A vintage planter cacti garden

Vintage planter filled with cacti + succulents I found this cute little mid-century planter at a flea market last week. After seeing this pin I knew just what I needed to fill it with, a colorful arrangement of cacti and succulents! It was so much fun to pick out a variety. I'm kinda obsessed with adding green to our home right now. It completely brings the place to life!Plants make me happy! Plants make me happy! Plants make me happy! Plants make me happy! Thanks for letting me share my tiny, but very happy, project! Sometimes it's the little things that get me most excited. xo. Elsie 

  • Bravo !!!! what a magnificent collection. wish you can post me any new collection in future

  • I really love what you did with it. It’s beautiful in it’s own way. The composion of the white, black and colours is just genius. Well done. 🙂

    best wishes from Germany,


  • I have a vintage plant stand just like this that I thrifted! I just can’t seem to find the right pot to fit inside of it! Did your white pot come with the stand? It’s gorgeous!

  • How adorable! I don’t have any plants, at the moment, I am ashamed to say. I think my son would destroy them.

  • I love how colorful this is! The planter was a great find, too. You’re inspiring me to get my hands dirty.

    Where did you find the purple tipped one? It’s super cute but I’ve never seen it before.


  • Beautiful arrangement! This inspired me to pick up some flowers while I was just out at the market. 🙂


  • yeahh all those little flowers are straw flowers unfortunately. if you pull them off then it’ll allow the real ones to grow!

  • I am super envious of this planter you scored! I wish I could have one just like it or similar. I love how you added different colored cacti

  • Wow! This is one of the cuttest and colorful succulent arrangement I have seen so far! I can’t get enough of this type of plant!
    Well done!

  • These are really beautiful, I’m obsessed with cacti and succulents too, any suggestions on planting them, lol I always leave them in the pot,
    Did you use gloves, mittens, tongs? lol

    <3 Jenelle
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  • Oh my gosh, I bet I could totally DIY a version of this using those same hairpin legs you used for your pallet table! <3


  • Oh, I LOVE this! Those succulents are so vibrant! And that vintage container? Swoon!

  • I never though cacti were cute but this post changed my mind, such wonderful colours and not harsh at all!

  • that purple succulent is gorgeous! I need to find one of those for my glass teardrop terrarium… cant wait to hang it in my living room!

  • Lovely planter! What is that purple guy called? I’ve never seen anything like it.

  • I read online that succulents require good drainage – I have a couple baby succulents that I want to transfer to a new container but I haven’t found the right one yet… Your container looks like it doesn’t have drainage holes? Is it okay to use containers without holes?

  • This is so cute! Now that it is (almost) spring I can’t wait for all of the color- what agreat way to bring it inside!

    xx Kait


  • love this SO much! the colours are fantastic, and i love the planter too.

  • What is that darling purple and green succulent? It looks like the hens and chicks that I have outside my front door. Is it a specific variety?

  • If it contains cacti….I pretty much LOVE it!



  • Love it! I bought my very first flowers for my house this week and I can’t stop moving them from room to room because they just instantly brighten it up. I think I need a planter similar to this in my living room.


  • Soooo cute! I love it!

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  • Love this. Do you know the name of that beautiful succulent with the purple tipped leaves. I’d love to add that to my front porch pots!

  • Can anyone help me on how to take care of cacti and succulents? How are you supposed to water them and do they need any special soil? 🙂

  • I made something like this with my mom last spring. Very fun, super pretty results. But now, a year later, all the succulents have grown so much that the garden looks weird! It’s all spindly and the plants have grown up and outward, so the cute little bundled look is gone. Any idea how to keep that from happening? Is it like bonsai, where you have to prune them and keep the roots in check? Or is the cacti garden just one of those temporary beautiful things?

  • Elsie, How do you suggest re-potting cactus plants without stabbing yourself? Do you just wear gardening gloves? I’ve tried but I keep getting pricked, they are so much sharper than they look! Any tips would be appreciated! 🙂

  • this is a must try, i love it. instant happiness.


