DIY Rustic Succulent Centerpiece

by Christie on June 30, 2016

in Gardening 101

How to Make a DIY Succulent Centerpiece for your table

 This DIY Rustic Succulent Centerpiece is a fun way to incorporate succulent plants into your outdoor living space.  These low maintenance plants make a lovely summer centerpiece.

Hi, I'm Ang from Juggling Act Mama - a lifestyle blog where I share recipes, crafts and DIY projects and more for busy moms that want to do it all.  I'm excited to be sharing this project here at Little House Living today!  My latest gardening project is this pretty DIY Rustic Succulent Centerpiece.  It's easier than it looks, I promise! Don't be afraid of drilling the holes. This whole project DIY Rustic Succulent Centerpiece took us just 30 minutes.

Succulents are easy to grow and maintain, so they're perfect for the gardening novice and expert alike. They can grow in really small amounts of dirt, allowing you to plant them in unusual places! We used a variety of Hens and Chicks, which are my favorite succulents. Hens and Chicks grow close together in a rosette design.  The hen is the main plant, and the chicks, or 'babies', are can be transplanted easily.  These succulents multiply quickly within the room they're given.  Hens and Chicks do best in well-drained soil and do especially well in rock gardens and terrariums.

DIY Rustic Succulent Centerpiece

This DIY Rustic Succulent Centerpiece is perfect for outdoor entertaining or a cozy dinner for two at the picnic table on a warm summer evening. When you are finished with it adorning your table, place it in the garden for everlasting charm!  It also makes a lovely housewarming or hostess gift as well.

succulent 1


  • 1 Half Birch Log (or soft wood of your choice)
  • Drill
  • 3" Woodhole saw bit
  • 1/4" drill bit
  • Chisel or Flathead screwdriver
  • Succulent plants
  • Jumbo tea light candles
    Small rocks (optional)


  1. Attach the hole bit to the drill, per manufacturer instructions.succulent 2
    succulent 3
  2. Drill holes across the flat , cut surface of the wood about 1-2" apart and halfway deep.  NOTE* Because you are not drilling all the way through the wood circle will put come out, use the chisel of a flat head screwdriver to break it out.  Ours split into 3 pieces and popped right out.succulent 4
  3. Remove the hole saw bit from the drill and attach the 1/4" drill bit. Finish drilling through the existing hole in the bottom of the log for drainage.succulent 5
  4. Plant a succulent into each hole in the middle.  Place a tea light candle at each end.
  5. Clean off the excess dirt and place the rocks around the succulents of you would like. (We didn't use the rocks because our log was slightly tipsy and I liked the look of the wood.)succulent final 1

That's it, just five simple steps and you have a beautiful DIY Rustic Succulent Centerpiece to keep or give away.

I'm Ang from Juggling Act Mama - a lifestyle blog where I share recipes, crafts and DIY projects and more for busy moms that want to do it all. 


Print Friendly

Disclaimer: This post may contain a link to an affiliate. See my disclosure policy for more information.

11:37 am

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica Nuttall July 5, 2016 at 10:07 am

I absolutely love this idea! This is so cute and I cannot wait to try it! I also love succulents and think this would be great for entertaining.


2 Linda Bouffard July 14, 2016 at 9:26 pm

This is so cute. I love succulents. Wishing you a wonderful summer. Linda #Crafts a la mode


3 Renata July 16, 2016 at 3:56 am

This is so cute! I love love love it! 🙂 Great job!


4 Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood July 16, 2016 at 11:23 am

I am obsessed with this! So gorgeous.


5 Kitty July 17, 2016 at 5:30 pm

This is such a darling idea! I love succulents!


6 Nicole | The Professional Mom Project July 17, 2016 at 5:53 pm

Love it! The combo of succulents and the birch log is so pretty. Great idea.


7 Christine July 18, 2016 at 3:09 pm

Loving this idea! I could make it as long or as thin as I want or need. It’s beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at DI & DI, we love having you and always look forward to your posts.



8 Kim July 18, 2016 at 8:09 pm

Cute idea and I have two birch candleholders I could use this for! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on G+! Have a great week!


9 Theresa (@DearCreatives) July 19, 2016 at 12:07 pm

Love this DIY. Shared. Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight party.


10 Carol July 20, 2016 at 8:26 am

Great idea and I love the look.


11 Danita Carr July 22, 2016 at 12:20 pm

Very pretty! Love it! Thanks for sharing at #SmallVictories linkup!


12 Rheta July 24, 2016 at 6:50 pm

I love this idea! I especially love your choice of birch. Can’t beat the white, black and green for a fresh look and it can be dressed up as the season changes, too!


13 Nici July 27, 2016 at 3:17 pm

Love this rustic succulent centerpiece! I’m a “sucker” for these adorable plants… putting them in your planter just made them even cuter! Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party!


Leave a Comment

Thanks for taking a moment to share your thoughts and your story. I love to hear from you and love when you are able to add something constructive to the conversation! Please remember this is a supportive and encouraging community. LHL reserves the right to delete any personal attacks, rude or offensive language, or anything not deemed family friendly. If you don't have anything nice to say, please keep it to yourself.

See our Comment Policy for more information.