Planting Succulents in Recycled Glass Jars

Glass yogurt jars are perfect to use as succulent pots, and they make great DIY gifts!

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For those still aspiring to green thumb status, succulents are a perfect low-maintenance plant. Just make sure to place them in a sunny spot and water them every other week. There are also many creative ways to display these plants and we especially love the shape of the glass Oui yogurt jars (the yogurt inside is yummy, too!). These jars are recyclable, of course, and make great little containers for things like paper clips, nails and screws.

Tools You’ll Need:

  • Small gardening trowel;
  • Stainless steel brush scrubber;
  • Sandpaper;
  • Dish soap or Orange Goop hand cleanser;
  • Bucket.

Materials You’ll Need:

  • Six clean Oui yogurt jars;
  • Six succulents;
  • Potting soil.


  • Twine for outside of jar;
  • Scissors;
  • Pebbles;
  • Moss.

Note: When succulents fall out of season, here’s how you can use these jars to make beeswax candles

Project step-by-step (5)

Step 1

supplies for succulents in glass jars

Step 2

Clean the Yogurt Jars

  • Soak the labels in hot soapy water.
  • Use a bucket so the labels don’t go down the sink drain and cause a clog.
  • Once the labels are off, scrub the residual adhesive off the sides and rims of the yogurt jars.
    • We found that Orange Goop hand cleanser worked best when used with a stainless steel scrubber.
      • The stainless steel is tough on the adhesive and doesn’t scratch the glass like sandpaper.
  • Rinse the jars well and dry completely.

clean glass oui yogurt jars

Step 3

Cover Base of Jar with Potting Soil

  • Once clean and dry, cover the base of the glass jars with potting soil.
  • Remove the succulents from their plastic containers and put them in the glass jar.
  • Fill the rest of the jar with potting soil around the sides of the succulent so it doesn’t wiggle around.
  • Tap the jar on the counter or use a toothpick to spread out the soil and water.
  • Only water succulents when the soil is dry.
    • If you’re worried about watering too much, place pebbles or gravel at the base of the glass jar to allow for drainage.

re pot succulents into glass jars

Step 4

Add Pebbles or Moss

succulents in glass jars add pebbles or moss

Step 5

For Gifts, Tie a Bow of Twine

  • Use any kind of twine to tie around the top rim of the glass.
    • These little bows add a completed touch to your glass succulent jar.
  • Give the succulents as gifts or as wedding favors but be sure to keep one for yourself!

Now go check out these 14 ways to decorate with succulents around your home!

glass succulent jar finished project