Succulent Garden in a Jar

We took a break from art projects this week to do some indoor planting.

I saw this idea in a Lowe’s mailer and loved it, plus it looked like fun for little people.

I got soil, plants, gravel, and charcoal at Walmart.

I thought my son would enjoy helping me plant a little garden in this big jar.

First goes in the gravel and soil…

After a layer of activated charcoal (to prevent fungi) he planted the succulent plants in the jar.  Then he added some more pebbles and some river rocks around the plants. I also found some small shells for him to add in.

I love seeing the layers through the glass.

We planted three more tiny plants in glass jelly jars.

The great thing about succulents is that they don’t need much water at all, sort of like cactus.

I save glass jars so my cabinets are stuffed with them.  This is a sweet gift idea and a great way to recycle some of my jars.


Here on the home front, my sweetie Knox has been battling an infection in his left ear and is now on a 2nd antibiotic, plus my oldest daughter has a dislocated kneecap! She’s such a big help to me around here, so it’s been a strain to try and do without her.   And guess whose throat is starting to have a swollen scratchy feeling? Yep, that would be me. We always seem to be bombarded with ailments this time of year!

I hope you’re having a good week so far and feeling well, thanks for coming by!


13 thoughts on “Succulent Garden in a Jar

  1. Hi Scarlett – love the idea of the garden in a jar … and thank you for telling us why you added the charcoal ..

    My thoughts are with you all .. sounds like a ‘right’ mix of ailments and I bet you’re missing your daughter’s abilities .. how on earth did she manage to dislocate her knee …

    More importantly I hope Knox’ ailment is easing and so you can all feel more comfortable … much love, hope and hugs – Hilary

    1. @Hilary –Thanks so much for the well wishes…It’s really the strangest thing with my daughter. She played tennis in the morning and then went to get up out of a chair later that day, heard a pop in her knee, and collapsed to the floor. She started physical therapy so hopefully that will get it back into place! And Knox is feeling better today, thanks again Hilary, appreciate your kind words and comments very much! Hope you’re having a good week!

  2. Great project for the kids and, as you said, sweet gift idea! I hate throwing jars away too. Sorry Knox is still dealing with his ear problem/infection and your daughter a dislocated kneecap. I’m not sure how one dislocates a kneecap or how it is treated, but it sounds very uncomfortable. Hope you and your kids start feeling better soon.

  3. love the jar peeking out of the side of the last shot! I hope everyone is feeling better very soon… we have one down with the flu right now ourselves.
    Keep playing!

  4. I love the joy on your son’s face! He is adorable~
    Love the last photo, clever 😀
    I hope you all are better soon, sorry to hear about your oldest and youngest~
    Take Care

  5. Feel better! Jack did a great job! A long paint brush will help remove dirt from the top of the rosettes. Water just enough to settle the roots too. These will be fun to watch grow!

  6. What a beautiful Succulents Garden! I cannot wait to get my hands into some dirt. I am craving some gardening tips and projects to do with my kids, so thank you Scarlett for showing this! I love what your son has done. He did a fantastic job!! xoxo

  7. Dear Scarlett,
    I must tell you that I get really excited each time I see the name ScarlettClay in my inbox! Your projects are so much fun and your detailed instruction, including photos, make each one so user friendly. Thank you so much for taking the time in your busy schedule to share such beautiful, interesting, and inspiring projects.
    Blessings to you and your precious family, Laurin

    1. @Laurin –You are so kind, I’m glad you like the projects we do here. Your comment made my day, thank YOU for taking the time to leave such sweet words, many blessings to you and yours as well, Scarlett

  8. Hi Scarlet Love the garden …your son did a great job! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Hope all your children and you are feeling better soon. God Bless all of you.

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