Brass Succulent Planter DIY

Make this brass succulent planter for just a few dollars! Click through for materials and instructions.Hi! It's Mandi from Making Nice in the Midwest. Brass is a quickly growing trend in home decor these days, which is lucky for me because my 1950's home is full of brass hardware just begging for some coordination. I thought a brass planter would be the perfect shiny element to my coffee table arrangement, but I couldn't find anything like what I imagined in stores. So after a quick trip to the hardware store and the craft store, I had spent less than twenty dollars on supplies to make three pretty brass succulent planters–with supplies to spare! Check out how I made them, below.Make this brass succulent planter for just a few dollars! Click through for materials and instructions.Make this brass succulent planter for just a few dollars! Click through for materials and instructions.Supplies:

– PVC sewage drain caps in various sizes
– Power drill + drill bit
– aluminum sheeting in brass color (I used 38 gauge.)
– X-Acto blade
– Steel ruler
– Measuring tape
– Permanent spray adhesive
– Cutting mat (optional, but helpful)
– Black paint + primer (optional)Make this brass succulent planter for just a few dollars! Click through for materials and instructions.Step One: Paint the PVC caps if they are not black. I had originally planned on keeping my PVC planters white, but after considering the fact that they would be filled with dark dirt I decided to paint them black before wrapping in the aluminum sheet metal. I had some gray primer leftover from this rolling cart project and had some black spray paint on hand for a project I'll be working on later this month, so I just rolled with my instincts and painted them black. You certainly don't have to paint yours if you're in a hurry, but I really am glad I decided to!Make this brass succulent planter for just a few dollars! Click through for materials and instructions.Step Two: Drill drainage holes in the bottom of the larger PVC caps. I drilled three to four drainage holes in each of the PVC caps that I planned on filling with plants. Succulents are desert plants, so they need drier soil to grow in. Of course, they still need to be watered well, but the moisture has to go somewhere or root rot will occur and your succulents will die a sad death. Relying solely on pebbles in the bottom of your planter for drainage is risky, so (keeping that in mind) I designed the pedestal style planter so that the botton portion is a saucer that catches excess water through the drainage holes of the top portion.

Step Three: Measure the circumference and height of the PVC pipe.  Add .25" to the length and subtract 1/16" from the height before noting the measurement.Make this brass succulent planter for just a few dollars! Click through for materials and instructions.Step Four: For each PVC cap that you're using, cut a piece of sheet metal to your noted measurements from step three. Be very careful when handling the aluminum because it is easily imprinted and warped, and those imperfections are not easily removed. If you mess up a piece, it's much easier to just throw it away than it is to fix it. I handled my metal with gloves so that my finger didn't tarnish the metal or leave prints.

Step Five: Lay out each strip of sheet metal facedown onto newspaper or protective paper, making sure there are several inches of space between them. Spray the wrong side with permanent spray adhesive, making sure to completely cover the edges without getting overspray on the good side. Spacing out the pieces will help prevent overspray from sticking to the good side of the aluminum.

Place the PVC cap upside down and attach the adhesive side of the aluminum to it by pressing the middle part of the alumimun to the PVC cap, working your way around to either end. When you get to the end, just overlap the excess metal and press with your finger to make sure the end will adhere completely.Make this brass succulent planter for just a few dollars! Click through for materials and instructions.Step Six: Fill the bottom of each aluminum-wrapped PVC cap with a layer of pebbles. This will assist in draining the water from the soil. 

Step Seven: Cover the pebbles with a thin layer of fast-draining potting soil, arrange the succulents inside the PVC cap, and then fill in around them with more fast-draining potting soil. I topped the soil with pebbles, but that's actually not necessary. Make this brass succulent planter for just a few dollars! Click through for materials and instructions.After the PVC cap is filled, you can stack the larger caps on top of the smaller empty ones to create a pedestal design. The smaller ones should not have holes drilled in them, because they will be sitting like a bowl, the open side upward, underneath the larger caps, which do have holes. The bottom portion of the pedestal-style planter is there to catch the water as it drains from the soil when the succulents are watered. If you are not planning on using a pedestal-style planter design, but would prefer just to have one PVC cap by itself, be aware that you should still give the succulents a good soak when it's watering time, but you will need to let it drain out somewhere safe from water, like in a sink.Make this brass succulent planter for just a few dollars! Click through for materials and instructions.The succulents look so happy on our coffee table! I chose this spot in our house because it's the brightest room, thanks to our south and west facing windows and bright, white walls. Succulents love lots of light and generous watering when it's time–just make sure your soil drains well and has a chance to dry out between waterings. I dip my little finger into the soil an inch or so to check the moisture level of the soil before watering. If you have trouble keeping your plants alive, that's one trick you might employ before giving up altogether.

