DIY Floral-Style Succulent Centerpiece

This lush and colorful succulent combo in a pedestal pot looks difficult, but it’s simple once you know how. With the help of the step-by-step instructions and photos that follow, you’ll soon be making your own lovely DIY floral-style succulent centerpieces, gift arrangements, and more. DIY Floral-Style Succulent Centerpiece

To create this floral-style centerpiece, the designer chose a white-painted wooden urn 12 inches in diameter and 8 inches tall, with a basin 3 inches deep. Plants include ‘Sunburst’ aeonium, Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’, burro tail sedum, assorted blue echeverias, lithops (living stones), and Senecio radicans (fish hooks).

DIY Floral-Style Succulent Centerpiece

  1. Cut a circle from heavy mil plastic (such as a trash bag) and use it to line the basin. Fill with potting mix and press down on the soil with your palms to compact it. Form a mound several inches high in the middle that slopes to just below the rim.

DIY Floral-Style Succulent Centerpiece

2. In the center, plant an upright cluster of the largest rosettes.


3. Tuck smaller plants or cuttings around the center grouping, facing outward at a slight angle.

DIY Floral-Style Succulent Centerpiece

4. When the arrangement is nearly finished but still has some gaps, use a chopstick to push roots of remaining plants into the soil, and to tuck and conceal the edge of the plastic below the rim.

DIY Floral-Style Succulent Centerpiece

  1. Gently brush spilled soil off the leaves, then water the completed arrangement lightly to settle the roots. Because there’s no drainage, water it minimally, about once a week, to moisten the soil, but not so much that the roots are sitting in a puddle of water.

Design by Fresh Chic, a division of CW Design & Landscaping For more Fresh Chic designs, see my article, Tips from a Top Container Garden Designer

Also find DIY floral-style succulent centerpieces in my books, Succulent Container Gardens and Succulents Simplified, and learn how to make them in my online Craftsy class, Stunning Succulent Arrangements. Also visit my YouTube channel for more great ideas for using and designing with succulents!

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  1. Enid Sherman on March 2, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Is it better to cut blooms off succulents or let them flower?
    Thank you,

    Hi Enid — It’s really a matter of personal preference. Generally I let them bloom, but occasionally I snip off flowers that I don’t like the looks of (such as the dandelion tufts of senecios) or that tend to drain too much energy from the plant, such as those of flapjack plants (Kalanchoe luciae). Agaves die after flowering, but you can’t stop that from happening by removing their bloom spikes, so you might as well enjoy the show.

  2. Judy Parkey on December 20, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    What is the plant right lower corner top pic. I won it in a silent auction and would like to know what it is. Ty.

    • Debra on December 20, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      It’s the tropical succulents, Rhipsalis salicornioides ;+)

  3. Kathleen McCarthy on November 24, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Such a beautiful arrangement – I love it!
    I am surprised to see the inclusion of the lithops. I love the look, but I would have thought it might be challenging to water the entire arrangement without over watering them? I am still v-e-r-y new to lithops, but eager to work with them. Are they not as difficult to care for if planter among other succulents as I thought?

    • Debra on November 24, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Excellent observation, Kathleen. I agree, and would not have included them. Too fiddly. A similar living stones type of succulent commonly called baby toes (fenestraria) would have been a better choice. Good catch!

      • Kathleen on November 25, 2017 at 1:49 pm

        Yes! Baby toes – I hadn’t thought of them, but that would be perfect in an arrangement like this.
        Thanks so much! 🙂

  4. Karen on December 29, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    How does the drainage work with this arrangement?

    • Debra on December 30, 2017 at 9:23 am

      No drainage. Water it minimally. More info on succulents in nondraining containers is in my books and Craftsy class.

  5. Stacey Spark on April 20, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Debra –

    Love your style! I have been looking for something just like this.

    I am having trouble finding the urn or pot to go under it though.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks, Stacey

    • Debra on May 7, 2018 at 4:30 pm

      It seems I see one every time I go thrifting. If that doesn’t do it, search Ebay for cake plates.

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