DIY Succulent Planter
Spring is finally here. Bring on warmer sunny days and fresh flowers. I love restocking my house with plants in the spring in cute little planters. Although I admit, I’m not the best at keeping them alive. I need plants that can withstand not being watered for a couple of weeks at a time and can handle being handled by a toddler every now and then. That’s why I love succulents. They are pretty much a plant killer’s to go house plant. They need minimal care and curious little hands touching doesn’t mean automatic plant death. Yep, if you are a plant killer but still love house plants, then succulents are your new BFF. That’s why this weeks post is a super cute and easy DIY succulent planter.
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This beautiful DIY succulent planter uses the cutting power of a Cricut Maker and the Cricut Knife Blade. The Cricut Knife Blade is the newest innovation from Cricut. It was specifically designed for the Cricut Maker and to handle the pressure needed to cut through thicker materials. It is perfect for cutting through thick materials like chipboard, wood, and think fabrics (like real leather) like butter. I did a complete guild to the Cricut Knife Blade last week. That post covers what the Cricut Knife Blade is, what it can cut through, what makes it different from Cricut’s other blades, and more! You can find that post HERE
Tips to Make a DIY Succulent Planter:
There are some things you can do to make sure your DIY succulent planter turns out perfect every time. This Basswood comes from my local Michael’s store. I found the Basswood in long sheets in the section with the airplane models. If you need to cut the wood down to fit on your cutting mat, I highly recommend taping over the area you will saw. This will prevent the wood from chipping where it’s cut. A little hand saw will work just fine for cutting the wood down to size. You will also need some 2mm Cricut Chipboard for the wall hanging part of this project.
You will need the design for this project. I’ve uploaded it to Cricut Design Space under their community projects section. But you can also grab it for free HERE. You will need Cricut Access to use some of the decorative shapes. You will also need to make sure that you have a Cricut StrongGrip Mat to cut your wood on, and secure the wood to the mat using painters tape on all sides. This is to ensure that your project stays in place for the whole cutting process. Also, don’t forget to move those white star wheels over all the way to the right.
While the Cricut is usually known for quick projects, the Knife Blade was designed to make multiple passes. This means that projects that use the Cricut Knife Blade do take longer to cut. For me, just the accuracy of the cuts made with the Knife Blade outweighs the time it takes to cut the wood.
You will also need to hook your Cricut Maker up to a computer. The Cricut Knife Blade only works when the Maker is hooked directly up to a computer. This is done with the cord that comes in the box. I also like to keep a spare blade close by just in case it’s needed. Because of the pressure used to cut with the Cricut Knife Blade, it tends to not last as long as other Cricut blades.
If you are using the wall hanger part of the project (the large circle cut out of Cricut Chipboard), use the strong Command Strips to hang your planter. I chose Basswood for this design because of its durability and lightness. All the tabs are cut to fit Basswood, so I don’t recommend cutting this project from Balsa wood
Don’t forget to have some fun decorating your succulent planter. I decorated mine with some gold paint and a stencil made from Cricut Stencil Vinyl cut in a fun geometric pattern that I found in Design Space. I included it in the design, but you don’t have to use it. Note that you will need Cricut Access or to pay for that design if you do use it.
How to Make This DIY Succulent Planter
What you will need:
- Cricut Maker
- Cricut Knife Blade
- Cricut StrongGrip Mats
- Cricut Access (if you want to use the designs I used to decorate)
- THIS DESIGN
- 2 X 1/16X4X24in Basswood pieces
- 2mm Cricut Chipboard
- Painters tape (or masking tape)
- 1/16th Basswood (found at most craft stores)
- Hand saw (if you need to cut your wood down)
- Command Strips
- Wood Glue
- Clear sealer (I used Mod Podge for this project)
- Paint or Vinyl for personalizing (optional)
- Staple gun & staples
How To Make A DIY Wood Succulent Planter:
Prep the Project in Design Space:
I have colour coded the project to make it a bit easier. Purple is wood, gold is vinyl. This planter can stand on its own. If you don’t want to hand the planter on the wall, you can delete the circle. As I mentioned above, the gold triangles and lines are a fun pattern I found in Design Space. You do need Cricut Access (or pay for the design separately) to use the triangles. If you don’t want to use it, just go ahead a delete that. This project was designed to cut on 4in pieces of Basswood and 1 12X12 piece of Cricut Chipboard. You can select the whole planter and size up differently is needed. You will want to select the whole planter at once to keep the proportions right.
