Upcycling a Condiment Caddy into a Succulent Planter with Modern Farmhouse Style

Upcycling a Condiment Caddy into a Succulent Planter with Modern Farmhouse Style

I recently went on a thrifting adventure in Spartanburg, SC- a town not too far from where I live (and where I was recently interviewed for their local paper!). And let me tell you- the thrifting angels were singing from above, because I found future project after future project, driving home with a car load of fun finds. And one of those finds? A condiment caddy that seemed destined to become a succulent planter for indoor succulents or mini cactus plants.

Condiment caddy at thrift store for upcycling into succulent planter or succulent pots by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The little dishes seemed like a great size for succulent pots, so a succulent planter was what I set my mind to. I would paint the wooden base to give it some modern farmhouse style, “age” the stainless steel cups, and plant a succulent in each one. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience. 

Upcycling idea for condiment caddy to become succulent planter with modern farmhouse style by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Condiment Caddy Makeover with Modern Farmhouse Style

First things first- I wanted to transform the condiment caddy into a clean and simple succulent planter. I started with the metal cups that would become succulent pots. I didn’t really care for the stainless steel appearance (they reminded me of cat food bowls)…

Spray painting metal to become succulent pots with modern farmhouse style by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So, I tried out a new-to-me spray paint to “galvonize” them a tad. And the result was a muted, textured silver that was much more pleasing to the eye (in my opinion).

Upcycling a condiment caddy into a succulent planter for indoor succulents by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Then, I turned my attention to the condiment caddy itself. I used my favorite chalky spray paint on it for that modern farmhouse style and look that I was going for.

Modern farmhouse style makeover for condiment caddy to hold mini cactus plants by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Next, I distressed the edges with some flexible sand paper– this allowed a lot of control on the round spindle parts! I honestly LOVE this kind of sandpaper…

Distressing chalk paint with sandpaper for modern farmhouse style by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Once the condiment caddy was done, I turned my attention back to the cups which had since dried. In order to (hopefully) improve my succulent luck, I popped small holes in each cup (with an awl) to allow for drainage.

Adding drainage holes to succulent planter or succulent pots from condiment caddy by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now I was ready to turn my freshly made over condiment caddy into a succulent planter for indoor succulents!

Planting Indoor Succulents in a Succulent Planter / Succulent Pots

There are several layers of items that I wanted to add to my succulent pots, starting out with small circles of screen mesh. I placed them in the bottom of each cup (to keep soil from emerging through the drainage holes), using my heavy duty shears to cut them out.

Covering bottom of succulent pots with screen mesh before adding best soil for succulents by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

See? I really am taking this succulent stuff seriously!

On top of the screening, I then added a layer of gravel to aid in additional drainage…

Adding gravel to bottom of succulent planter inside condiment caddy by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And yes, I had screen left over from my doily display projects and gravel left over from my Ireland Jar! I love using up craft supplies in multiple projects!

NOW I could transplant the indoor succulents from their little plastic planters- and I used vermiculite to fill up my condiment caddy cups. I’ve heard it’s the best soil for succulents, so I wanted to give it a go in my succulent planter.

Using vermiculite as the best soil for succulents inside succulent pots by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Lastly, my succulents need a “topper” to keep lightweight vermiculite from flying away! I couldn’t find any itty-bitty decorative gravel at my local craft shops, so I used the next best thing: Aquarium Pebbles! Talk about having a “DIY duh!” moment… 

Topping the best soil for succulents in condiment caddy with aquarium gravel by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Upcycling a Condiment Caddy into a Succulent Planter / Succulent Pots

And there it is! My condiment caddy with the modern farmhouse style makeover is now a succulent planter.

Upcycling a condiment caddy into succulent planter for indoor succulents with modern farmhouse style by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And while I used indoor succulents, you could certainly use mini cactus plants, too.

I think this condiment caddy was meant to become a succulent planter, don’t you? It’s just perfect- plus it’s easy to move around from room to room, sun and shade.

How to upcycle a condiment caddy into succulent pots for indoor succulents by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

**Update** A year later, I needed to transplant one of the succulents into a larger pot so she could thrive, and look at her now! She’s quite happy in a vintage McCoy planter…

Succulent about to bloom in vintage McCoy planter from condiment caddy planter by Sadie Seasongoods

I can’t wait to see the full bloom!

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If you enjoyed this project, you may enjoy my cactus decor / faux cactus craft project. You will not BELIEVE what I upcycled to make them!

Cactus decor or faux cactus made by upcycling deck post caps for boho decor for modern bohemian style by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. I don’t live too far from you and love thrifting. I keep reading that you went to this place and that and I start drooling. What is it about thrifting that gets the juices going I wonder? I would really love to bring home some of those awesome linens or vintage sheets for some kind of re-purpose, even that sweet knockoff bracelet you made from a vintage handkerchief was something I would do.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thanks, Rose!!! I don’t know what it is about thrifting either- maybe because it’s a treasure hunt that ends differently each and every time!

  2. Lois Stimax says

    I just get fake succulents at the Dollar Tree and then they always look good! Love this upcycle!!

  3. Once again, you take something mundane and transform it into something so fun and cute.

  4. What a fun re-purpose idea! Thank you for the idea…glad I saw it from the vintage charm party:)

  5. A very creative upcycle! I love how this turned out. I’ve never even tried succulents, so good luck! They do look cute in their bowls, and with all the efforts you’ve made, keep fingers crossed this time. Pinned.

  6. LOVE this … and wish I lived closer to Asheville …

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thanks, Kim! These Vintage Market Days are popping up ALL over the place…so there may be one coming to you soon!