If you're interested in the cost of my supplies, I found the PVC caps shown in the image above for less than $12 at Lowes, and the brass-toned aluminum (I had leftovers after covering the caps shown above) was found at a local craft store chain (Pat Catans) for less than $5. Spray adhesive is something I usually have in my craft closet, as well as a variety of spray paints. You really can't beat the price for such beautiful looking planters!


Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson

  • Can’t wait to try this! Any suggestions on where to get the brass-toned aluminum?

  • The cute coffee table with the yellow legs…awe…I have an amazing little plant table with similare skinny legs ad a gold rim around the white leather lined top. I have it in our living room and been thinking how to spice it up, since it’s from the sixties and really needs some upcycling.

    Thanks for sharing this idea!

    Love from Germany,

  • It’s a common misconception that succulents need very little water. They do best when soaked completely, allowed to drain completely and dry out completely before the next soak. If you’ve had good luck otherwise, then I’m impressed! And jealous. 🙂

  • This looks so good! i gonna try it for sure! I made my first DIY with a nutella jar, hope you can check it out in my blog.
    Polish & Lemonade

  • I totally love this! Such a fun and cheap DIY! Also, I’m totally digging brass (and gold, always) in home decor.


  • Love this!! But you don’t really need to drill drainage holes. You would have to soak the plants to need the water to drain. All you need is to dampen the soil with succulents!!

  • I just saw these as a centerpiece at a wedding over the weekend. And they had small individual ones as take home gifts. They would have been great gifts but the dirt just spilled everywhere before we made the 4 hour trip back home.

  • These are beautiful!!! AAHH…they seem so easy to DIY, too! The succulents’s vivid green color go well with the shiny brass.
    Carla @ Love Cartista

  • Wow this is seriously awesome! I was thinking of ordering one off Esty but now I might buy one instead. Thank you for sharing!

    Krystal |

  • Awesome! How did you get such a big tuna can? Or was your planter just a wee guy?

  • It depends on your atmosphere conditions- I would just do the finger test- stick your finger deep into the dirt, and it it’s moist, don’t water. If it’s dry- then soak the plant completely, allow the soil to drain completely (in a sink if you don’t have a saucer portion like I do on my pedestal style) before you put them back in place. They need bright light too. 🙂 Just don’t overwater them!

  • I made a brass planter JUST LIKE THIS ONE! but out of a tuna can. RECYCLE! 🙂

  • This is gorgeous. How often do you water them?


  • sehr sehr coole idee – sieht super hübsch aus.
    der frühling schreit nach noch mehr grün und do it yourself – mehr davon 😉

    vreeni von
    freak in you

  • Those would look great in a copper color too. And so suitable for succulents as they don’t need a lot of space for the roots to grow – they love being tight & cozy!

  • So beautiful and simple! Now if only I could keep my plants alive! Must try succulents!

  • Love how quick and easy this DIY is! Perfect DIY for a spring day like today. The gold really pops against the green plants

  • What a good idea! My husbands business has I don’t know how many of these things and always wondered how to DIY them, definitely going to try this out xx

  • WHATTTT!?!?! This is genius!!! Thank you so much Mandi! love love love!

  • so cute! really quite simple to make but really effective 🙂 now I have my next project for when I’m bored one weekend!

  • These are so freakin’ adorable! Thanks for sharing such a lovely tutorial.

  • I love these types of plants, but find that I often kill ’em 🙁

    I think I water too much and then don’t water enough 🙁


  • You never cease to amaze me with the ideas you guys come up with! That is awesome. Gonna have to make a Home Depot run stat!

  • You gals are so clever!!!!!!! How on earth do you come up with all these awesome ideas?!

  • brilliant and absolutely lovely idea! i love 60s and 70s inspired brass!

  • love the gold!

  • Lovely diy! Like the copper tone a lot!

  • Oh those looks so cute! Such a clever idea!

  • these are absolutely stunning!
    love the fact you can make them in different sizes, such a cute grouping.

  • I can’t believe how easy this looks to do, and how cute they look, perfect accessory! Can imagine them looking great on an outside table in summer as a small centerpiece!
    Hannah x

  • I love these! succulents are the best 🙂 especially in brass!

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