  • Super cute and perfect idea!

    Lulu xx


  • this is so pretty!! i’ve been wanting do to some succulents. Thanks for sharing some inspiration!

  • This is such a wonderful idea! Would love to create one within my house.

    Sharleena xx

  • Omg thats awesome, would love to add more plants to my home and these shouldn’t be too difficult to keep alive, love it!

  • I love this! But unfortunately I think I’m the only one in the world to actually know how to kill cacti!

  • Oh, I love this! I found an old fountain in the trash about a month ago and I am dying to turn it into a succulent planter!

  • I love succulents. If there is one non-food I like to grow, it’s those. Did you know that those cacti flowers are usually fake ones glued on?! A friend of mine showed up (they pulled theirs off), and a week later hers flowered for real!

  • This planter is very cool & I love that purple cactus! I made one not so long ago, but I am waiting for them all to start flowering again!

  • Wow! What a great idea! I love your inspiration posts! Thank you for sharing!

  • Loveeeeeeeee it!

    Thanks for sharing! And a little did you know… you can take the pit of an avocado and grow a tree! I currently have three in my window sill and all are sprouting.

    I’m also a big bamboo fan… for those with black thumbs they are GREAT plants, you don’t even need soil. Just use some rocks and change the water every two weeks (ps. Ikea is a great place to get bamboo).

  • I adore these. I think it’s high time I start adding some life to my home as well! Great inspiration here.

  • This is gorgeous! What’s the name of the blue one?

  • I’m from the Mojave Desert in California and live in Florida now so I can’t help but love this! So pretty, brilliant use of color.


  • This is so gorgeous. I do NOT have a green thumb but I might be able to pull this off.

  • This is so pretty and colorful 🙂

    Erica of

  • What kind of soil is that? Don’t mean to be accusatory or anything, but it doesn’t look like it’s the right kind of soil for succulents (though correct me if I’m wrong!)

  • So adorable! What colorful cacti! I am terrible at caring for plants but I think this one may be worth a try – especially since cactus are supposed to be pretty hearty plants. Thanks for sharing!


  • This is perfect! Your choice of plants is just right. I too am a huge fan of house plants. They add just the right touch to make a house a home.

  • these are beautiful! i haven’t had tonnes of success with plants, but cacti seem hassle-free and so pretty for spring!

  • Cacti and succulents are the perfect combination of low maintenence and prettiness! I absolutely love these colors!

  • That planter is rad. I would love to find a purple edged dude like that one. What a great color!

  • I posted a similar kind of picture on instagram yesterday, and was told that many of the flowers are dried and stuck on with pins. Still pretty, but kinda sad!

  • Awesome Elsie! I am horrible at keeping plants alive so this would probably be a good idea for me since those look harder to kill:-) Super cute and colorful..Love it! ~Christina

  • I totally love this! I would absolutely copy this if I would not a bird who eats all my plants ._.


  • this is absolutely adorable!
    you ladies amaze me, so crafty!

  • That looks so nice. I have at home succulents but not in so nice “garden” like that. Nice inspiration.


  • I would call this a ‘little joy’. Those things or moments in life that just make you happy for some reason and you just have to stop and enjoy it for minute. Life is just too hard not to pause and soak up the ‘little joys’!




  • Very cool idea! I’ve never tried something like that before, but now you’ve got me thinking about it!

  • Wow, what a great arrangement! I’m in love with succulent flowers. There is a ginormous 10 ft Cactus about to bloom in front of the Santa Barbara Mission, and I need to check it everyday until it pops!

  • So cute! Any tips on keeping succulents alive?? ha. I’ve got two and I’ve tried everything and they are still dying.

  • i love the planter!! i would put it in my yard for a mod looking bird bath.


  • this is amazing i love it!


  • Love your mini garden Elsie..

    xo Janika

  • I just remembered my grandmother, she had one of those
    is a pretty nice idea, vintage and recycling is something that everybody should try


  • I love how colourful all of these are! So cute! 😀
    xo Heather

  • Agh the colours are TOO good in your planter. I’ve wanted a planter of cacti for a long time. Something about them is so dainty in a weird awkward way haha!


