How to Make a Faux Succulent Pen Planter

Every space needs a touch greenery, something to make it feel fresh and alive. If you aren't good with plants, this project is perfect for you — it's a faux succulent arrangement that looks real and serves a dual purpose.

Faux succulent pen planter

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Gather Your Supplies:

Things You\’ll Need

  • Faux succulents

  • Ballpoint pens

  • Electrical tape

  • Floral tape

  • Planter

  • River rocks

  • Scissors

Things you\'ll need

Step 1

Start by stripping the base of the succulents down to the wire. Depending on the succulents you choose, you may need to use some scissors to get the outer layer of plastic off.

Faux succulents stripped down to the wire

Step 2

Next, you'll need to attach the succulents to the pens. A few strips of electrical tape should do the trick.

Faux succulent attached to pen

Step 3

To keep the realistic vibe going, you'll need to wrap the pen in floral tape. Start at the top and wrap it around a few times. Then, gradually work your way down the pen, slightly overlapping the tape as you go.

Use floral tape to attach the succulent to the pen Succulent pens with base wrapped in floral tape

Step 4

When you've finished wrapping all your pens, fill your vase or pot with river rocks, leaving a little room at the top.

Small river rocks in ceramic pot Ceramic pot filled with small river rocks Image Credit: Bethany DeVore

Step 5

Insert your pens to complete your faux succulent pen planter. This little arrangement makes a great gift, especially for the person who has everything. In fact, pretty much anyone would love receiving a fun gift like this!

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