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I Like Playing In The Sand With My Succulents...How About You? (photos)

Need a small bit of greenery in an area that doesn't have a lot of space? No problem.

Have no fear about putting these ideas together in a flash, you can do this! No design experience, no glue gun, no foam needed nor green thumb... these are faux plants! These designs are very popular in a man's office, bathrooms and contemporary settings. All you need is the following items;

  • Sand of course! Make sure it is sterilized because you don't want little creatures running around uninvited. Play around with different colors even layering it for a special look.
  • Cool looking rocks or shells if you want a different texture at the top.
  • A container of your choice, I chose the clear ones because they show off the color of the sand.
  • A quality grade faux succulent plant should be used. Most of these are found in floral wholesale houses.





This design has a clear square container, black sand, 2 different plants & 1 special shinny shell!









succluent design


This is a taller container, white sand, 3 different plants and small green beaded balls pushed in the center. Close up view below.

              succulent design




succulent design






This container was recycled from a burned out candle, beige and rust layer sand, 2 different plants, black & rust colored rocks on the top. 








succulent design 




Here is a design that is so simple, rust sand, multi color rocks and a plant stuck in the middle. How easy!









               If you use high quality faux succulent plants these designs will look very real!





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Comment balloon 48 commentsCynthia Bartch • April 08 2009 03:15PM


Aloha Cynthia,

Fabulous designs! Succulents are such great plants, they have stimulating architecture, great texture, and are super easy to maintain. Yes, and they are very masculine too. Thanks for sharing!


Posted by Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i (HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 ) over 11 years ago

Hi Cynthia,

These succulent arrangements are very attractive.  Gardening is quite a lot of fun.  Relaxing and creative.  I am working with my flower bulbs and perennials this week, here in central Indiana (Greenwood). In my flower beds I have several types of sedums, and I especially like Sedum Autumn Joy, which goes crazy with color in the fall. 

Besides working in real estate here in Johnson  County, Indiana, my other fun consists pf machine embroidering various things on hand towels, dish towels, which I sell.  My next venture with the towels is to sell them at a local garden show on May 2.  I have machine stitched 63 towels, then embroidered a design on 50@ of these towels.  I am also on under username of Irenescreations, in case you are interested. 

My youngest daughter lives in Johns Creek, GA, a suburb of Atlanta.  Have you been there?  She will be getting married June 21.  The wedding will take place in Wilmington, NC.  But they do live in Johns Creek.  It's a family logistic decision.

Real estate activity here in central IN is really picking up this spring.  Good to see for all of us here.  How are things for you in Buford?

Chat with you soon? 

Irene Walker

Carpenter Realtors

Greenwood, IN 46142


Posted by Irene Walker (Carpenter Realtors) over 11 years ago

Neat arrangements and ideas, Cynthia.  Thanx.  I have a weird succulent on my desk in the office, which a client gave me as a start more than 20 years ago.

Posted by Joan Snodgrass (Midamerica Referral Network) over 11 years ago

Hi there Kimo, Thanks so much for the lovely comment, I love the masculine look and the cool textures of the succulents too! Besides these are so easy to put together.

Hello Irene, I agree w/ you, gardening is fun & creative. Your daughter lives not too far from me, about a hop skip and a jump away. Good luck with your embroidering ventures! Thank you for your kind words.

Hi Joan, Wow you are my hero...I have never had a plant live that long! So cool you got that as a gift. Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 11 years ago

Cynthia ~ You are my "go to" floral and greenery expert!  Very nicely done!

Posted by Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating (Creative Home Expressions) over 11 years ago

Thanks Kathy, I'm just so glad you have a group dedicated to hands on creations. I greatly appreciate your comments!

I hope I made it clear these are faux succulents and not real!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 11 years ago

Cynthia, I love these! They are so easy even I could handle putting them together. Thanks, I'm bookmarking this post.