  • Great project! Thanks for sharing!


  • This is so pretty! Literally brought a smile to my face.

    Planter envy.


  • That’s so sweet and so beautiful all at the same time. I love all the color!

  • awesome find ! and a great way to make a fun use out of it…


  • Oh, I love this! I have a cluster of succulents that desperately need to be replanted to give them more room and I like the idea of adding in colorful cacti. I’ll have to remember this!


  • Love this post, thanks for sharing!


  • Can’t go wrong with succulents! I really like how yours are so colorful!

  • I love green things. Green things + color? Cannot be beat.



  • This is gorgeous!! AHH I want it in my home! You did a great job!

  • Beautiful Elsie! I love succulents and yours look fantastic in that planter!
    xx Allison


  • LOVE it!!! SO bright + colorful. I can’t wait for warm weather + planting.

  • That planter is fantastic
    I really like your cacti and succulents and that there’s a bit of colour in there as well as just green

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  • I love this! I’ve been really into cacti lately and this is a great way to do it! Going to keep this in mind for future decorating plans.

  • flowers always make me happy! Every spring, the kids and I plant flowers in the garden out back and in pots on the front porch. They instantly make me smile. 🙂

    love your arrangement!

  • Love the mid-century find! What a great little garden… perfect for apartment life.


  • This is lovely, I’m not a big fan of a cactus usually but this I really like! Well done 🙂

    Gemma typically.pretty.english

  • It’s beautiful!! Oh my goodness – I love it! That is such an awesome find.

  • ohhh, this is so pretty. the colors are so wonderful.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

  • Gorgeous! I would like your planter, your creativity and your obvious green thumb!

    Karin @ Cafe Bebe

  • Love this! I liked it on instagram, these photos take it to the next level. Will be in the look for one.

  • I really love this. Absolutely want to make one!

  • Even though I am not a fan of cactus plants, I really like the arrangement of this planter!

  • That planter is adorable! I never find cute things like that when I go out looking! Maybe I need to take another trip to springfield!



  • I have been meaning to get to the green house and pick up some little baby succulents! Now I think I will have to go later today!
    Thanks Elsie:)

  • This is so lovely Elsie! Everything about it is so perfectly vintage/modern and the colors are very bright and fun. And I actually think I could handle a little garden like this. It is hard to kill succulents, right? 😉

  • I was in cvs yesterday. They had tons of little succulent plants. I was going to buy one when I noticed some of the flowers had actually been fixed to the plants with a hot glue gun. I wonder if anyone has seen this elsewhere? And do the mistreated plants die like carnival goldfish?

  • I love this so much! I’ve been itching to buy a few succulents for my home 🙂

    You’re In Brookelynn

  • so great! succulents and cacti are the only things i can keep alive so this is prefect!

  • It really does look amazing. So many colors and shapes! Cacti are great.

  • I love that purple! Too bad I can’t keep anything alive…not even succulants!!!

  • Well…you did it again! You blew my mind with another awesome project! I never thought of decorating with cacti and succulents, but the colors you used here are just beautiful. My sister is coming into town this weekend, and I think this is the perfect little project for us. Thank you again for the great inspiration:)

  • absolutely in love with this! we have a trip to the plant nursery planned for a couple of weeks from now when the weather warms up, and i’m beyond excited 🙂

  • this is, without a doubt, one of my favorite things you’ve posted. i saw your pin and started researching how to make cacti grew. guess you just purchased them. so awesome.

  • I absolutely love the colors in this! Your projects never fail to inspire me 🙂

  • love it – succulents and cacti are my favorite plants because they are hard to kill :).

  • j’adore !!
    I love it, it’s colorfull and amazing !!!
    Well done Elsie 🙂

    Hi from France !

  • i looove succulents. this is so pretty! and i agree about adding plants to a home to bring it to life. it really does, i’m obsessed!

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