DIY Driftwood Succulent Centerpiece for $2

DIY Driftwood Centerpiece for $2

Lately I’m obsessed with nature-inspired DIYs for my home decor. My house is currently a conglomerate of all things beachy, woodsy and country. This driftwood succulent centerpiece is my most recent experiment. Turns out – this thing is easy, and CHEAP to make! The rustic beauty of the driftwood, and the earthy feel of the succulent plant makes it a great conversation piece for an outdoor party.

I am lucky enough to live by the beach, so for me, the driftwood was completely free. My fiance and I just took a stroll around the sand and foliage around the beach and found several nice shaped pieces of wood. For the succulents – we went to our local outdoor swap meet/flea market, and found a vendor selling mini succulent plants for $1 each, so that is the ONLY thing we had to pay for to make this. If you don’t have access to the beach, you can still find quality pieces of “driftwood” around lakes, river beds, or even in the woods.

What you’ll need for this DIY:

  • A piece of driftwood (the one I used is about 9″ long)
  • A drill with a spade bit head (we used a 3/4″ head)
  • 2 small succulent plans

If your driftwood is natural and needs to be sanitized: 

  • A large bucket 
  • Water
  • Bleach

DIY Instructions

Step 1 (Follow this only if driftwood needs to be sanitized)

Fill a large bucket with 9 cups of water, and 1/2 cup of bleach. Place the driftwood in the bucket and let it soak for 3 days. This will sanitize the wood, and will lighten it to a desirable color.

Step 2

Using the spade bit head, drill a hollow center in the piece of wood. The measurement will vary by wood piece, but the hole I made was 3″ long and 1.5″ wide. You will want to measure how much space you will need by placing the succulent plants closely together and measuring the length and width, and then subtract about 1/2 inch each way since you’ll level out the dirt.

Leave about 1/2″ of thickness at the bottom of the wood, so that when you water the plants, the water doesn’t seep out the bottom of the wood.


Step 3

Once you have your hollow center, CAREFULLY remove the succulent from their containers. I use a spoon to loosen the dirt a little, and then gently grab the plant by the leafs.



Step 4

Place the succulents next to each other in the hollow center, and begin to level out the dirt. I used my hands to pat the dirt down, without loosening the dirt around the roots.




Step 5

Once the dirt is leveled, and covering the entire hollow center so that there are no gaps, gently brush off the excess dirt from the outside of the wood.





And tah-duh!

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