for the tray. After spotting a similar camper at Hobby Lobby, I just had to make one of my DIY Succulent Garden Ideas. This whole tray can be made in less than an hour. See how easy indoor succulents can be. 🙂
Since succulents remind me of the rocky landscaping in the Southwest and campers remind me of, well camping, I decided to go with a camping in the Southwest of the USA theme. To give the tray more visual appeal, I mixed a sheet of moss with pea gravel to make the terrain. Then I added some very convincing fake succulents with a little pot of real ones. I also grabbed an aloe to give the tray a little height and because aloe’s are just awesome.
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What you’ll need for this DIY Indoor Succulent Garden
- 1 tray deep enough for your plants and decorative items, like this white one or try Hobby Lobby
- A vintage truck or this vintage camper bird house would be adorable or maybe a vintage VW Van or old red schoolhouse
- 1 set of wire LED mini lights (between 7 and 12 feet is best for this project)
- A handful of succulents, fake or real
- Heavy Duty garbage bag or other thick plastic sheet
- 1 dowel cut into 4 – 8″ sections
- 4 eye hooks
- Rocks to line bottom of tray
- Potting soil
- Pea gravel and a sheet of moss
- Decorative items (rocks, wood discs, etc.)
Cost to make this DIY Indoor Succulent Garden
If you already have a tray, this little garden can be made for as little as $30. Add $10 to $15 if you need to buy a tray.
Directions for this DIY Indoor Succulent Garden
Start with an empty tray with a rim high enough to hold the plants, about 4 inches high works. I found this tray at At Home a couple of months ago. If you can’t find one at a local store, try Amazon or a store like Hobby Lobby.
Note: Some of these pictures are from the DIY Fairy Garden post, but the set up is exactly the same. I just swapped out the plants and changed the design above the soil. Just ignore the herbs in the pictures below. 😉
Cut your heavy-duty garbage bag so that 6 inches or so hangs over all 4 sides. Leaving extra long sides now makes it easier to fill the tray without worrying about the plastic shifting. Lay the plastic on top of the tray and push it flat along the bottom and into each corner. You will have extra material sticking up on the edges for now.
Put a light layer of gravel along the bottom of the tray. Add a couple of inches of the best soil for the type of plants you’ve chosen. Make sure the tray has enough soil to be firm all across the tray and around the plants. Add the plants and cover the soil in a light layer of pea gravel and moss to suit your design.
Trim away the extra plastic along the edges of the tray. Screw an eye hook in one end of each of the 4 dowel sections. Stick a dowel in each corner of the tray, eye hook end up. I also glued my dowels into the corners, using regular Elmer’s glue. Start the lighting by hiding the battery pack for the lights behind the tray or between the liner and tray. Make sure to never let the battery pack get wet, it is not waterproof. The wire and the lights on most of these mini LED lights are waterproof though, be sure to double-check the instructions included with yours.
Wind the wire LED mini light around each dowel and through the eye hook to secure the wire in place. Depending on the length of your wire, you may need to do 1 or more dowels twice. Just be sure to always start and end each dowel with the eye hook to make it look more like the lights of a little bird village. 🙂 I left the front of my tray free of lights. I didn’t want to obstruct the view of the camper and succulents. If you are designing this as a centerpiece, you can always change the layout of the lights so that they are across the center of the tray or even shorten the dowels to keep the lighting along the edge of the tray.
Add Decor to these Easy Indoor Succulents
Once the lighting is done, place your vintage camper and other bits of decor inside the tray. You could really have fun with this idea and make it into anything you can imagine. If your family is into fairies, mice, butterflies, horses, etc., go with that as a theme. You could use gravel to make a dry creek bed. Create little mailboxes from craft wood. Or even use fairy garden decor for your little garden. Have fun with it.
Side note: I made my wood discs from a branch I found in our yard. I used my miter saw to quickly cut it into slices.
Check out the incredible makeover on this Office Chair I rescued from the curb.
Feeling inspired? Have your own DIY Succulent Garden Ideas? These easy indoor succulents make great decor. Follow the links above to get the things you’ll need. Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Or post pictures of your work and tag Abbotts At Home on FB, I’d love to see it!