This Succulent Centerpiece is an easy DIY you can complete in just a day! Turn a simple log and some mini succulents into a beautiful piece of home décor!
Is there anything that you just cannot pass up at the store, no matter how hard you try? For me, it’s mini succulents when they go on sale. Seeing a whole tray of beautiful, tiny plants and then walking away is just… not possible. So naturally, here we are with a succulent DIY project!
I loved the Birch Branch Candle Holder and DIY Birch Candlesticks I made last year so much, I decided to use another birch log for this DIY project. I love the texture on the bark, but you can use anything that’s convenient or fits your style better.
*DIY Succulent Centerpiece
This centerpiece can be customized to fit your needs–You can literally make it fit in any space you want! I fit 8 mini succulents in a 29″ long log (6″ diameter), but you could adjust how you see fit. Of course, the succulents will grow and may eventually need to be moved or thinned out, but that may depend on the succulents you choose.
Supplies for DIY Succulent Centerpiece
- A log: Any size, any type.
- Mini succulents
- Cactus potting mix
- Chainsaw OR drill with 1/2″ drill bit
- Rubber mallet
How do I make a Log Centerpiece?
- Identify where you would like for the Centerpiece to be placed, then measure the area.
- Find a log that will fit in the area or one that you can cut down to fit.
- I enjoy spending time with my chainsaw, so I used it to layout the trough area. If you don’t have a chainsaw or don’t feel like using it, you can use a drill to outline the trough instead. Then, using a chisel and mallet, you can clear the trough area.
- I used a cactus potting mix to ensure that the water would drain well and the roots would have little problems extending beyond their original mass.
- This centerpiece was built to be outdoors. With that in mind, I planted enough mini succulents to cover the soil surface to slow down the amount evaporation that will take place daily.
Do I have to use a birch log?
Nope! You can use any log you find. You do want to try to find the straightest piece you can so that it sits evenly on the table, but you can always shave a bit off on the bottom if the piece you have is curvy or knotted. Using softwood species makes everything easier.
Can I use other plants?
Possibly. Different plants will likely need more room and deeper space for their root systems. The deeper your log, the deeper roots you could support. You’ll just need to research the needs for the plants you’re considering to decide if it’ll work for your project.
Tips and Tricks for a DIY Succulent Centerpiece:
- Find the most interesting piece of wood for your Centerpiece. Knots, twist, or a fork will help attract everyone’s attention.
- Leave a little room around each succulent so they have some space to grow.
- Allowing the potting mix to dry between waterings will benefit the succulents.
More Easy DIY Projects:
- DIY Hanging Gourd Flower Pot (works beautifully with succulents, too!)
- DIY Plant Pedestal (very easy beginner woodworking project to show off your plants OR add height/depth to a holiday buffet or picnic!)
- Birch Branch Place Card Holders (matches all of our birch DIY’s and great for labelling dishes on the buffet or showing guests their seat!)
- DIY Wooden Tray (so cute on the coffee table, holding bowl fillers, or for serving guests!)
Want more? Here’s a list of Easy DIY Gifts perfect for any occasion!