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DIY Faux Succulent Dachshund Planter

Updated: Oct 15, 2020

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Succulents have become so trendy recently and I have to say, I absolutely love my succulents! They can be hard to take care of sometimes, depending on the type that you have but I can’t get enough of them! While live succulents are an amazing addition to any home, it can be fun to use artificial succulents too! Here is a simple, fun project idea using faux succulents.

Faux Succulent Dachshund Planter

I had this ceramic dachshund cracker dish and got the idea to use up the remainder of my faux succulents from a previous project. I wanted to create something fun and I thought this would be perfect! You can use any kind of vase, jar or dish as long as it is deep enough to fit your plants and a bit of newspaper. Bright white ceramic looks so nice and really helps the color of these succulents to stand out.

Supplies Needed:

  • A spare ceramic cracker dish or bowl to be the planter - a solid color ceramic is best for this project)

  • A few sheets of old newspaper

  • Faux succulents, cacti or any other artificial plants you want to include

  • Bonus: Some faux moss to disguise the newspaper (might not be necessary)

  • A little bit of free time to put it all together

For the artificial succulents, I searched on Etsy and came across this high quality eighteen-piece set. I was so excited when they arrived because of how absolutely beautiful they are! The detail is so nice that they almost look real. Any succulents, leaves, cacti etc. will work for this project as long as they have a sturdy stem or post to push through the newspaper.

Once you gather all of your supplies, it’s time to put them all together! This is a fast way to arrange your faux succulents and it will look so cute when it’s finished.

First crumple up a few sheets of the newspaper and fit them in the planter. I found that this works the best if the paper is somewhat loosely crumpled so that you can easily push the stems through. Try to completely fill up your planter with the newspaper. For this dachshund dish I had to push some of the newspaper under the head and back portions to fill in the empty spaces.

Now you can begin to arrange the stems in the newspaper to fill up the planter. Newspaper might not be the best for every type of dish or planter but I found it works the best for a solid color ceramic dish like this. The nice thing about having a variety of sizes of succulents is that they can fit together nicely almost like a little puzzle. Try to place pieces that fit neatly together so that the newspaper underneath is not visible.

Some stems will be easier to poke through the newspaper than others. For stems that are heavier or that are not staying put, you can add an extra bit of newspaper around the stem’s post. If you still have some newspaper showing through you could always try plugging the holes with something like a faux moss.

You might have to try a few different layouts until you find the look you are going for. I had to do this several times until I eventually found the best looking arrangement. I got lucky because they fit together nicely without much paper showing through!

This is a quick and easy way to turn a ceramic dish into a faux succulent planter and I am so happy with how it turned out. It sits on my kitchen counter so I have something fun to look at while I am washing dishes.

I hope this DIY tutorial gave you some ideas to make your own artificial succulent decorations and that you can add something cheerful to your home. I would love to see how they turn out - if you get a chance tag #Retro_Palm on Instagram!


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