DIY Valentine Planters with a Free Printable!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

DIY Valentine's Day Succulent Planter with Free Printable

Valentine's Day is just a few short weeks away. Skip the drugstore candy aisle and whip up some of these sweet little succulent planters for your favorite people! Don't get me wrong, I love me some Valentine's Day candy, but sometimes the sugar gets to be a little too much. These sweet little planters will last much longer than a bouquet of flowers or a bag of cinnamon hearts and the punny plant stakes will make your friends smile.

Here's what you'll need:

DIY Valentine Succulent Planters with free printable!
  • Mini metal buckets in pink and white. I found mine at Michael's. Similar
  • White fish tank gravel. I still had some leftover from my dish garden
  • Pink spray paint. I used Krylon Fairytale Pink
  • Wood kitchen skewers
  • Assorted cacti and succulents
Not pictured:

Punch a few holes in the bottom of your buckets with a nail and hammer. Well-draining soil is very important to these plants. This will help keep your them happy and healthy! Do you like my tiny hammer? ;)

DIY Valentine Succulent Planters with free printable!

Plant your cacti and succulents in the buckets. I'm going to demonstrate how to re-pot a spiny cactus since those are a little harder to do without harming the plant or yourself. Add a layer of succulent soil to the bottom of your container at about the height of where your rootball will sit.

DIY Valentine Succulent Planters with free printable!

Roll up a few layers of butcher paper or newspaper. Flatten it. Fold it in half to create a loop. Position the cactus inside the loop and hold it tight on the end.

DIY Valentine Succulent Planters with free printable!

Lay the plant on its side and remove the pot. Grabbing the roots with one hand and the paper loop with the other, position the cactus in the pot. Still holding the cactus upright with the paper, fill around the roots with soil. Done! No need to look for the tweezers!

DIY Valentine Succulent Planters with free printable!

Spread out a thin layer of gravel in a cardboard box or on a paper plate and spray paint it. Mix the gravel up between coats to get more coverage. When it's fully dry, layer it over the exposed soil in the buckets. Resist the urge to water! Let them get used to their new digs for a week or two before watering.

DIY Valentine Succulent Planters with free printable!

Low Maintenance Love, You're Succulent, and Don't be Prickly, Valentine. I love me a plant pun and I hope you like these graphics!


Valentine Succulent Planter Printable

Print the download on white cardstock (the thicker, the better) and cut out with scissors or a craft knife. Add a dab of rubber cement to the top of the skewer and attach to the back of the tag. To make it more secure, glue a scrap of paper over the back.

DIY Valentine Succulent Planters with free printable!

Add them to your freshly-potted succulents and give to your valentines (if you can bear to part with them)!

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Project and photography by Casey Starks | Vitamini Handmade
The download is not for commercial use or distribution and is © Vitamini Handmade.

73 comments:

  1. These are beyond adorable Casey! Love the pink and white buckets :)

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! I had too much fun with these.

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  2. Wonderful gifts. I love your designs and fabulous photos.

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  4. hi, the link to your printable is not working. can you repost?

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    1. Could you let me know what happens when you click the link? The link has worked for others so I'm not sure how to fix the issue. Thanks!

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  5. I can not get to the tutorial about the cups with painting on them, is there something I'm doing wrong?

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    1. Hi Mimi! I'm not sure which tutorial you're referring to. Was it the gold leaf bowls? Let me know and I'll see what I can do to help! :)

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    2. Each time I try to open up the sharpir writing mugs it comes up to diy valentine planters .... have you moved the sharpie mugs somewhere else?

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  6. Nice and simple instructions! Thanks for posting :D

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  7. I love it. I generally do the faces, etc but this has inspired me to do something new. Thanks!

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  8. Wonderful gifts. I love your designs and fabulous photos.

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  9. Hi, thank you for sharing! This is very simple and nice instructions :)

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  10. Nice share, I’m really appreciate your post. Thanks.

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  11. I have planted many cactuses in my garden. thanks for sharing.

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  12. Wow nice! I love the way these cacti look.
    Thanks for showing us!

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  13. Thank you for sharing! Your guide is simple and easy to follow. I will make and give my wife a pot of cactus like this.

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  14. Amazing! This is beautiful. Would like to have one in my house. :)

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  15. Wonderful gifts. I love your designs and fabulous photos.

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  16. Thank you for sharing Casey! I loved your design, will inspire my daughter as well.

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  17. Your blog is very informative. I have solved my many problems with the help of your articles. In the way, you write is very amazing, it increases my interest and I read more and more. Thanks.

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  18. This artilce is very useful for me and my wife, thanks for sharing

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  19. Wonderful gifts. I love your designs and fabulous photos. Thanks for sharing :)

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  20. Wow nice! I love the way these cacti look. Will Try this on valentine.

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  21. For indoor gardening it is really super idea. Thank you very much for this idea.We can put it beside trash bin also.

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  22. I can not get to the tutorial about the cups with painting on them, is there something I'm doing wrong?

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  23. I love your fabulous photos and designs. Thank you

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  24. Hey Casey I know you've been away for a few months but I just wanted to say that my wife loved this! One of the best valentine gifts ever, all thanks to you. Keep it up!

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  25. Great post! And congratulations. I think you picked a winner. Thanks for sharing your thought process and criteria. I know that’s a touchy subject!

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  27. Where is the sharpie mug tutorial?

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