Make This Gorgeous Outdoor Centerpiece With Terracotta Pots Succulents And A Candle

Make This Stunning Terracotta Pot Succulent Centerpiece

It’s hard to believe that this gorgeous succulent centerpiece was made from the humblest of materials. An inexpensive wire hanging basket frame, terracotta pots, reindeer moss, and a hurricane candle make for a show-stopping planter / table decoration that will get people talking!Make this gorgeous outdoor centerpiece with terracotta pots, succulents and a candle

Who else out there has too many terracotta pots? Well, really, how many is too many? 50? 100? 500? Admittedly, I have probably close to 100 terracotta pots around the garden filled with plants or stored for a sunny-day gardening project.

Related: How to Clean Garden Pots

A sunny-day gardening project like this succulent centerpiece! It was pulled together with unused materials that were hanging around the garden shed. As I puttered around one day in the shed, the idea bulb lit above my head and this succulent centerpiece was born!


  • Wire hanging basket frame
  • Various sizes of terracotta pots
  • Garden wire
  • Plastic or terracotta plant tray
  • Newspaper or coffee filters
  • Succulent potting soil
  • Succulents
  • Reindeer moss
  • Glass hurricane candle holder
  • Pillar candle


Make it!

Start by sussing out your materials. You want to look around the garden shed or the garden center for a wire basket that’s not too large as you’re finished centerpiece will be almost double the diameter of the wire basket. Unless your table is enormous you’ll want to look for a small or medium sized wire basket.DIY succulent planter with terracotta pots

I bought mine from a dollar store in early summer, to make these fabulous solar fairy lights in my son’s play garden.

Next, find some pots that fit the design. Look for a medium sized but stubby pot for the center of the basket and various sizes of small or medium pots to go round the outside. Set the pots out and move them around, readjusting the size and the placement, until you have a cohesive design that works as a centerpiece.How to make a terracotta multiple pot planter

Attach the terracotta pots to the wire basket by using garden wire. String the wire through the hole in the bottom of the pot and loop it around and twist it onto the wire basket. The center pot does not need to be wired.How to wire a multi pot planter

Set the entire structure on a plant tray to catch water and protect your table, but also to keep the design cohesive. I chose to use a plastic plant tray in a dark color so that it fades away but also so that it protects the table. Terracotta is porous and will soak through to the surface below.Adding paper to the bottom of pots to prevent soil drainage

Line each one of the pots on the perimeter of the centerpiece with a small piece of newsprint or a coffee filter. This will help prevent the soil from seeping out of the drainage hole and messing up your table.Planting the multi pot centerpiece

Add some cactus and succulent potting soil into each one of the pots on the perimeter. Plant succulents in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors around the outside. Be sure to combine different types of succulents in some of the larger pots and add different textures, heights, and shapes to create interest.Make a DIY Succulent table centerpiece

Related: The Essential Guide to Growing Happy + Healthy Succulents

Now add the glass hurricane candle holder into the large pot and set the candle inside. Your centerpiece is almost complete! To hide the wire and give the centerpiece a finished look, tuck reindeer moss in a variety of colors into the spaces in between the pots and around the wire.Gorgeous outdoor centerpiece with succulents and terracotta pots

reindeer moss

Tip: use a hot glue gun to attach the moss to the wire where it just won’t stick.Make a multi pot centerpiece

Your centerpiece is now ready to grace the table. Set on an outdoor table and turn it regularly to ensure that the sun reaches all sides. Water whenever the soil becomes dry and make sure to pour out any overflow water in the tray if necessary.Use multiple pots and a hurricane candle for an outdoor centerpiece


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About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

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    SAM M JOHNFebruary 19,16

    Thanks for the amazing tips. Really interested… Expecting more such posts in future

    SYRIL JOSEPHFebruary 19,16

    Really like the style of presentation and content is awesome.

  4. Terri Irvin
    Terri IrvinAugust 8,16

    You have inspired me! I am giving this a try. Thank you. New reader to your cool blog!

  5. Pat gillock
    Pat gillockAugust 8,16

    I often read using coffee filters to line pots to keep soil in. I find the filters rot out pretty quickly. I cut circles out of landscape cloth instead which lasts forever.

  6. Coleen
    ColeenAugust 11,16

    Absolutely love the terracotta pot succulent centerpiece! Your instructions and photos are fantastic! It’s a “pin it and make it” project. Thank you.

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseAugust 11,16

      Thanks, Coleen. I love that you plan to make it! Please send a photo when it’s done :)

  7. Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled
    Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzledAugust 15,16

    So pretty! Succulents are my absolute fave. Visiting from Show + Tell party.

  8. Sandra Garth
    Sandra GarthAugust 17,16

    This is beautiful and looks very expensive! Thanks for the tip on how to clean terra cotta pots. I must admit that I’ve tossed a few that I didn’t think could be saved. We would love for you to share this at Celebrate Your Story. Here is the link for this week’s party if you are able to join us. Have a fun week!

  9. Carol
    CarolAugust 18,16

    Love,love, love the centerpiece and it doesn’t look hard! Pinning and sharing

  10. Sarah Ramberg
    Sarah RambergAugust 19,16

    SO pretty- I’ve had such horrible luck with succulents but you’re inspiring me to try, try again. So very glad you linked up to Talk of the Town!

  11. Debbie Mayfield
    Debbie MayfieldAugust 21,16

    Very pretty!

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