DIY :: Succulent Fiesta Favors

DIY Succulent Party Favors | Camille Styles

Jenn here, with a little behind-the-scenes fun from the recent fiesta shoot we produced for Cooking Channel. Using re-purposed Mexican food cans and assorted succulents, we created these super affordable favors for guests to take home at the end of the night. If you’ve ever re-potted a cactus or succulent, you know it can be prickly business! But with the right tools, you can create these pint-sized favors for your next summer bash without getting a scratch. Keep reading for full instructions after the jump!

DIY Succulent Party Favors | Camille Styles

To get started you’ll need succulent plants, empty cans, a hand trowel, tongs and a small bag of cactus potting soil. We found small, colorful cans on the Mexican food aisle of our local grocery store.

DIY Succulent Party Favors | Camille Styles

Begin by filling an empty can with a 1-inch thick layer of cactus potting dirt.

DIY Succulent Party Favors | Camille Styles

Using the tongs, grasp the stalk of the plant at it’s thickest point. Gently rock the plant back and forth until the soil has loosened from the pot. Still using the tongs, pull the plant out of it’s container and place it into the can.

DIY Succulent Party Favors | Camille Styles

Hold the plant upright with the tongs and carefully fill in the can with more potting dirt by hand. Once the plant is secure, you can add decorative rocks on top of the dirt. We used white gravel rocks from Camille’s garden. The greater variety of plants and cans you are able to combine will make for a more dynamic table display. Inform your guests that these plants need lots of sun, very little water, and send them home with the cactus of their choice!

{Bottom image courtesy She-N-He Photography and Design for, all other images by Jennifer Rose Smith}


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26 Responses to “DIY :: Succulent Fiesta Favors”

  1. Chris

    What a festive and original favor! I’ll have to remember this for my daughter’s Cinco de Mayo birthday next year.

  2. Kristina Gulino

    Oh my gosh, these are so great!! You guys come up with the best stuff! Just shared on my FB page.

    Nook & Sea

  3. Diane Smith

    Very clever idea!!! Loved the combination of unique and colorful cans.
    Thanks for all the helpful tips to prepare these wonderful pint-sized
    succulent favors! D

  4. Kimi

    What a cute idea! And perfect for the succulent collecting habit I”m planning to start. :P Would it be a good idea to hammer holes at the bottom of the can with a nail, for drainage?

  5. Debra

    clever, fun, great idea

  6. jessica25

    way cool and now you can grow a pet TickleMe Plant that Moves and closes its leaves when you Tickle It! Just search TickleMe Plant Party favor


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