Thrift Store Upcycle: Succulent Planters

Summer is always crazy busy for me, and my potted flowers are usually a casualty by mid-season:

Thrift Store Upcycle: Succulent Planters - Wooden salad bowls are common at thrift stores and they make great, earthy-looking planters for succulents. Drill some drainage holes and you're good to go!

My poor zinnias….

We’ve had an exceptionally hot and dry summer here in Central New York, and it’s been tough to keep everything alive. I’ve been wanting to add succulents to my deck, and I thought they might survive the blistering heat a little better than flowers.

Unfortunately, the hard-core urban ninja squirrels in our neighborhood started snacking on the succulents, and I came out to this scene every morning:

Thrift Store Upcycle: Succulent Planters - Wooden salad bowls are common at thrift stores and they make great, earthy-looking planters for succulents. Drill some drainage holes and you're good to go!

And…I didn’t really love the way they looked in the window boxes anyway.

Time to get rid of the squirrel buffet.

I thought the succulents would look better in a different container and I wanted to use them as a centerpiece on the large pallet table I have out there. I figured they would be low enough so they wouldn’t obstruct sightlines across the table, and pulling them in closer to the house might discourage the squirrels.

I hunted around for some kind of long low wooden container at the thrift store that I could turn into succulent planters – maybe something like a bread bowl.  But then I stumbled on this set of wooden salad bowls for $4.99.

Thrift Store Upcycle: Succulent Planters - Wooden salad bowls are common at thrift stores and they make great, earthy-looking planters for succulents. Drill some drainage holes and you're good to go!

Perfect!

Thrift Store Upcycle: Succulent Planters - Wooden salad bowls are common at thrift stores and they make great, earthy-looking planters for succulents. Drill some drainage holes and you're good to go!
Note: After I shot this photo I went back and added a few more drainage holes. Succulents don’t like to stay wet.

I drilled a bunch of holes in the bottom for drainage and sprayed them with a couple of coats of clear, matte poly.

Thrift Store Upcycle: Succulent Planters - Wooden salad bowls are common at thrift stores and they make great, earthy-looking planters for succulents. Drill some drainage holes and you're good to go!

I let the top coat cure for about a week before put the succulents into the dishes.

Thrift Store Upcycle: Succulent Planters - Wooden salad bowls are common at thrift stores and they make great, earthy-looking planters for succulents. Drill some drainage holes and you're good to go!

I used a gritty potting mix made for succulents and topped them with some pebbles.

Thrift Store Upcycle: Succulent Planters - Wooden salad bowls are common at thrift stores and they make great, earthy-looking planters for succulents. Drill some drainage holes and you're good to go!

 

 

I see these wooden salad bowl sets at the thrift store on practically every visit, and I think they make perfect planters, don’t you?

Thrift Store Upcycle: Succulent Planters - Wooden salad bowls are common at thrift stores and they make great, earthy-looking planters for succulents. Drill some drainage holes and you're good to go!

I used to keep my mint plants on this table, but they get so huge and bushy that they don’t make sense as a centerpiece after a few weeks. I think succulents are more interesting to look at and they should stay pretty low. Don’t they look great on my newly stenciled pallet table?

Thrift Store Upcycle: Succulent Planters - Wooden salad bowls are common at thrift stores and they make great, earthy-looking planters for succulents. Drill some drainage holes and you're good to go!

I’m linking my succulent planters upcycle up at some terrific blog parties – you can find my complete list of places I party HERE.

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  • Stacey Keeling

    That was a smart thing to do! Planters can really add up. The bowls are perfect!

  • Angie @ ambient wares

    You know I love your style Julie! I still haven’t gotten into the succulents and I have no idea or excuse as to why but, I really should get some. Great re-purpose! Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

  • Tania Pelletier

    Those are adorable and I love how they look on the pallet table!

  • This is SUCH a great idea!!
    Heading to Goodwill today!

  • JaneEllen

    Great to know about wood salad bowls altho don’t remember ever seeing any at thrift stores I frequent. Your wood bowls make excellent succulent planters which look pretty darned nice on your table. Will have to look more carefully when I do get to frequent any thrift stores. Do love stencil on your pallet table, very snazzy looking would say.
    Altho has been at least 2 weeks since have had pleasure of shopping at any thrift store and fact I pay my bills before anything else there has been no green stuff for anything, period. Due to 5 weeks between SS paydays (again) it pretty much cuts me off at knees for “disposable income”. And they want us to think we don’t deserve a “COLA”. But that is not subject of your post so please forgive my rant.
    Pretty smart idea seeing wood salad bowls as planters.
    Hope you have lovely Fall weekend

  • Keri Roberts

    Julie, these planters are awesome. What a beautiful and thrifty idea! The succulents look wonderful on your mandala table.

  • Julie, your planters are wonderful. What a creative use for those thrift store bowls! This was the Most Clicked post from last week’s Snickerdoodle Party! All of the party hosts will be featuring it at tomorrow’s party. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

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