Easy Succulent Centerpiece

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On Friday my husband came home with a flat of 15 succulents for the house, which I used to create this Easy Succulent Centerpiece.

Succulent centerpiece.

I wasn’t expecting to receive 15 plants, and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with them when my husband gave them to me. Honestly, I was a little less enthusiastic about this gift than he hoped for! He thought we could plant them outside, but that doesn’t really work in our climate because it is too wet.

Potted succulents in tin cans, perfect for a succulent centerpiece.

So I turned to Pinterest to help me figure out something to do with all these unexpected plants.  And it turns out that ideas for using succulents creatively are all over Pinterest. I found a Tabletop Succulent Wreath from J. Peterson Garden Designs, which I thought looked really cool. Â So I used it as an inspiration to make a design of succulents surrounding a candle.

A succulent centerpiece features a candle on a wooden table.

The original design used a wire wreath frame, but I used a simple saucer for the base, the kind that is made to go under large garden containers.  I bought a black plastic 12 inch saucer for about $5, and used it to hold the plants.  I wanted a candle in the center, and I figured that for safety reasons I should use one that was in a glass jar, since I don’t want to accidentally set the plants on fire!  My sister in law gave me a candle for my birthday that worked perfectly.  And since it has a lid I can water the succulents without getting the candle wet.

A succulent centerpiece features a lit candle in a jar.

I spread a layer of small stones in the bottom of the saucer, and then topped it with dirt and arranged the plants somewhat symmetrically. The entire project only took about 20 minutes to make, and it came out looking great!  It is now the centerpiece on my dining room table, and really adds some interest to the room.

Succulent centerpiece with candle and succulents.


  • Succulents
  • Candle in Glass Jar
  • Shallow saucer
  • Gravel
  • Dirt


  1. Put the candle in the center of the saucer.
  2. Spread a layer of gravel in the saucer.
  3. Top with a layer of Cactus soil.
  4. Add the succulents, pushing the roots down into the gravel to hold them upright.
  5. Top with more soil.

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16 thoughts on “Easy Succulent Centerpiece”

  1. This turned out very pretty, I wonder if my cats would eat the plants, nothing unless it is plastic is very safe around my cats, LOL seriously, I have never tried suculents, but they attack ferns and ivy . I like your design and your hubby was very nice getting these for you.

  2. I love this! I have always wanted succulents but they die during the winter in our climate. This is a perfect solution!

  3. You did a great job of improvising when your husband had other plans. One of my students gave me some hen-and-chick succulents at the beginning of the school year, which I proceeded to kill by slow death. I am terrible with indoor plants!

  4. This is absolutely beautiful! I found your lovely blog on Weekend Retreat Link Party.ThanksAngiePS – I wanted to invite you to hop on board the Great Blog Train (blog hop)- this month we are traveling to Kentucky (click on the button on my sidebar)

  5. HiI love your Centerpiece. I have found your blog in Linky Party of Made in to Day and I’m happy for having known you. I apologize for my English, I am Italian and would like to invite to you in the my new blog Hobby e Creatività, Sure I will continue to follow to you. Licia

  6. Thank you very much for joining in and making our Bowdabra Crafty Saturday Showcase, we look forward to seeing your post next Saturday.

    Warm Regards,
    The Bowdabra Team

  7. What a lovely gesture Anne for hubby to bring home 15 plants! 🙂
    I really love this centerpiece idea and have featured it from last week’s Say G’day Party! Pinned and shared! It is will in today’s post!


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