Guest Post: DIY Mini Succulent Garden In An Altoids Tin

This guest post is from Johnie Gall of

Sometimes, the best things come in small packages, especially when they’re as cute as this DIY party favor idea! Succulents are an apartment or office gardner’s best friends because they need minimal care and thrive in harsh conditions (aka when you forget to care for them!). Plus, when a piece breaks off, you can replant it and it will take root. Use your broken succulent pieces to make these miniature Altoids tin gardens. We love using them as inexpensive wedding or shower favors.

succulent altoid tin

What you need:

-An empty mint tin or other shallow container

-Potting soil

-Fine gravel

-A piece of a succulent plant


succulent altoid tin

Step 1: Wash out your Altoids tin and place a thin layer of gravel on the bottom. This will act as drainage so your plant doesn’t drown.

succulent altoid tin

Step 2: Mix up the remainder of your gravel with some potting soil. Fill up your tin with the mixture.

Step 3: Trim your succulent stem so it almost reaches the bottom of the tin. Insert it into the soil and build up some soil around it so it stays put. Lightly mist your plant and add some rocks for decoration.

Care: Your succulent shouldn’t grow too large because of the limited soil, but if it does you can always re-pot it. Mist lightly with water every few days or when soil is dry.

altoid succulent tin

Credit: Johnie Gall is the founder of

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11 years ago

So cute! This will look great on our desks in the office, thanks DD!

11 years ago

Super cute idea! Would definitely be a nice touch to my desk at work!

11 years ago

Love succulents (and fancy little altoid boxes!), such a great idea :D

11 years ago

Very cute! I’m making one:)

11 years ago


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11 years ago

So simple! I love it.

11 years ago

I love this idea! Totally gonna try it!

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