Posted by Donna Schoby (Liberty Bank of Arkansas) over 11 years ago

Hi Donna, Yep, these are so easy!!! Glad you may be able use this idea, thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 11 years ago

These are wonderful!  It is hard sometimes to find the just right thing for a desk and I grow weary of silk arrangments -- this is a fresh look I'll have to try -- thanks for sharing!

Posted by Margaret Oscilia, Home Stager, Salem Oregon (Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon) over 11 years ago

Cynthia, I love succulents but my favorites are a little more aggresive in nature. Carnivorous plants can really create some interesting displays!Carnivorous Plants

Posted by Mark Hall, Homes for Sale Vancouver Washington (Realty One Group Cascadia) over 11 years ago

Hello Margaret, so nice to see your smiling face on my blog! I think they have a nice clean & fresh look also.


Hi Mark, Now that is a way cool photo...did you feed it today? Thanks for including your photo!!!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 11 years ago

I realy love these Cynthia!  Thanks for sharing-they are great looking!!

Posted by Cathy Lee, ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA (CL Design Services Home Staging) over 11 years ago

I'm glad you like these Cathy, they only take minutes to put together, I swear!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 11 years ago

Great designs for both home and office.  Thanks for the tips for these lovely designs.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 11 years ago

Thanks Rebecca you're welcome! I think these are so easy anyone can pull them together in no time.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 11 years ago

Hello Cynthia-I love these. They are very creative. I especially like the last one. Very colorful. Where do you get the sterlized sand? I would love to try this at my place. I generally don't have good luck growing indoor plants but seeing this give me inspiration. Hope you have had a great Thurs and enjoy Good Fri> I got more catching up to do with your posts :-)

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 11 years ago

Love the sand in glass containers.  Even I can't screw it up to bad. 

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 11 years ago

Morning Sharon, When I mention using sterilized sand I meant to say it's the kind one would purchase at the store ( Walmart, Michael's, Hobby Lobby ) and not scoop up from the beach, unless you would boil it in bleach. The bleach boil method would kill any creatures and you can use that method for any cool shells you may find on the beach.

I may not have made it clear that these plants are faux, fake & not real! So you can make these and have them survive.!


Morning Jack & Izzy, Yeah I love the simplicity of these designs and the fact that anyone can pull them together. I was glad to be able to reuse an old glass container that once held a candle. Thanks for stopping by. Nope, you won't screw it up, you can do it, I have faith in you Mr. Inspector!!!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 11 years ago

Hi Cynthia, I recently discovered that if you give succulents potting soil and water, they become caprecious growers.  Nothing a little food and water won't nurture.  I now have Amazonian desert

Posted by Gail MacMillan over 11 years ago

Hi Cynthia-They are still beautiful and this way I can't kill them <smile>

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 11 years ago

Hi Gail, Can you believe I have murdered my succulent plants? That's why I have posted this one about the fake ones, I can't kill em'. I am envious of your Amazonian plants please post a picture, I'd love to see them!!!


Hey again Sharon, I agree, I can't kill them either, Woo - Hoo!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 11 years ago

LOL @Cynthia...I tried to take a picture but the lighting is wrong at the moment (maybe it's my old camera I was using) but I will put one here for you later.

I think the faux plants look amazingly real and no muss.  Murder is a very strong must be feeling a little guilty ;-)

Posted by Gail MacMillan over 11 years ago

Hey there Gail, yes you cannot believe how right you are, I do feel guilty :(  When I plant outdoors I have much better luck, thank goodness. Yes, please do post your photo when you can, I'll be waiting!


Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 11 years ago

Hi Cynthia...I love these little creations!  And now that you've shared that they're faux, all the better.  I have MANY of the burned out candle containers that I want to recycle and this is a perfect project.  Now I just have to get the old candlewax out of them and find the little succulents.  Hunting of my favorite past times.  Thanks!

