Try This: Skull Succulent Planter

Succulent skull planter idea! If you like the thought of decorating for Halloween but don’t feel very crafty (or don’t have a lot of time to devote to decor), then this skull with succulent eyes is a quick idea to add a bit of spooky fun around the house. When you love growing things as much as we do, it’s hard not to see the planter potential in most objects, and the abundance of plaster skulls in the craft stores seemed like the perfect opportunity to make a Halloween-themed planter.

I gave my skull a coat of semi-gloss spray paint to add a bit of luster to the surface, and then cut fresh stems off a larger succulent plant and added them into the eye sockets. Since these particular succulents are a bit top heavy, I used a drop of super glue to keep them in place so they wouldn’t fall out. You can use real succulents if you’d like, or, if you want to keep the look for much longer, you can use fake succulents instead. Air plants would also be good for this project because you can just pull them out to water every so often and put them back in. 

Succulent skull planter idea!

Succulent skull planter idea!

Succulent skull planter idea! Besides the fact that I find this little guy visually adorable, I also like the contrast of a living thing (the plant) coupled with something dead (the skull). It kind of adds a poetic depth to it that you can totally pretend you did on purpose to be a super-duper smarty pants. Isn’t that how highly intelligent people refer to themselves? That’s what I thought. Now go plant some skulls! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • What a cute idea. Love this – and would def. keep this around all year round – not just for halloween.

    rae of love from berlin

  • I made a skull succulent planter for Halloween last year…
    It’s still my favorite planter!!!

  • Such a cute and unique way to show off your succulents! We made terrariums to showcase ours, check it out on our blog!

  • I would keep this all year long – love it! I think I’d use a plant or succulent with a pop of color to add to it!


  • How charming!

    Does anyone happen to know the name of the variety of succulent featured? It is just what I need for a project of mine.

  • This is such a cute idea! I’ve just posted a post about my halloween costume if you wanted to check it out!
    Much love xxxx

  • You are a genius!
    I love this. Very unusual, spooky, yet pretty at the same time! x

  • It’s cute but I prefer the more complicated projects.

  • this is tooo good!! a mix of two of my favorite things 🙂

  • I’m loving all of the plaster skull projects lately! Adding a pop of green is really nice!

  • What a great idea!!! For some reason it reminds me of Rescurers Downunder? (with the jewel in the skull) lol

    Dannon //
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  • I love that using the skull can be so simple! Then easy to repurpose for any time of the year.
    Great idea!!!!

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