Grow a Succulent Garden and $250 Giveaway

*This post is a sponsored post with Miracle Gro.  I was given Miracle Gro products to use, however all opinions, statements and ideas are my own.


With summer right around the corner, teachers and students are wrapping up the school year.  I am always looking for a fun and unique way to show my children’s teachers how much we appreciate all that they do for our kids all year long.  I like to give them something they will actually enjoy using in their classrooms and/or their homes.  A good teacher can make a huge difference in a child’s life.

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This season, Miracle Gro wants to inspire everyone to get out and Gro something. There is a way to incorporate “Gro-ing” into a myriad of different DIY projects—and you don’t have to be an avid gardener or live out in the country to accomplish it!  All you need is a little creativity and inspiration—and you can create a beautiful, living piece of art for just about any occasion/recipe/area of your home!



So, with that in mind, I wanted to make a simple but lovely succulent table top garden that my children’s teachers could enjoy and continue to grow after my children move on.  If you want to make one, it is really so simple and you just need a few things.

Succulent Garden:

  • Pot or Container (I used a small pail)
  • Old Dictionary Pages (to cover the pail)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Miracle Gro Moisture Mix Potting Soil
  • Succulents
  • Miracle Gro Cactus and Succulent Plant Food

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Take some old dictionary (or other paper) and cover the pot with them.  Use a couple of layers of Mod Podge on the front and back of them and attach them to the container.  I specifically used the “teacher” and “grow” dictionary pages along with a couple of other words that remind me of a great teacher.

Fill your container with Miracle Gro Moisture Mix Potting Soil and leave about 4 inches at the top.  Plant your succulents and then add more potting soil and fill in the soil to the top of the container.  Gently pack the plants into the potting soil. 

*For best results drill a couple of small holes in the bottom of the container and place some gravel in the bottom to ensure proper drainage.


If you are giving this as a gift to a teacher you can print out this fun little label “Teachers plant seeds of knowledge that will grow forever!”

To print the label simply click on the image.

Teacher plant label

Teacher Gift Printables

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Simply print out the label and cut it out.  Then paste it onto a piece of dictionary paper and then glue that onto a rectangle piece of black paper.


For an extra touch, I added a little metal stake in the pot with the word “grow” on it.  It is simply an old spoon with some vinyl letter stickers on it.  Just stick it in the soil.  This is a pretty simple way to grow something beautiful as a gift or for your own home.


The makers of Miracle Gro would like to get The Idea Room readers involved in their Gro something campaign by offering a $250 American Express cash card to help one lucky person jump start their own #GroSomething Spring/Summer Project.  This way you can go out and GroSomething as well.  If you would like to be entered for a chance to win simply follow the directions in the rafflecopter box below.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


*Fine Print: Giveaway ends at 11:59pm (MST) on May, 19 2013 . One winner will be chosen and mailed a $250 American Express Cash Card. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S.A. to enter. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Pinterest. Facebook and Pinterest will be completely released by each entrant. One entry per person. Entry includes filling out the Rafflecopter form above.  Winner will be chosen using and will be notified via email within 48 hours of the giveaway close. Winners will be announced on the post, not on Facebook. The winner must respond within 48 hours of receiving the email or a new winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary.

Amy Huntley is the owner/author of The Idea Room. A mother of five, who enjoys sharing her love of all things creative in hopes of inspiring other women and families. Connect with her on Google+, or read more of her posts.


  1. 1

    LOVE this! So cute, thanks!

  2. 2
    Lora W. says:

    I love succulents. I saw a project online of a living succelent wreath. I would love to try that project, too.

  3. 3
    Carrie Phelps says:

    The Origami Garden is adorable, I’m going to give it a shot!

  4. 4
    Alycia Wilson says:

    I love the succulents as well. I am looking for an easy way to bring the outdoors inside this summer. This project is perfect.

  5. 5
    Heather S. says:

    I am loving your succulents! I have lots of planting, indoor and outdoor, that I am wanting to do! I am really wanting a Boston fern, some hostas, and some geraniums for an outdoor project.

  6. 6
    Joanna S. says:

    I’ve been dying to make a succulent project that I found on Pintrest!

  7. 7

    I love the idea of a succulant garden — can’t wait to try it and use as presents for others

    #GroSomething initiative.

