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Mini Succulent Shell Planter

Creating a mini succulent shell planter is such a fun and easy summertime project. Follow these simple, step by step instructions to make your very own seashell succulent planter.

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succulent planted in a conch shell outside on a flagstone step

When I think of summer, I think about seashells. Collecting shells is something that I have been doing all of my life. A trip to the beach wouldn’t be complete without returning with a bag of shells. Seashells are lovely keepsakes and can add a coastal touch to your home’s decor. Have you ever thought of using these unique, natural beauties as a planter?

Can a shell be used as a planter?

Yes, seashells make gorgeous planters! Today I am going to show you how to take a small conch shell and use it to create a mini succulent shell garden.

What is a succulent?

Succulents are easy to grow plants that come in a variety of sizes, textures and rich colors. Succulents store water in their stems and leaves.

succulent planted in conch shell on marble counter

What do I need to create a mini succulent shell planter?

  • Shell: You can use a conch shell or perhaps a clam or scallop shell. If you are not close to the beach, you can order smaller conch shells here.
  • Soil: Succulents have shallow roots and grow well in well draining, sandy soil like this succulent potting mix.
  • Succulent plant: Succulents can be found at your local garden center, grocery store, and home improvement store. I purchased mine at Trader Joe’s. You can also order this beautiful variety of assorted succulents.
succulent planted in conch shell on marble counter

How do I make a mini succulent shell planter?

  1. Put a small amount of succulent soil into the shell.
  2. Carefully remove the succulent from its container and separate the roots.
  3. Place the succulent plant into the shell and cover with soil.

You leave the soil plain, or cover it with moss or pea grave

mini succulent shell planter on a blue and white plate of shells on living room coffee table

How do I take care of a succulent?


A succulent is a simple care plant. It should be watered in moderation when the soil is dry.

mini succulent shell planter on a blue and white plate of shells on living room coffee table


Place your succulent planter in a place where it will receive at least 6 hours of direct or indirect sunlight each day.

You might enjoy it as summer decor indoors, or outdoors as porch decor too!

mini succulent shell planter on a blue and white plate of shells on living room coffee table with brown cabinet in background
PIn it for later text
succulent planted in conch shell on marble counter

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  1. Wow, Lynne!! This is SUCH an amazing idea!! I don’t think I’ve ever seen this before!
    Shells are quintessentially Summer…I have a whole jar full of them that I picked up from our last trip to Florida. They are so fun to bring out during the warmer months. Pinned!

    1. Thank you so much, Rachel!! I’m so glad you like this! I hope you give it a try. Have a wonderful week, my friend!

  2. Your shell planter brings back childhood memories. I remember my mom always kept a cactus in her large conch shell. She found it after hurricane Hazel (1954).

    1. Wow! I love that, Allyson! Thank you for sharing that with me. I hope you’re having a wonderful week!

  3. Your succulent seashell planter turned out perfect. I will be looking for shells this summer for planters.

    Happy Gardening,

    1. Thank you so much, Kippi! I appreciate your kind words and thank you for organizing this fun hop! Happy Summer!! xo

  4. Collecting shells was something I loved to do with my mom when I was a kid. What a great way to display memories of summers past.

  5. Kimberly Snyder says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Lynne! I have succulents and I have shells so I really need to make a few of these! It was so much fun hopping with you!

  6. I would have never thought to use a shell as a planter. I love that idea! I actually have a beautiful shell out in the garage, because I didn’t have any idea what to do with it – now I do!!

  7. I love seashells for summer too and this is a fun idea! Succulents are perfect for this. Thank you so much for sharing at the Home Imagined link party. XO- MaryJo

  8. Outstanding, love this. Pinned it
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  9. You have outdone yourself my friend. This is fantastic! Featuring it this week on Farmhouse Friday. Thank you for linking up!

    1. You made my day, Cindy! I am so honored and excited for this post to be featured at Farmhouse Friday! Thank you, my friend!!

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