These DIY succulent pots are perfect for gifts!


  • 1 empty milk carton
  • 1 cup quick set concrete
  • water
  • 1 plastic cup
  • paint


  1. Cut empty milk carton down to 1/3 of original size
  2. Mix one cup of concrete, adding a small amount of water at a time until it's wet and easy to stir.
  3. Pour the wet concrete into the milk carton.
  4. Place a small disposable cup in the middle of the wet concrete and press down to make an indentation. Leave the cup in place for 15 minutes, then remove, the concrete will hold the shape.
  5. Let concrete dry completely for a couple of hours.
  6. Rip milk carton away from the concrete and you will reveal your pot.
  7. Paint the pot (or can be left plain) or get the kids to paint the pot, these make great gifts.
  8. Put a small amount of soil and a cutting from a succulent (you don't need roots).
  9. Place pot inside and water sparingly as succulents don't need much water, or giveaway as presents.


The kids made these for all their teachers this year as Christmas gifts and they loved them. We also made some for the family. They make cheap but thoughtful gifts.

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  • Such a cute idea and would make for perfect grandparent gifts for mothers day coming up


  • Clever idea.


  • Lovely idea to lift indoor look.


  • What a brilliant and original idea for a gift


  • Cute! Succulents are the new plant of the day. And just when I thought I couldn’t kill something, I’ve managed to.


  • What a lovely idea ! I love succulents :)


  • These turned out so stunning and stylish, what a great activity.


  • Thanks a very clever idea!


  • Never thought to make my own pot but this is so good as mum told me she wants an indoor plant for this mother’s day!
    Thank you for sharing.


  • Nice idea. Thank you for sharing


  • Great for use in the bathroom


  • This could make for a nice gift set for a house warning or something.


  • what a great idea. i might try with the suggestion below for clay tho


  • Wondering if clay could be used instead. Gives me other ideas.


  • i was thinking of doing this with plaster. would that work?


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