DIY: Book Planter with Succulents

DIY book planter with succulents

You may recognize these pretty book planters from this wedding I shared this morning. Wednesday was sweet enough to share the DIY for them with us too! They are super easy to make and last long after the wedding – both which I love. :)

DIY book planter with succulents and fabric flowers

Materials needed:

• vintage books (you can find these super cheap at thrift stores or your local library)
• succulents and succulent planting soil
• moss (purchased at Michael’s)
• an exacto knife
• modgepodge
• fabric flowers (easy DIY to make these found here)
• cling wrap

DIY book planter with succulents and fabric flowers

To create the planters:

1. Draw a rectangle the size you want the planter to be to serve as the cutting guide.

2. Use an exacto knife to hollow out a 1-2 inch deep space where the plant will be. Then seal that with the modgepodge.

3. To further protect the book, place a layer of cling wrap in the space and sprinkle a layer of succulent potting soil. Plant your succulents along with moss and fabric flowers and you’re done!

DIY book planter with succulents and fabric flowers

DIY book planter with succulents and fabric flowers

DIY book planter with succulents

DIY book planter with succulents and fabric flowers

photos by ee photography

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  1. I like this for our house!

  2. these are fabulous! what a fun project

  3. This is really pretty, love the idea! :-)

  4. Oh man. These are so cute! I can’t wait to make one for a little dinner party or event.

  5. Such an amazing idea!! What a sweet detail.

  6. I LOVE these!! I’ve just decided this is what I am doing…. I’m returning a few things I already purchased in order to go with this idea!

    :-D YAY!

  7. Oh my God, you have no idea how happy this makes me. I am going with a literary theme for my wedding and I definitely wanted to incorporate succulents in my centerpieces so this is just so amazing for me to find. Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Love love love! How super cute is that!

  9. Great Idea! Love the way it looks!

  10. As much as I like the idea, but I don’t think I can do this because I am an actual bookworm. I am afraid to hurt books even if they are totally old. Nice idea though.

    • I completely agree with you. I love the idea and look, but I also love books, especially the old ones. It hurts my heart to think of hurting a book. Maybe one thats already messed up tho.

  11. Love the book theme of these centerpieces…i just have to get over feeling bad for the books!

  12. This is brilliant and adorable! I so love succulents and finding new ways to incorporate them into wedding floral designs is so exciting. Brilliant idea here!

    The French Bouquet & Petite Fleur: Wedding Florals

  13. I can think of so many uses for these planters – absolutely love them!

  14. I like these bookplanters.. even posted them as inspiration on my own blog!

  15. Love this! Can I promote it in my repurposed series??? What a fun, funky, thrifty, green, special thing!

  16. Tightwad – Sure thing, you may include a photo from this on your site with a link back to Green Wedding Shoes for the complete DIY. Glad you liked it!! :)

  17. These are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the idea.

  18. I think this will be my Easter center pieces!

  19. What a great idea and it looks so lovely! Thanks for sharing your tutorial – I have this linked to my planters post too today, for inspiration!

  20. Hi! I was just wondering how you would water these if it’s in a book? Like would it drain out into the book pages?


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