Posted by Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging (Certified Staging Professional) over 11 years ago

Hello my friend Ginger, Thanks much for stopping by. Yes go get your empty containers hunt down those little succulents and make one of these beauties!

Maybe I need to go back and emphasize a bit better that these are faux, fake and definitely not real!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 11 years ago

I love these arrangements. They would be great in a vacant house, eye catching and zero maintenace! Yeah@

Posted by Betina Foreman, Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY (WJK Realty) over 11 years ago

Hey there Betina, I was also thinking of Realtors who stage or are in open houses might be able to use this idea when I wrote it! Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 11 years ago

Hi Cynthia...a promise made is a promise are my Amazonian succulents...LOL  They used to be so small prior to soil and water...I think I'm onto something :-)

Posted by Gail MacMillan over 11 years ago

Wow Gail, One of those looks like a jade type plant. I murdered at least 2 of those! Yours are doing very nicely, they must be very happy there on your porch.

You are so kind to take the time come back and post your photos! I really appreciate it Gail.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 11 years ago


Posted by Gail MacMillan over 11 years ago

Right back at ya winking

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 11 years ago

  just keep those spaces small...or green-eyed Frankie (my feline pal) may scope 'em out!  (LOL)


LOVE what you have done, and thanks for the ideas...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

OMG janeAnne, I never thought of that, LOL!!! Love your beautiful green eye Frankie, thanks so much for posting the photo.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 11 years ago

I love these ideas!  Because my cats like to eat plants I only have a few that I can keep out of their reach, but this opens new possibilities.

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) over 11 years ago

Love how these turned out! I was going to ask how much you water them then I went back to re-read that they are faux! LOL

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 11 years ago

Hi Ann, I'm glad Imay have provided a solution for you, thanks for your comments! They are so easy to put together.

Hi Lizette, You are not the only one who thought they were real. I should have mentioned again at the end of the blog that they were faux, fake and not real!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 11 years ago

You do such a beautiful job on your arrangements.  I am bookmarking for future reference.  I love these!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 11 years ago

Hey again Sharon, Thank you! These are super easy, fill container w/ sand stick in plant and a doo-dad if you wish. No one can mess these up.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 11 years ago

Succulents present such great art!

Posted by Ann Dail, Broker/Realtor,CRS, ePRO, SRS, B.A.Chem (Baton Rouge Area Homes, Louisiana, USA, 225-761-0551) over 11 years ago

Thanks for stopping by for visit Ann!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 11 years ago

I simply love this, I've always wanted to create beautiful yet simple arrangements.  Thanks for sharing. 

Posted by Kate Bourland, Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing (Marketing with Kate) over 11 years ago

Hi Kate, I'm glad to have given you a bit of inspiration!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 11 years ago

We have so much humidy, but yet can still grow tropicals and succulents...weird we can grow both.

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) over 11 years ago

Hi Cindy, These look real but in fact they are fake. I don't think I made it clear enough in the title, yikes! I was hoping anyone who needed a small bit of green could whip these up real fast w/ no design skills.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 11 years ago

You can do the same thing with real succulents, too, as long as you give them support and a little water once a month that has some nutrients in it since there is no soil from which the roots can get nutrients.

There is a Century 21 office here that has done a superb job with fake plants.

I still like the real thing though. I just need the smell of the soil and leaves, and to watch the beautiful blossoms as they grow, bloom, and die.

Aloe flowers

Posted by Not a real person about 11 years ago

Russel, what a fabulous picture you've shared here, thanks!!! I love the real deal plants too from working in the florist business for 12 years. Thanks for the visit.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch about 11 years ago

Somehow I missed this post...great idea, and I can see them working beautifully in several places!  Thanks for sharing, and sparking my creative juices to make a few of these!

Posted by c m about 11 years ago

Hey there Cheryl, I miss many many posts too, just only so much time in day huh? These love how super easy these are and anyone can do them. Thanks so much for visit and checkin' in Cheryl!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch about 11 years ago

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