Copper-dipped bamboo succulent planter

What happens when you peruse Anthropologie’s website and watch too much “Fixer Upper”? You want everything to be copper, but you can’t afford to buy the copper stuff. So, you gather up junk and paint it with copper spray paint. That’s what. And sometimes, it ceases to look like junk when you’re finished; truly, it could have come off the shelf at Anthropologie with a price tag of $50. Thankfully, though, the masterpiece to which I’m referring— this copper-dipped bamboo succulent planter— rang in at about $7, making my penny-wise little heart very happy!

Copper-dipped bamboo succulent planter

Speaking of “Fixer Upper” and such, I have been planning my dream kitchen, down to the light switch covers. (They are going to be copper, in case you wanted to know.) While I was at it, I decided to do a little dreaming, you know, items that are on the upper end of the price range but fun to imagine in my future house. Like these…

If one (or a few) of these dreams does come true, it will look right at home next to my bamboo succulent planter in all of its spray painted, contraband bamboo glory. That’s right. My bamboo came from a wildlife refuge where a grove of bamboo had been chopped down. Thinking this meant it was free for the taking, I did just that. Soon after (while pocketing some dried lotus seed pods), I discovered that “natural artifacts” were not to be removed from the refuge. Oopsie. Moral of the story: don’t get caught … I mean, be a good citizen and make sure you harvest your bamboo from good, legal sources. 😉


  • piece of bamboo or PVC pipe 16 in. long and with a 2 in. diameter
  • Skilsaw
  • 3 plastic lids (like from cottage cheese containers or Pringles cans)
  • scissors
  • a small screwdriver or something to poke holes
  • tape
  • copper spray paint
  • a ruler
  • a pen
  • Gorilla wood glue
  • a cheap, rectangular tray
  • grocery bags
  • gloves
  • piece of sandpaper
  • white rocks
  • potting soil
  • 3 small succulents
  • *paint (optional)

How to do it:

Saw, sand, trace, cut...

Poke, glue, measure, tape...

Paint bamboo, paint tray, add rocks, add dirt...

  1. Saw your bamboo into three pieces– 7 inches, 5 inches, and 4 inches for a tiered look.
  2. Sand rough edges with sandpaper until they are smooth.
  3. Trace the bottom of each piece of bamboo onto each of three plastic lids with a pen, cut out the circles, and poke holes in each plastic circle with a screwdriver.
  4. Glue a plastic circle onto the bottom of each piece of bamboo. (I had to apply one coat, let it dry, and then apply another before it would stick.)
  5. Measure an inch from the top of each piece of bamboo, and make a mark with pen.
  6. Tape just below where you marked, all the way around each piece of bamboo.
  7. With gloves on, wrap a bag around a piece of bamboo at the tape and double coat the top with spray paint. Repeat for the other two pieces of bamboo.
  8. While the bamboo is drying, spray paint the tray. (You may want to let it dry overnight.)
  9. Once the paint is dry, peel the tape off, and put a half-handful of rocks in the bottom of each planter to help with drainage.
  10. Next, add potting soil to within 2 inches of the top of each planter. Then crumble and pack the soil they came with around each succulent.
  11. Top each planter with enough rocks to cover the soil. This is just for prettiness.
  12. Arrange the three planters on the tray with the remaining rocks.
  13. Put your copper-dipped bamboo succulent planter in a place of prominence with bright sunlight. 🙂 Ta da!Copper-dipped bamboo succulent planter







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