Prep the Materials:
If you have the 24in sheets of Basswood, you are going to want to cut that down to size (see above for a great tip to cut this wood without chipping). Remember not to go any longer than 11in’s. You also cannot go any wider then 11in’s when cutting wood materials in Design Space. For this project, I used 3 12X12 Cricut StrongGrip Mats. 2 for the Basswood, and 1 for the Cricut Chipboard. Secure all your materials to your mats using painters tape.
Prep Your Machine for Cutting:
Next, you can load up the Knife Blade into clamp B, and move all the white star wheels over to the far right. Go ahead and click ‘Make It’ in Design Space. Double check that the materials you have on your mats are in the same place as the preview screen. Then click ‘Continue’. The next screen is where you will be selecting your materials. For me it printed the Cricut stencil vinyl, then the Cricut Chipboard, and finally my Basswood.
Cut The Succulent Planter Out:
Now for the fun part. It’s time to start cutting. It will take longer to cut wood, but it’s nothing crazy. It’s about 2 minutes for the Cricut Maker to complete a full pass on a loaded mat. A loaded mat took abo 20mins to fully cut. After all the passes are completed you will be prompted to check to the cuts before unloading. It’s very important to make sure everything is cut through before pressing that flashing unload button. I do this by slipping my Spatula tool under the cut piece. If it can pop it up a bit, I unload it. If it’s not quite done, I push the Cricut ‘C’ to add another pass. There is no limit on how many passes you add. But once you select the unload button, you cannot recut that mat.
Decorate the Succulent Planter:
After the mats are unloaded, it’s time to take the project off the mats. If needed, you can go ahead a do a light sanding to the edges if necessary. If you are going to decorate the succulent planter, this is the time to do so. For my DIY succulent planter I made a stencil using Cricut Stencil Vinyl and the painted it on my succulent planter pieces using gold metallic acrylic paint. If you paint, don’t use chalk paint as it would smear during the sealing process.
Assemble the DIY Wood Succulent Planter:
Time to put this DIY planter together. Fist dry fit the project to you are familiar with how it goes together. Then assemble using wood glue on the connecting edges. The glue should be enough to hold the DIY succulent planter together, but you may need to hold it in place using your hands until the glue dries a bit. Wipe any excess glue with a damp cloth. After everything is assembled and dry, lightly sand where needed. Finally, coat your DIY succulent planter in a clear sealer. I used Mod Podge. If you are going to hang the DIY succulent planter, attach the planter to the Cricut Chipboard using a heavy duty stapler and wood glue.
Enjoy Your New DIY Succulent Planter:
I added the 9LBs Command Strips to the back of my DIY succulent planter to hang it, and that holds perfectly. I put 2 small pots in mine. They are a perfect fit. You should take the pots out to water your plants. If you make this project, I’d love to see! Tag me on Instagram (@momehca) or on Facebook (MomEh by Alaina Monster).
Cricut Maker Giveaway:
I have been sharing a lot about the Cricut Maker and Knife Blade over the last couple weeks. I’ve shared absolute beginners guilds to the Maker and the Knife Blade, as well as some fun projects (like this DIY succulent planter and this DIY puzzle). Now I’m excited to announce that one of my lucky followers on Instagram is going to get the chance to win a Cricut Maker and Knife Blade for themselves. All you have to do is head on over to THIS INSTAGRAM POST to enter. Liking and tagging friends are mandatory entries. But you can also share the Instagram giveaway post to your stories daily & comment on this blog post daily for extra entries! The contest is open to Canadian’s only and is only open for 1 week. Make sure you check it out!