How to Make a DIY Succulent Planter

DIY succulent glass planters engraved using Dremel’s Stylo+

  • Difficulty
    Easy

Bring extra green and spring-feelings into your home with your own indoor garden. For a low-maintenance, year-round garden, create glass succulent planters! Not only do these glass planters lighten the inside, but they also provide the perfect canvas to express your personality and keep your creative mind flowing with your Dremel tool and glass etching bits. Below we've detailed how to create a custom glass etching design on your succulent planter  in just 3 easy steps!  

You need
  • Etched glass stencils
  • Clamps
  • Dust mask
  • Safety Glasses
  • Glass Drinking Cup (we recommend a pint glass or a whiskey glass)
  • Cotton Swabs (Optional)
  • Paper Towels
  • Erasable Marker
  • River Pebbles
  • Cactus Soil
  • Succulents or Cacti
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter
Step 1 4

Trace Your Design

Tracing a design on a glass to prepare for glass etching

To prepare for etching glass, first draw your design onto the glass using your permanent marker,  freehand or with glass etching stencils. We recommend putting a paper towel inside the etching glass to help you see your tracing better. Whoops! Did you mess up that tracing a little? Not to worry, simply use a damp cotton swab to erase any mistakes and get your drawing as crisp as you like. Ensure you have your design all-set before you start glass etching with your Dremel Multi-Tool. Helpful hint: To make an easily etched glass stencil you can make a design on the computer, print it out, and stick it to the inside of the glass using tape to trace over it for more detail and accuracy.

Step 2 4

Ready, Set, Etch!

Glass etching with the Dremel Stylo+ using diamond tipped engraving accessories

Before you start, clamp your etching glass on its side to the table with a paper towel underneath to prevent damage. Once your object is secured in place, put on your safety glasses and a dust mask. Now you're ready to start your glass etching! Grab your craft tool and use the diamond-tipped engraving accessories of your choice to etch glass over the drawing. For this glass etching project, we used the Dremel Stylo+ (2050-15)  craft tool with the diamond engraving bits (7103, 7105, 7144). Use a paper towel to wipe away any dust as you go.

Step 3 4

Fill Up the Cup!

Adding soil and river pebbles to etched glass planter

Set down your craft tool and begin to fill your freshly etched planter 1/3 of the way full with the river pebbles. The pebbles prevent over-watering by allowing the water to drain past the soil. Fill the glass with another third of soil, then place the succulent inside and top it off with, you guessed it, a little more soil. Helpful hint: Use a spray bottle to water your succulent every other week, or when the soil is dry to the touch. Aim for the roots instead of the leaves and do not over-water your plant.

Step 4 4

Let Your Creativity Blossom

DIY succulent glass planters engraved using Dremel Stylo+ (2050-15)

Now you're ready to invite the spring into your home! Share your DIY glass etching with us for a chance to be featured on our Instagram page using #ShareMyDremel.