Peek-a-Boo Succulent Planter: Thrift Store Swap Reveal!

Peek-a-Boo Succulent Planter: Thrift Store Swap Reveal!


It’s that time of year again! The thrift store swap reveal is here! This is my second year participating in the swap. If you aren’t familiar with the swap let me break it down for you. A group of bloggers got together and were assigned one other blogger to send two items to repurpose, upcycle, and totally make over. These items had to be from a thrift store and couldn’t cost more than $10 total. Fun!

I was given Brenda over at Unique Junktique and sent her some lovelies I found wandering my local thrift aisles. You really need to see what she did with the items I sent her! Seriously though, it’s kind of amazing.

I have the great pleasure of showing you what I did with my thrift store swap items I received from Suzanne over at The Blue Building Antiques and Consignment (P.S. you really ought to see what Suzanne did with her items too). First, let me show you what Suzanne sent me.

The Items

Tada! My items are an old worn out jewelry box with missing drawer and broken music box, and a serving tray. Holy possibilities Batman! I took one look at my jewelry box and knew what I wanted to do. Consequently, that’s the item I’m revealing today. Also, I’ll show you how I did it.

The Reveal

Peek-a-boo Succulent Planter

Check it out! My outdated broken little box received some major love. Succulents are booming right now and I knew I wanted to turn this box into a beautiful planter. Not only that, but the missing drawer made for the perfect peek-a-boo feature into the inner workings of the planter! It’s a peek-a-boo succulent planter! Honestly, I love how this all came together. It took a little work, but boy was it worth it. My kids are constantly peering at the glass and watching the water trickle down when it’s time to feed the succulents.

How To

Prepping the Box

First I dismantled the box and tore out the entire interior, including the music box.

That orange fabric paper was the pits to pull off. I don’t know what type of glue they used, but boy was it effective.  I ended up using goof off and water, and scraping away at it until it finally gave way. But look at the adorable under side of the lid! Score!

The box was in rough shape. I sanded down a few spots and cleaned it up ready for paint.

Next, paint! I chose Cottage White latex paint I had left over from touching up my baseboards. It worked really well. I love how clean and bright it looks here.

Now, you know me. I couldn’t let it stay plain white so  I chose a beautiful stencil and got to work stenciling a design on the lid and box. The greens and grays look stunning on this planter. I love how it turned out.

Now assemble your jewelry box.

Prepping for Succulents

I had to do a little research on the best way to prep my box for the succulents. I didn’t want the wood to warp and get rotten due to potential water issues, nor did I want my little plants to die on me. Here’s what I did.

  1. Line the box with a plastic lining. I used a roll of the big plastic sheets you use when you prep to paint a wall. I glued all the edges down, but kept the “window” open.
  2. Cut glass and glue in place. I bought a replacement glass piece usually used for picture frames at the hardware store (8×10). I measured how much I’d need and cut the glass accordingly using a glass cutter. It honestly took me a few tries to score and break the glass, but I eventually got it. By the way, the glue I used for all of this is the Beacon 3-in-1 advanced craft glue that dries clear. It’s magnificent glue.
  3. Line box with sand or small pebbles.
  4. Add bigger rocks, for air flow and drainage.
  5. Add cactus soil. It’s more preferable for succulents who don’t need tons of water to begin with.
  6. Plant succulents.
  7. Add more rocks if you’d like!

Don’t you love it?! I do. There’s no reason you can’t do the same. Run to your local thrift store and grab a jewelry box for $4 and go to town. I’d love to see what you come up with!

And don’t forget to check out the other fabulous make-overs from our gals!


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Stay tuned to find out what I end up doing with my other fabulous thrift item, the tray.