  8. 8
    Karen J says:

    What a great and easy idea! Love it.

  9. 9

    I have a cute little flower bed in my patio area that is empty. I’ve been itching to get in there and make it beautiful with some flowers.

  10. 10

    Love your posts, keep em coming!

  11. 11
    Mary Happymommy says:

    In Miracle Gro’s #GroSomething initiative, I’d like to plant herbs in old soup cans.

  12. 12
    Stephanie Phelps says:

    Miracle Gro’s #GroSomething initiative is so awesome! I am wanting to do coffee can garden for my patio!

  13. 13

    well, I am debating but I think I am going to use the miracle grow on hand and try to resurrect my outside garden this year…tomatoes are already growing (leaves)

  14. 14

    We’re moving soon and our new house has a cactus garden. But we live in the Midwest! So I need to do something about that. :)

  15. 15
    Chris N says:

    I like this idea. And I’ve been thinking about making some small pots out of hypertufa, so I might combine this project with my hypertufa idea.

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    Jessie C. says:

    My project would be a container garden, I would like to start plant spices/herbs in small containers. (using recycled bottled water).

  17. 17

    I’d love to put some pots out on our porch – back and front. We finally have a real house now, and I’m excited to make it pretty. :)

  18. 18

    I don’t have very much space for a garden, but a container garden is on my to do list!

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    Elizabeth B says:

    I would start on my pond. My backyard is a blank slate and I would like to put my pond in, and add some pretty flowers around it!

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    amanda s. says:

    I would love to plant some beautiful flowers in my front yard.

  21. 21

    Fabulous project. I have been wanting to start an herb garden in the kitchen window. I would start with that. Then move on to a berry garden that I am dying to get going.

  22. 22

    I love this project, but I would be keeping it for myself!!

  23. 23

    I need some herbs for our new way of eating (whole foods/plant-based diet). I’d love to grow some cilantro, rosemary, basil and parsley. I’d also love to grow some grape or cherry tomatoes for my daughter, cucumbers, snap peas and strawberries in a container. :)

  24. 24

    In Miracle Gro’s #GroSomething initiative, I would plant some herbs in tomato cans

  25. 25

    My flowerbed is severely lacking. I would definitely spruce it up and plant some herbs.

  26. 26

    I’m really interested in making a micro herb garden. Thanks!

  27. 27
    Michaela Hoenigman says:

    I would do exactly what The Idea Room showed us. A succulent garden!

  28. 28
    Mitzi Buck says:

    Such a cute take on a teacher gift!

  29. 29

    We’re setting up our summer vegetable garden, this would go a long way to help us!

  30. 30
    MeganM. says:

    I love succulents. I would actually keep them indoors. My kitchen needs some plants in it. :)

  31. 31
    Carrie Eastman says:

    I would put it in our barely there vegetable garden!

  32. 32

    I am moving in September, this would be a great addition to my flower pots before hauling them across the country.

  33. 33

    I would use this for my flower box that needs a little attention (and a lot of Miracle Gro!)

  34. 34
    Kristine says:

    I can’t wait to make this adorable gift…you have such a wonderful knack for creating lovely finished projects. I love Miracle Grow I used it outside and inside but I have not used their Cactus food. Thank you for letting your readers (me) know about it! I’m off to the store…got a project to do!!!!

  35. 35

    I have killed every plant that ends up in my house. Last year I successfully grew herbs outside so maybe the toyarium with succulents would work in the house. Kids would love it either way.

  36. 36

    What a cute idea! Teachers make all the difference and this is a fun, new way to show appreciation. And, Miracle Gro is amazing. We use it for all our plants and flowers.

  37. 37
    Amanda Sakovitz says:

    i would love to grow flowers in my backyard

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    Lisa Brown says:

    I would grow Blue Corduroy succulents in blue tinted Mason jars and put them on my kitchen windowsill.

  39. 39
    Kellie J says:

    I just bought a home that the previous owners have really let go! I would use it on so may plants outside.

  40. 40

    I want to do tomato plants in a half barrel

  41. 41

    As a teacher I would LOVE to get this gift! Thanks for the great idea!

  42. 42
    Elena Vo says:

    I have so many teacher friends in my life, would love to do this project to surprise them all!

  43. 43
    Lissette Knight says:

    I am working on a succulent garden and did not know about this product! Cool.

