Apr 23, 2012 - Planted    26 Comments

Triple Succulent & Wood Centerpiece

A few months ago my sister Amy and I went thrifting while working on another project.  That’s when we came across an awesome wood planter.  It looks like a home made project.  One large piece of wood cut slightly at an angle on each side with 12 holes drilled in the top.  I’m not sure what the makers intent was, possible to hold candles (thanks to James at TheCavenderDiary.com, I now know it is an antique Mexican Sugar Mold that is often used with candles now)?  As soon as we saw it, we knew it would look awesome in my house.  We bought it for $4.  It needed some work, so I got out my sanding block and went to town.  Then I wiped it down and re-stained it with a wax stain I had on hand.  It really brought out the character of the wood and added depth to it if that makes sense.

Succulents Planted in Wood Centerpiece

I knew I wanted succulents in each of the holes.  I searched Ikea, Walmart, and Lowes, but it wasn’t until I shopped the indoor plant isle at Lowe’s that I found exactly what I was looking for.  Little four packs of succulents made to “make your own dish garden”.  They were about $4 each, making my total plant purchase $12, way cheaper than anywhere else.  The selection was huge.  I wanted three different textures and 3 different colors.

Succulents Planted in Wood Centerpiece

I ended up with Hens & Chicks, Ghost Plant, and Jade plant (in that order below).  I love the textures, shapes, and colors each brings.

Succulents Planted in Wood Centerpiece

I poured a small amount of soil in each hole and then placed each plant in the hole and filled the surrounding area with extra soil.  Water as needed.  (NOTE: I am now in search of inexpensive plant holders to protect the wood, something that will nest down inside the sugar mold holes).

Succulents Planted in Wood Centerpiece

I’ve placed the centerpiece in several locations like the center of my table, outside on the patio table, and along the side of my bath tub.  I love it!  Let’s hope I can keep it alive.

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  • LOVE this! I just did a post about my newfound love of succulents (and by “love” I might actually mean “inability to kill”). And your planter? Gorgeous!

  • This is fabulous!!! I am soooo hitting Lowes this week! ;)

  • I absolutely LOVE this idea! It’s a wood sugar mold from Mexico…and yes, most people use them for votives. But I have never seen one used as a planter…and for suculents no less. Great Idea…..just may borrow it from you…

    • Oh my gosh James, I had no idea! Looks like I got a pretty good deal for $4. Maybe I should find cups to put the succulents in inside the holes. Thanks for enlightening me.

  • This is wonderful! What an awesome find….great “eye”..
    I love, love, love succulents too because they are so easy to care for. I had to “pin” this! Thanks!

  • I have a 12 space sugar mold and I use it for votive candles or Ive also cut single flowers and put inside glass votive cups, spider mums work great!

    I got some larger style glass votive cups at Hobby Lobby, I may put succulents in those so as not to ruin the wood and still be able to change it up .

    It looks so pretty!

  • I also own the sugar mold. We bought them at the semi-annual Warrenton Market Days. Besides the flowers I have used decorated eggs with floral grass around them for Easter and ornaments at Christmas. I will use this ideal–I can kill most everything. Thanks

  • So cute! I’ve been looking for some Succulents, thanks for pointing me to Lowes! I’m now a follower!

  • So sweet! This could so easily be done with virtually anything! Love the idea of it being so long and skinny… cool windowsill art. :)

    Shared on FJI Facebook and pinned for SNS 131. :)



    • Yay! Thanks Donna! I love the shape too, it works in so many locations, I think it looks best by the tub but I want to share it with all my guests so it’ll probably end up in the kitchen window or table.

  • What a beautiful idea! I featured it on my TT&J FB page :)


    • Thanks for the party Jen!

  • I don’t know if it would work, but I was thinking maybe the cups could be lined with melted wax. Drip the melted wax in the mold then spread, or form the wax in the cup. Or, how about just lining the cups with plastic wrap or pieces of cut plastic grocery bags. I use the bags a lot. Just a thought

  • I bought one of these a few yrs ago from a funky shop we used to have here locally. At that time, they sold some really cool metal liners for these sugar molds that didn’t stick up above the top. I didn’t buy any but wish I had. Maybe Ebay? I’ve also used the votive cups. I think these sugar molds are just beautiful and I really like your idea!!!

    • I think those metal cups would be perfect, I found them on line, kind of pricey for me. I’m going to check out Hobby Lobby first, see what I can work up.

  • Shopwiki.com has the tin inserts in assorted sizes..

    • Thanks Debbie, the glass ones look perfect!

  • This turned out beautifully Amanda! Another great idea! {pinned it}
    xo Becca

  • What a beautiful planter! Great find. Megan

  • I love this Amanda! I need more plants in my house. I’m rather notorious for destroying plants that need a lot of care and I’ve heard succulents are right down my alley. Plus, I love the way they look.

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