Fun DIY Indoor Succulent Garden with Mini Lights

Fun DIY Indoor Succulent Garden with Mini Lights

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
This LED Lighted DIY Indoor Succulent Garden Tray is one of the easiest DIY Succulent Garden Ideas you'll find. Fill with your favorite succulents and vintage truck or camper to give it some extra charm. You have to love Easy Indoor Succulents, especially when they're cute decor.
Can you believe 4 of these succulents are fake? They look so nice, guys!
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. 😉

This LED Lighted DIY Indoor Succulent Garden Tray is one of the easiest DIY Succulent Garden Ideas you'll find. Fill with your favorite succulents and vintage truck or camper to give it some extra charm. You have to love Easy Indoor Succulents, especially when they're cute decor.
Start with a tray with at least a 4″ rim

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.

This LED Lighted DIY Indoor Succulent Garden Tray is one of the easiest DIY Succulent Garden Ideas you'll find. Fill with your favorite succulents and vintage truck or camper to give it some extra charm. You have to love Easy Indoor Succulents, especially when they're cute decor.
Line the tray with heavy-duty plastic to protect the tray from water
This LED Lighted DIY Indoor Succulent Garden Tray is one of the easiest DIY Succulent Garden Ideas you'll find. Fill with your favorite succulents and vintage truck or camper to give it some extra charm. You have to love Easy Indoor Succulents, especially when they're cute decor.
Pour a light layer of gravel into the bottom of the tray for drainage

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.

This LED Lighted DIY Indoor Succulent Garden Tray is one of the easiest DIY Succulent Garden Ideas you'll find. Fill with your favorite succulents and vintage truck or camper to give it some extra charm. You have to love Easy Indoor Succulents, especially when they're cute decor.
The lights give this DIY Indoor Succulent Garden extra charm.

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.

This LED Lighted DIY Indoor Succulent Garden Tray is one of the easiest DIY Succulent Garden Ideas you'll find. Fill with your favorite succulents and vintage truck or camper to give it some extra charm. You have to love Easy Indoor Succulents, especially when they're cute decor.
The wood discs and larger stones are a small touch from the yard that really complete this garden.
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.

This LED Lighted DIY Indoor Succulent Garden Tray is one of the easiest DIY Succulent Garden Ideas you'll find. Fill with your favorite succulents and vintage truck or camper to give it some extra charm. You have to love Easy Indoor Succulents, especially when they're cute decor.. #vintage #camper #succulent
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How about another great DIY home decor project? Try this easy to build 5 Mason Jar Planter Box. It uses those fabulous LED mini lights to give the planter some extra charm. It looks beautiful on our dining room table, but would make fantastic wedding centerpieces. The DIY box with jars and lights is still less than $15. Yea!

Make this quick and easy DIY 5 Mason Jar Planter Box for just $6.50. Makes great home decor, gifts, craft party projects, wedding centerpieces, and more. Can be sold at craft fairs and online too.
The mini lights are such a pretty touch.

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!

32 thoughts on “Fun DIY Indoor Succulent Garden with Mini Lights

  1. Your miniature garden is so cute! With the mini vintage camper, it’s perfect as a summer centerpiece of vignette on a porch or patio table. I love all the adorable details you added in.

  2. I’ll be honest. When I saw the thumbnail, I thought maybe it would make a good kids project. But after reading and seeing the whole project, I’m adding this to my list of projects to try! And, it WOULD make a good kids project. But it’s certainly not childish at all.

    Awesome idea and perfect execution. This is such a cool piece to add character to your home! Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Wow my girls would love this so much! I just need to find a space big enough to put it 😁 xx

  4. Your garden is just charming! The Cottage needs one of these and one of these days I’m going to make one. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Ann
    https://theapplestreetcottage.blogspot.com/

  5. I am absolutely IN LOVE with this! Amazing!

  6. Oh my goodness!!! I sooooo love this! Too cute!!!

  7. Super cute! Love the little camper in there. Have pinned it to come back to. Thank you!

  8. Super cute! Love how it looks like a really mini campground. Visiting from Remodelaholic.

  9. Your miniature garden is so stink’n cute! Pinned to share.

  10. This is so creative! It looks beautiful!

  11. I love, love, love fairy gardens and this one is just so adorable Stephanie. The vintage camper is so cute and that little begging puppy by the front door, aww man. Beautiful

  12. This is so cute. I love that little camper you have in there.
    Thanks for sharing at Waste Not Wednesday.

  13. Stefanie, that’s so flipping cute! I am a galvanized lover, so you couldn’t have picked a better container for my heart to go pitter pat! Thanks for sharing this at the Dishing It & Digging It Link party.

  14. What a great project! I’m a sucker for anything with a Westie in it! Visiting you from the Scrapality.com Linkup.

  15. Hey, Stephanie. That looks fantastic, great job! The vintage camper is an added charm as well. Having an indoor garden is always a good idea. Creating the succulent garden can also be a fun activity for kids.

  16. Aww! SO much fun! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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