  7. Once again, your keen eye for repurposing has worked like magic on this condiment-thing! The end result is so cute!

  8. l Heading to my favorite thrift store. Thank you for the creative project.

  9. Well, how cute is this?! Love it! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm–pinned!

  10. Another great project; seeing as how I have black thumbs, I would just go for the fake succulents and glue the gravel to some styrofoam! If you ever need small gravel, head to the pet store and get some parakeet gravel. I always have good luck at Dollar Tree and sometimes clearance @ Michael’s and AC Moore–or at least a coupon!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      I seriously thought about going the fake succulent route, LOL! If these guys don’t make, I’ll totally use some faux ones!

  11. This is hilarious because you beat me to it! Seriously, I have one very similar waiting on the queue with the intention of turning it into a planter except I was going in the direction of herbs. Yours looks fabulous, Sarah and I love the way you staged the photo! Pinned and sharing. P.S. Onto Plan B 😉

  12. fresh original idea! I’m impressed!

  13. Lisa Philbeck says

    Hey neighbor! I live only about 45 min from Spartanburg, but I’m in NC. I love thrifting and don’t get enough time to do it. Your projects are always so cute!

  14. Tara Harless says

    I love how you see things you find at thrift stores in a new way!

  15. Brilliant AND adorable! Let us know how well the plants survive. Pinned it!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thanks, Angie!!! yes, here’s hoping- so far, so good. Like any good blogger, I just needed them to stay alive for the fancy photos, LOL! But I’m hardly watering them (which was my downfall last time)…so time will tell…

  16. Janet Brennan says

    I like old dishes and pottery

  17. Janet Brennan says

    I love your posts on thrifting in different cities – I love traveling upstate SC and the mtns of NC so I need to check out some of your recommendations.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thanks, Janet! I’ve traveled to towns and cities in SC, NC, GA, FL, TN, KY, and VA so far. I just adore exploring each one…and hopefully find treasures along the way!

  18. Gaahhh, so cute! My succulents have all croaked 😉 Thanks for sharing it over at Funtastic Friday, Sarah!

  19. I’m just getting into thrifting as I’m building a new home and want the farmhouse feel. I’m in upstate SC and need to know all the good shops to check out!

  20. Jessica Bentley says

    I hope to visit your booth at VMD!

  21. Tasha Dickerson says

    I hope to find anything! There will be to much to see!

  22. I would have never thought of a planter, but I love how it turned out and would LOVE to have it in my office! Thanks for the idea (I’ll be on the lookout for something to transform)!!

  23. Tammy Vaughn says

    You are so smart! Love the repurpose idea! 😁

  24. Fonda Rush says

    I have no expectations if I were to go to this show. I would love to find anything that would add to what I already have. Goodness knows I don’t need to start anything new! This would be a great birthday surprise. My birthday is 8/19. I hope that the weather is good for everyone.

    • Fonda Rush says

      I got a little carried away, and I wanted to tell you how wonderful your make-over is. If you puncture the bottom, the water may seep out and ruin what is underneath. Wouldn’t this be a wonderful opportunity to set the planter on an oval platter or serving tray. You could put additional doo-dads on the platter or tray that continues the delightfulness of the planter. Have fun! I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for something like this. I love the idea.

      • Sadie Seasongoods says

        I don’t worry about the water with succulents- you don’t add much to begin with! 🙂

        • Fonda Rush says

          I’m new to succulents, too. I have a Jade tree now, a couple of hens and chicks and a couple of aloes. I’m winging it. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  25. Tammy Vaughn says

    Love your ideas!

  26. acraftymix says

    I have a sneaky suspicion that all the previous succulents you’ve tried growing were just not capable of surviving in a space that’s filled with so much positive creativity and energy. They’re sensitive in that way 😉 These guys look like they’re a bit more hardy and you’ve given them the perfect space to thrive. I think they’ll do go and give you lots of little babies too

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Hahaha, I love you for saying that! I’m already worried that I’ve overwatered these guys, so I think I need to set them out on the porch, away from my constant sight. 🙂

  27. This is such a great idea! I love your creativity!

  28. This is such a great re-use! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday this week!

  29. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says

    Sarah I have had really bad luck with all plants even succulents but I try to not give up. Your repurpose is very pretty and as long as the plants don’t die on you, you should be fine.

  30. Cute idea.

  31. The fairy godmother of thrifting was looking out for you! This looks much better with succulents than with condiments and I love the way you styled the vignette. Thank you for sharing with us at Celebrate Your Story, and have a great weekend.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Yes, she sure was!!! I owe her big time…I was in a real slump before that thrifting trip, so to find so many treasures (including that caddy) was the shot in the arm that I needed. Thank you so much, Sandra!

  32. I love this upcycle, it looks so high end! I would love to have this in my house. #MM

  33. Adorable! Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle. I am featuring your Succulent Planter today at the party.

  34. This collection turned out GREAT – love the planter. Hope to see you at this week’s party & am thrilled you joined us at last week’s party. xo
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  35. As always, you rock!!! Good job upcycle sister!

    Thanks for linking to Waste Not Wednesday.

  36. Another amazing and creative project. Thanks for sharing with us at the Waste Not Wednesday link party. Keep coming back and inspiring us.

  37. So you’re not afraid of draining on top of the books or? Nancy

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Not really- They’ll mostly live on a window sill to be in the sun, and not always on the books. And I’ll water then infrequently, which will help prevent over-watering.

  38. Very nice. I too go to thrift stores. And find neat thing. Also rummage sales. You can find some really odd stuff

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