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How To Make Cool Repurposed Planters For Succulents

AD | This repurposed planters project is in collaboration with Gorilla Glue, but all opinions are my own.

I’m always on the lookout for creative ideas for upcycled planters. The things I’ve turned into planters before have included tin cans, pallets, plastic bottles and crockery.

Last week, I scoured my local junk and charity shops to collect a range of things to repurpose into succulent planters. (Car boot sales would be a good source, too!). I ended up with an eclectic mixture of candlesticks, glasses and bowls to make the DIY planters.

To make upcycled tall planters, I stuck candlesticks to bowls. This was a case of glueing various metal, glass and porcelain combinations. For this task, I used Gorilla Contact Adhesive Clear.

I’m a big fan of rainbows in home decor; it was pride month. So, this was the inspiration for the bright, colourful rainbow theme of the repurposed planters.

The hardest decision I had to make with this upcycle was deciding what succulents to plant. A visit to my local garden centre didn’t help. The variety of gorgeous succulents was overwhelming; I wanted them all!

To justify buying more succulents, I will have to think of more creative ideas for plant containers.

Upcycled Succulent Planters Made From Junk Shop Finds

This is a speedy and easy craft. Not including drying time, the planters only take about 10 minutes to make. It’s also very affordable. The junk shop items only cost a couple of pounds in total. You probably even have things at home that you can turn into planters.

rainbow repurposed planters

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What You Need To Make Repurposed Planters

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How To Make Upcycled Tall Planters

Step 1: The first thing to do is gather your collection of items and then arrange them into different combinations. Place bowls onto candlesticks. When you are happy with your designs, then move on to the next stage of glueing the items together.

Arranging the DIY succulent planters

Step 2: Use Gorilla Contact Adhesive Clear to stick the items together. Apply the adhesive to each surface to be bonded. Wait a couple of minutes for the glue to dry partially, then press both surfaces firmly together. Next, leave the items for at least 24 hours for the adhesive to cure.

*Cure time may increase with lower temperatures and when used on non-porous surfaces.

Applying glue to the base
applying gorilla adhesive
Glued upcycled planter
creative ideas for plant containers

Step 3: Once the Gorilla Contact Adhesive Clear has had time to cure, you can move on to painting the repurposed planters. I made five DIY planters and used five different coloured spray paints to create a rainbow. I used red, orange, yellow, blue and green colours.

Both the outside and inside of each planter was spray painted. Remember, when spray painting, it is best to do this outside. You can also spray plastic bottles to make planters.

spray painting planter red
rainbow spray painted planters
Rainbow upcycled tall planters

Step 4: Plant the succulents into the glasses once the paint has dried. There are no drainage holes with these repurposed planters, so I added a layer of gravel at the bottom of each planter. This will help with drainage. Just make sure you don’t overwater the succulents.

Then add a succulent-specific compost before potting the succulent. There are some excellent tips for planting succulents in containers here.

planting succulents
planting succulents

Choosing Succulents

As I mentioned initially, the most challenging thing about this craft was deciding what succulents to plant. For a fun display, I chose a different type of succulent for each planter. I potted succulents in the upcycled tall planters that overhang the edge of the repurposed containers.

Upcycled tall planters
repurposed planters
rainbow upcycled succulent planters

The rainbow of repurposed succulent planters has brightened up my mantle. Every time I visit my local charity shop, I look for more things to turn into planters. Old teacups would also work well with this craft.

rainbow repurposed planters
rainbow DIY repurposed planters
Yield: Tall Rainbow Succulent Planters

Make Upcycled Tall Succulent Planters

rainbow repurposed planters

These gorgeous rainbow succulent planters are so easy to make and a great way to display different succulents. They look great on a mantle.

Prep Time 2 hours
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5


  • Old bowls, glasses and candlesticks
  • Gorilla Glue Contact Adhesive Clear
  • Coloured spray paint
  • Succulents, soil and pebbles


  1. Glue small bowls and cups to the top of candlesticks and glasses of various sizes
  2. Spray paint each planter a different colour from the rainbow
  3. Put a layer of pebbles in the bottom of each bowl.
  4. Add soil and succulents.

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Check out these fabulous rainbow thistle decorations if you are a fan of rainbows in home decor. You should check out these rainbow DIY pom-pom flowers and fabric flowers if you don’t feel very green-fingered but like the colourful decor.

Or you might want to check out some of my other repurposed planter ideas.

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Saturday 9th of November 2019

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Shona Edwards

Sunday 1st of September 2019

How did you manage to spray paint the inside of the containers without getting drip marks on the edges?

Claire Armstrong

Monday 2nd of September 2019

I used Montana spray paint I don’t know if that helps, I just sprayed thin paint layers. I don’t have a problem with drips when using spray paint.

Susie Bentz

Thursday 1st of August 2019

Brilliant - love these in all the bright colors!

Claire Armstrong

Friday 2nd of August 2019

Thank you, I do like a rainbow.


Friday 12th of July 2019

Hello! I love your project so much that I decided to have it be a feature at Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #278 - congratulations! :)

Claire Armstrong

Friday 12th of July 2019

Thank you so much I look forward to seeing it.

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Tuesday 9th of July 2019

[…] This repurposed idea from Pillar Box Blue is GENIUS. I just LOVE this whole idea and can’t wait to try making some […]

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