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Succulent Planter Ideas for a Table Setting

This post is sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart. All opinions are my own.

Today I’m sharing a couple quick and easy succulent planter ideas. These are perfect for a casual table setting, wedding or baby shower, or you can even make them to give as gifts.

table setting with woven place mat dinner plate, salad plate, blue and white napkin, and small succulent planter on top

DIY Succulent Place Setting

Let’s start with a quick and easy succulent planter place setting. These little planters are great because they count as table decor and dinner or shower guests can take them home. Who doesn’t love double duty? And these would make perfect teacher gifts.

Step 1: Harvest succulents from your outdoor planters. If you don’t grow your own, you can buy some from a garden center, nursery, or home improvement store. I stepped onto our back deck and got to clipping.

gardening shears

Step 2: Fill a small bowl halfway with pea gravel. I used hammered metal serving dip bowls. They’re the perfect size for small succulent planters.

bowl with pea gravel in it

Step 3: Add potting mix on top of the pea gravel. This will provide drainage since the bowls don’t have drainage holes.

Step 4: Trim the succulent cutting. Remove the leaves on the bottom of the stem.

Bowl filled with dirt. Hand holding a succulent, ready to put the succulent into the soil.

Step 5: Insert the succulent into the soil. Repeat until the planter is filled, but allow some space for the succulents to grow.

small succulent planter

Succulent & Candles Centerpiece

For the main table centerpiece, I wanted it to be simple and compact. Something that’s easy to move out of the way if needed. I did a larger centerpiece, but you can definitely make it on a smaller scale.

Step 1: Grab a large vessel like this acacia wood serving platter.

Step 2: Add candles to the center of the platter. I used seven flameless LED motion flame pillar candles in various sizes. These are great if you have kids– no risk of anyone getting burnt.

Step 3: Add succulent clippings around the candles. Vary the colors, shapes, and sizes.

succulent cuttings on a table

The cuttings can survive up to 1-3 months. But after a few days, I’ll put the succulents in soil so they can start to root and grow.

Place setting layered with dinner plate, salad plate, napkin, and succulent planter.

DIY Fabric Napkins

Can’t find the perfect napkins? Make them! You don’t even need a sewing machine. Just some fabric, an iron, scissors, and fabric adhesive. I used this lovely blue dot fabric from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart.

Step 1: Use an existing napkin as a template or cut fabric into 20-inch by 20-inch squares.

Fabric, scissors, Liquid Stitch, and an iron on an ironing board

Step 2: Fold 1/2 inch of fabric along the edges. Press the edges down with the iron.

Iron pressing a fabric hem

Step 3: Run a line of fabric adhesive along the fabric under the fold.

Liquid Stitch on fabric

Step 4: Press the folded fabric down. Repeat on all sides.

Hand pressing down on fabric hem

I like to fold the napkins and set them on top of the salad plate and dinner plate. And then, top the napkin with the small succulent planter.

Place setting layered with dinner plate, salad plate, napkin, and succulent plater.

Doesn’t the succulent planter and napkin look great on top of the stoneware and braided jute placemat? I love the print of the fabric.

Place setting layered with dinner plate, salad plate, napkin, and succulent plater.

And there’s my simple succulent-centric tablescape.

Table setting with a succulent and candles centerpiece

This post is sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart. All opinions are my own.

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  1. This is such a great idea and everyone can keep a succulent alive!

  2. Your napkin making skills are impressive! Love the color too.

  3. These are so easy and beautiful! And never would have thought to make my own napkins🤔

  4. Love this idea for decorating a table because it’s unexpected! And those DIY napkins are the perfect addition.

  5. Love love love!!!!! It’s so beautiful.

  6. This looks so good!!! What great ideas!!!

  7. What a lovely tablescape! As for “anyone can grow succulents” here’s one who can’t. 🤦🏻‍♀️ I’ll just admire yours from afar!

  8. This is such a classic and beautiful tablescape! Of course, as the queen of succulents, it’s also v on brand 🤣

  9. I love this!! Chelsea you make creating beautiful vignettes in your home feel accessible. You rock 🙂

  10. Gorgeous! All of it! I never think of Walmart for decor but you have me reconsidering everything!

  11. Obsessed with your layout! Thanks for all the helpful tips and tricks as always!!

  12. Fantastic ideas!! Thank you!

  13. The little place setting succulents are so cute! What a great and unique idea.

  14. This is so creative! And the perfect party favor.

  15. So gorgeous!!! I love that wood centerpiece! And the tiny dip bowls! Genius to put plants in them!

  16. I love this!! The succulents are a great, unexpected addition. I like that you can keep them alive, unlike cut flowers. And what a great take-home for your guests! Love it!!

  17. I’ve learned and gotten so many ideas from you lately. Chelsea you’re an inspiration

  18. Dee Ann 🌴 says:

    Great idea with the succulents! And cute and easy napkins!

  19. So gorgeous and simple. The Better Homes & Gardens line of home goods at Wal-Mart is awesome. Thanks for the practical and great tips. I’ve never thought of making my own napkins. Mind blown!!!!

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