We’re thrilled to have Jocie Hagan of  The Better Half, share her succulent garden ideas with us. Her blog-within-a-blog at One Project Closer (OPC) is all about thrifty and fabulous DIY decor and crafts. And there’s definitely a crafty element to this clever miniature succulent garden project– it’s a garden inside a mason jar. Read on for the complete DIY tutorial. 


Succulent Garden Ideas: A miniature succulent garden in a Mason jar


Confession time: I don’t garden. Ever. In fact, when The Home Depot asked me to participate in the Do-It-Herself Workshop series by sharing my succulent garden ideas, I had to look up what a succulent was. *shame* But once I figured out what a succulent was, I was super excited to make a garden with my own special twist.

Succulents are right up my gardening alley – they require little water or attention, are bright and hearty, and are easy to plant. They are hard to kill, and for this black thumb gardener, that is all that matters!


Succulent Garden Ideas: Succulents on display



Supplies Needed:

After collecting my supplies at my local Big Orange, this was a super quick (but cute) gardening project.

Step 1: Build the Wooden Jar Holder

Did you know The Home Depot will cut your wood for you!? How great is that?

I picked out a piece of 1×10″ Poplar and asked a friendly guy in an orange apron to cut the wood to 18 inches for me. Once home, I lightly sanded the wood to remove any rough edges. Then, I cut a centered hole about 3 inches from the top for the knob.

Next, I stained the wood with my favorite Dark Walnut stain, and once dry, finished it with matte finish polyurethane.


Wood stain for the hanging structure - succulent garden ideas


Once it was completely dry, I screwed the knob into place.


Wooden mason jar holder with knob - succulent garden ideas


Step 2: Create a Twine Hanger


Twine tied to mason jar terrarium - succulent garden ideas


Using an old mason jar I had lying around and some twine (or rope), I wrapped the twine around the opening of the jar many, many times.


Close-up of twine knotted around mason jar for succulent garden - succulent garden ideas


I knotted both ends on one side. Then, I wrapped more twine, and knotted it on the other side, finally bringing both sides above to tie in a knot, then bow.

This is a simple and rustic way to hang the mason jar.


Step 3: Fill the jar

I began to create my garden after picking bunches of succulents and cacti from the Garden Center at The Home Depot. Obviously, I went a little crazy since all I really needed were three tiny succulents!

Then, I put a thick layer of Spanish moss at the bottom of the jar. The moss compacts a good bit, so I put more in than I thought I needed.


Spanish moss in mason jar terrarium - succulent garden ideas


I then added a layer of rocks. The rocks are important because they allow the soil to drain any excess water, since succulents and cacti need very little water.


Adding rocks to mason jar - succulent garden ideas


Next, I added a loose layer of potting soil, inserting the succulents (and little cactus) into that layer.


Adding a loose layer of soil to mason jar - succulent garden ideas


Mason jar with moss rocks and soil - succulent garden ideas


Adding succulents to prepped mason jar - succulent garden ideas


Step 4: Hang and enjoy!

The mason jar was quite heavy, so we were sure to use a heavy duty drywall anchor and hung the succulent garden where it would not easily be bumped by passing friends.


Complete mason jar succulent garden mounted to wall - succulent garden ideas


Close up of mason jar succulent garden from top - succulent garden ideas


Close up of mason jar succulent garden from side - succulent garden ideas

Thanks, Jocie! Jocie lives in Baltimore with her husband, Ethan and two young daughters. Ethan runs One Project Closer (OPC), a site dedicated to providing free guides to help you DIY like the pros. You’ll see more of Jocie’s DIY tutorials on The Better Half, the craftier part of One Project Closer.

Want to learn more about container gardening, get more succulent garden ideas, and get hands-on experience? Register for a FREE Do-It-Herself workshop. Our succulents DIH Workshop happens at your local Home Depot on Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. The Home Depot hosts FREE Do-It-Herself Workshops on the third Thursday of every month. For the most up-to-date information visit our workshops page

Be sure to follow our DIH Workshop board on Pinterest for more do-it-herself ideas, tips and inspiration. And check out more projects and tutorials from our DIH guest contributors here on The Home Depot blog.

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  1. Too bad I’ve used all my mason jars =( Oh well, always room for more, right? :D

  2. michelle says:

    Love this idea and directions! I was looking for an inexpensive way to do a succulent garden. This is quickly becoming an “in thing.” I have a skylight in my bathroom and this will look so awesome! I think I’m going to do three in a row and paint the boards. The knob hook is genius. Thanks again!

  3. Terrarium Ideas says:

    Great tutorial! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Lori says:

    I want to put these jars out on a deck that gets full sunlight most of the day. I am afraid they will burn up. What do you think?

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  8. Katie says:

    LOVE this project! I’ll be featuring it in our upcoming succulent roundup!

    • Craig Allen says:

      Glad you like it, Katie. Jocie did a terrific job on it, didn’t she?

      We’re pleased to hear you’ll be featuring this, too. Thanks for letting us know.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

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  13. Oh my gosh I love this! It looks like something you’d see at an Anthropologie store! So pretty and springy. Thank you for sharing! :)

  14. Courtenay says:

    What a perfect little way to get your feet wet (or not so wet, since they’re succulents) in the world of gardening! Super cute idea!

  15. Laura Beth says:

    I love the natural elements of the succulents in the mason jar against the stained wood. Absolutely beautiful :o )

  16. Erin M says:

    Great idea! These would be wonderful teacher gifts for the end of the school year (without the stand)!

  17. Gwen says:

    That is so beautiful and such a unique accent to way to display your succulents, Jocie! I’m so in love with this project, girl!

  18. How fun is that?! I love little terrariums, and hanging it from a door pull is a super cute idea!

  19. Chris Paulis says:

    These are the kinds of ideas that work for me, too — a fellow black-thumb gardener! I like how simple yet elegant the project is. It seems to me that this would be a great craft for children, something to make summer time productive and fun!

  20. Naomi says:

    Wow, I love this simple and beautiful idea! It has such an elegant but rustic look – right up my alley! Can’t wait to make one!!!

  21. Liz says:

    I also have a black thumb. Or maybe I have a green thumb hidden behind my 3 young children with constant feeding and attention needs. Either way, I plant stuff. It dies. Maybe this could be up my alley? Love the look! Thanks for the tutorial!

  22. Beth says:

    Those look amazing and are so easy to make. Can’t wait to make some of my own.

  23. superb tutorial and a fantastic feature for you Jocie … especially considering you are offering a Do-It-Herself workshop on the same topic soon. No? congrats!

  24. So cute! I am in love with succulents and plan on doing some for myself real soon. The pink flower is adorable.

  25. Mary Sue Paulis says:

    Looks great and so easy. Good explanation and pics. Succulants may be up my ally as I tend to kill plants too.

  26. Megan says:

    Jocie that turned out fabulous! Love this idea!

  27. Very cute! I’ve got a black thumb, too. HAHA. But this looks super easy! I could see doing a whole wall of these, to make a great impression on a bare wall! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  28. Jacque says:

    Very cool! I’m great at killing house plants myself! Succulents may be right of my alley!