When Roselie started planning her wedding, she had a very clear vision of what she wanted and part of my job as her big (crafty) sister was to make that happen. When Roselie approached me to help her create 90 potted succulent favors, I jumped at the chance to make this adorable DIY come to life for her. I had seen potted succulents featured on wedding blogs before but we wanted to put Roselie’s own unique branding on this fun living favor. Using simple materials available at our local Home Depot, we created 90 DIY potted succulent favors that stayed within a budget and had huge ‘wow’ factor.
DIY Potted Succulent Favors For a Wedding
To create a unique look and memorable visual aesthetic, we pulled in Roselie’s wedding colours by painting batches of the terracotta pots in her wedding colours: gold, mint, blush, turquoise/teal and dark blue. It was actually such a fun project as when you paint 90 pots, they inevitably look beautiful together. This style actually strayed from our original intent, which was to do all sorts of amazing geometric designs – but ultimately, we found out very quickly we did not have the artistic flair to pull that off. So we abandoned ship for this more practical route.
- 4 inch terracotta pots ($1.29 a piece)
- Pro Mix Cactus Mix (soil – $5.49 a bag)
- Small individual succulent plants (variety and size varies depending on season. Purchased in April-May for approximately $2 a plant but prices may vary)
- Rustoleum Metallic Accent Paint in Champagne Mist (a beautiful pinky warm gold tone)
- 4 tester pots from the paint counter that were colour matched to Roselie’s wedding colours (~approximately $3-5 a pot)
- craft paint brushes
- drop sheet for painting
Honestly, this was a super stress free but stunning wedding favour to create. We were able to work on the pots well in advance, plant the succulents the week before and then Roselie finished them off by adding adorable round ‘thank you’ toppers.
We started off by painting equal number of the terracotta pots in the 5 chosen colours (gold, dark blue, blush pink, mint and a dark teal shade).
Many hands make for light work (note the above picture on the right. Roselie’s husband quickly got himself into a pickle when he painted all the sides and couldn’t put his pot down).
The pots took about two coats of paint and then one round of touch ups to get our desired look.
After the pots were completely dry, I prepared each for plants by placing a small rock over the drainage hole in the bottom. We grabbed specialized soil for succulents as I find it prolongs the plants life. Fill the pots about half way. Carefully place your succulent inside the pot and top off with more soil around the outside of the plant base.
To transport the finished favours, I placed all of the plants into vintage styled crates that I made with my dad. See how to make those here. The end product was amazing and a hit with the wedding guests. Although I missed it, people apparently rushed to grab their favourites at the beginning of the night.
As always, I had post-event regret that Roselie and I didn’t get a picture with our DIY projects. All our hard working and planning paid off. It felt incredibly wonderful to create one of a kind, handmade favors for Roselie’s guests using simple materials from Home Depot. No need to rush off to a specialized wedding store and buy a million salt and pepper shakers!
Interested in how the pots matched Roselie’s colours?
*Note: All of the materials used in this post were kindly provided by. The opinions and text are all mine. Don’t worry! I only write about brands I love!
Many of the images featured in this post were taken by Jake from Kamp Photography. Non professional photos were taken by Meagan and Roselie.Pin It