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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  • 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?


  • I might have missed it, but where do you get quick set concrete from? The possibilities are endless!


  • It’s a great gift idea I love it


  • These look so good, ideal for those little succulents. And I agree that they would make gorgeous gifts

    • Definitely make some gorgeous gifts here


  • The pots are very cute and would mae a great pressie! Thanks!


  • My 8 yr old loves craft and gardening, she’s just started her own window garden so this will be a great activity for her, thanks.


  • It’s so good to see a lovely recycling idea. Thanks

    • YOu could use all types of recycling products for all different shapes and sizes with the pots


  • Cute idea. Thank you so much for sharing!


  • I can’t believe how good they look! A great idea, thank you.


  • how cute. A great idea. thank you


  • What a great school holiday project


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