I have been on a mission lately to find the cutest pots, cups, teacups, mugs, teapots, planters… basically fun and unique succulent planters for my growing succulent collection. I absolutely love using things that are a little outside the norm (I found an adorable blue teapot that’s planted and for sale in our antique booth right now… I really wanted to keep that bad boy!)
When I look for containers I really want unique containers that may not be intended for succulents but are so darn cute when planted! I mean those little blue and white ramekins are adorable… and the 3 tiered galvanized tray is my masterpiece!
Drainage in Succulent Planters
Of course, when selecting unique containers there is the added question of drainage holes… succulents do best in containers that are deep enough for their roots to grow but also allow drainage at the bottom of the container. Because these little guys are from the dessert they store water like champs and they don’t do well in soil or containers that hold water.
But I already covered all the basics for succulent care so let’s just talk about the actual containers. If your container has a drainage hole already then you’re good to go! If it’s a container like the 3 tiered galvanized tray that can easily be drilled to add drainage holes then you’re good to go. But when we’re talking about containers like teacups or teapots changes are they don’t have drainage and there is no good way to add it.
I still think they’re adorable so I use them but you have to be aware when watering not to give these little plants too much water. Water that pools in the bottom of the container and keeps the soil wet will give these little babies root rot and unfortunately succulents don’t do great with rocks or pebbles in the bottom of the container for drainage like other plants.
Basically watch how much you water the little guys without drainage and you’ll be fine. I have plenty of little guys planted in teacups, teapots, terrariums and they are all thriving.
Now on to the Succulent Planters!
So now that we’ve covered the logistics on how to plant your succulents let’s get right down to the fun part: the unique succulent planters themselves!
Click on the photos to find each planter, enjoy!
This little guy just might make it into my collection. The whimsical detailing on the Octopus are just perfect and I love how cute a little succulent would be draping over the edges. This little bowl would be perfect for a small string of pearls or bananas that would drape over the sides!
You guys already know how much I love my galvanized tray for succulents. It holds so many little succulent babies and looks amazing planted. I used mine for a large group of cuttings that need to grow roots… they are adorable all nestled in together and growing roots like champs.
Once they have roots established and start putting out new growth and baby plants I’ll separate some out into new containers to give the ones planted here room to grow but in the meantime they look amazing!
The short and sweet lines of this little guy would be perfect for a few succulents, probably a few rosettes that would spread out over the top and make it look really full.
Part of me thinks a big galvanized bucket would be better but this little guy is only 14 inches long and I think he would be adorable filled with succulents! A little miniature garden is always appropriate in my mind.
After all half of the fun of succulents is their small size… although they can grow to be massive so just remember that any of these little tiny planters will only last for so long before the plants need to be separated or replanted into a larger container.
Luckily most succulents produce little succulent babies when they’re well taken care of so by the time you need to replant you’ll probably have little succulent babies to leave in the container while the mother plant can move to a bigger home! Score!
Just imagine this little teapot full of sweet little dunce caps or a blue Sedum Sunsparkler! Little blue succulents all over the top would be so much fun and you could take cuttings for days once they start to grow over the sides.
These little ramekins come in a pack of 6 so they would be perfect for a happy little grouping of plants or even scattering among a bigger collection. A few smaller containers that match always help to tie a collection together… it’s like where’s waldo but for succulents.
Sounds like a fun game.
I am already waiting for my shipment of this little guy… he is a must have for me. How cute is that little owl face?! Plus he’s copper? Perfection.
He would look so cute with a little rosette planted on top! I might need two of these.
Okay this little guy isn’t quite as awesome as mine (it’s only a single tub instead of a double) but I absolutely love the little shelf underneath… it would be perfect for a couple more succulents or even tools.
Plus with a single tub he would tuck nicely in a smaller spot whereas the double tub needs a bit more room.
The copper and white would be such a pretty contrast.
Okay if you’re not a pokemon fan then you might not understand this little guy but as a pokemon fan it is utter perfection. There are quite a few bulbasaur planters out there but I love how this little guy looks as if he’s been carved from stone.
It looks elegant and beautiful while still being a little quirky and would blend in beautifully with the rest of the pots in a blue or aqua collection.
This little guy makes my heart go pitter patter. Not only is it vintage but it’s copper so basically it’s everything I look for in an antique. This is not a miniature tub and would look a-m-a-zing with an entire array of plants.
How sweet would a pair of these little ramekins be for a wedding gift, anniversary present or housewarming gift! I think they would be adorable with a set of succulents peeking over the top.
Plus they would be adorable in a succulent collection!
Mason jars are completely my jam and this little guy completely fits into the farmhouse vibe. A row of these would look sweet filled with beautiful rosettes like Graptoveria ‘Opalina’, Echeveria White Monk, Echeveria White Elegans or Echeveria Japanese Potosina.
Against the white of the mason jar the colors would be so lovely… they would just pop!
Okay so I may be a little obsessed with birds but when you’re working with succulents it’s nice to have a bit of nature all around. Birds and flowers just go together!
Okay this little guy would be so cute for little cuttings that need to root… plus it has a handle which would make it super easy to move around.
Some of these little planters can get quite heavy once they’re filled with dirt so a handle is wonderful.
The dogs on this mug are so whimsical and cute! I just want to snatch them up and hug them… especially the little dachshund on the hood!
This little guy would be so cute with a couple other teacups or even a larger planter. I love how the little teacups look scattered around a larger arrangement.
I love the wavy edges on this little bowl, the wavy edges look so organic against the plant. Straight edged planters give a completely different vibe so it’s nice to mix and match the two.
Plus the chippy edges of the paint are so rustic and sweet.
I think this little mug explains itself!
These little planters would be so sweet in a nursery. Placed by a window with a bit of sun they would be adorable… just make sure to keep them out of reach from the little hands!
A little living plant would be the perfect addition to a little guys nursery.
This little camper is absolutely adorable… I even like the ruffley succulent they’re using to display this little guy. Something like a soft blue Echeveria shaviana cabbage rose or even the pinks and purples of a Echeveria ruffle succulent.
Or maybe one of each with two little campers! They would be the cutest little pair.
This wooden box is pretty all on it’s own but it would be gorgeous with a few taller plants (like a little field of pink butterfly kalanchoe plants!) and maybe a few rosette cuttings up front.
A few of these placed in a fun asymmetrical pattern going up a wall. They would look gorgeous with a few plants spilling over the sides.
If these little guys were yorkies they would be even better but they would be so sweet on a desk or work area as a little bit of green and life.
Aren’t they just the sweetest!?
How amazing are these little teapots? The patterns are absolutely amazing. A few red or peach succulents would be gorgeous… something like a sedum cherry tart would be gorgeous!
This post was a horrible idea… all I’m doing is finding more planters and succulents that I want for myself!
Okay this little mug speaks nothing but the truth. I mean who doesn’t love Target?! There’s a reason they put the dollar spot at the front of the store… and I never get past the dollar spot without picking up at least a couple items.
If Target sold succulents I would really be in trouble.
This little guy looks like lace and it is so elegant. It comes in a variety of color (I almost picked the pink!) but the gray has such beautiful contrast. It would really let the plants stand out.
Well that’s it… 22 fun succulent planters! Which one is your favorite? I am excited about the little owl mug and the octopus bowl. Let me know which one you love in the comments.