  44. 44
    Melissa M says:

    I want to make an open succulent garden now.

  45. 45

    Great idea! Love it!

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    Wild Orchid says:

    I would love to plant an apple or peach tree in my back yard.

    Entered the Rafflecopter form as “Wild Orchid”

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  47. 47

    Honestly, I think I’d try this project. It doesn’t look too hard and it’s adorable!

  48. 48
    Stephanie Lanphear says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I think I would try this project! I’m a teacher and I would love to receive and I’m sure my kids’ teachers would too!

  49. 49

    I love, love, LOVE this… I would make these for all my friends who teach.

  50. 50

    I would LOVE to try this project! I love succulents! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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    karie johnson says:

    I would like to start a raised garden!

  52. 52

    I love the dictionary pages!!

  53. 53

    I’m dying to try an herb garden in containers!

  54. 54
    Rachael Werth says:

    I love this project that is featured here!

  55. 55
    Teresa Cline says:

    I’m planning to plant some tomato plants in containers.

  56. 56

    we’re actually planting our garden today!

  57. 57
    Kelly S says:

    I would love to get the kids involved in planting a small garden of vegetables.

  58. 58
    Margot C says:

    I was thinking of water sealing the outside of some pots and having the kids paint on them then putting succulents in because they are so attractive and easy!

  59. 59
    Angella L says:

    We are getting ready to start our garden thankfully we waited because it frosted here last weekend!

  60. 60

    I would do a succulent garden. Simple and modern!

  61. 61

    What a great idea!

  62. 62
    Cassie K says:

    I might even be able to grow this. love it.

  63. 63
    Rosemariee says:

    I love succulents! I want to start a small pot with them in it!

  64. 64

    Found the perfect container for a small succulent garden, on the hunt now for hens and chicks!!

  65. 65

    I’m already growing some veggies in my garden but would love to try the succulent garden. I’m a teacher and I would love to receive a succulent garden like this! I think I might just have to make my own. :)
    lorepuckett at verizon dot net

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    Stephanie says:

    Our apple tree died last year, and I would love to plant a new one, along with some blueberry bushes.

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    Laura Jacobson says:

    Oh the other day I found a bunch of old sand pails in the shed…and thought about trying to plant flowers in them and put them in the rock garden around the pool! They are all different colors so I think it would be so cute!

  68. 68

    My flower bed could use a ton of help!

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    Kristie says:

    I have wanted to get a succulent garden for a long time. So I would start with that. Then I would work on some grass for the backyard as we have dirt and weeds. And then I would get some pots and have my kids help me plant, and care for them.

  70. 70

    I have started a huge pallet vertical garden project that needs lots more to fill in the empty spaces before I can get it upright!

  71. 71

    I have a indoor window box in my kitchen just waiting for an herb garden to be planted! I would probably start there and work my way to some topsy turvys to hang from the deck!

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    meredith says:

    I might try my hand at the Origami Garden

  73. 73
    Thomas Murphy says:

    I want to make window boxs for the windows in the back of my house with lots of flowers in them.

  74. 74
    Deborah says:

    I really want to have lots of plants in my home, but I seem to have a black thumb. I know using MiracleGro can help.

  75. 75
    Leslie K says:

    Love this!!

  76. 76
    Natalie says:

    Definitely doing this for 2 teachers this year! Great idea :)

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    Brenda Lee says:

    I love succulents. Definitely would try got make a succulent garden. Also would love to work on an herb garden. Thanks for the chance at winning this fantastic giveaway! :)

  78. 78
    Melissa Foust says:

    I would give a succulent gift to a teacher who cracks down in bullying!

  79. 79

    Help! When I try to download the printable it gives me a candy cane scrub label. Thanks!

    • 80

      If you click on Previous Downloads it will take you to all the other downloads and not the peppermint labels! Hope that helps!

  80. 81

    simply stunning! So creative to use the spoon as a marker. this would make a lovely gift. Thanks for sharing! Kari

  81. 82

    I can’t seem to find the printable for the “teachers plant seeds…”

    • 83
      Meredith says:

      Kori, I couldn’t find it either. Did you ever find it or get instructions on where to get it?

  82. 84

    It’s an amazing article in favor of alll the web visitors; they will take benefit from it I am sure.


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