DIY Industrial Tiered Tabletop Succulent Garden

Originally inspired by Skip to my Lou’s cupcake stand, I took the project in a different direction to make a tabletop succulent garden. Succulents are probably the easiest plant to keep alive. Join me making this gorgeous industrial tiered tabletop succulent garden. 

So for those of you who have a black thumb this project is for you.  Succulents are pretty hard to kill. I love the greenery paired with the industrial metal tubes and end caps used in this project. 

All these items can be found at any hardware store.


  • Galvanized vent caps 6” and 9”
  • 1/2″ round aluminum tube cut to 5 1/4” and 6 1/4”
  • #8-32 threaded rod cut to 12”
  • 1 package of #8-32 X 1 1/4 combo round with nut
  • 2 rubber washers 3/16″ X 1/2″ X 1/16″
  • 11/64″ drill bit
  • Silver knobs
  • Tape measure

How To make a Tabletop Succulent Garden

Step 1

Cut your pipe and the aluminum tube down to size with your miter saw (with a blade made for metal).

You can get one on Amazon at a very reasonable price (around $50) for little craft projects like this one.


Step 2 

Measure and drill a hole through the middle of both end caps large enough for the threaded pipe to thread through.


Step 3

Thread the rod through the 9” end cap. 

Secure the threaded pipe at the bottom with a nut.


Step 4

Add a rubber washer to the threaded rod and then add the 6 1/4” metal tube on top of that.


Step 5

Add the smaller galvanized cap.  Secure that with a brass nut.


Step 6

Add the 5 1/4” piece of aluminum tubing. 

Secure that with a silver knob.


At this point it may appear a little crooked…no worries we will weigh it down in the next step.

Step 7

Add some gravel to the bottom for weight and drainage. 

This should make it stand straight as well.


Step 8

Add dirt and succulent plants.


This is a super easy project and is a great way to add some nature to an accent table.

Succulent garden

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  1. I am so that girl you described! I cannot keep a plant alive no matter how hard I try. Must attempt succulents asap! And I am so in love with this tiered display you’ve created–pinning! Hope you’re having a wonderful week, Beckie!

    ~Abby =)

  2. This is adorable, but the edges of those vent caps are sharp, so it probably wouldn’t be good for households with little kids, or those who are terminally accident-prone like me. Lol My husband suggested that clear air line tubing might be cut in half to go on top of the sharp edges.

  3. I love that you took a cupcake holder into a plant holder! Such a fun, new way for succulents. They are definitely my best friend in the plant world because I can keep plants alive outdoors but not indoors. Go figure!

  4. Beckie, this is a wonderfully creative idea. I love things that are made originally for one purpose and then turned into something for a completely different purpose. Well done!

    I would add one suggestion: Drill a number of holes in the vent cap bottoms for drainage. The pebbles certainly help, but for those of us with a heavy watering hand, not having good drainage could spell death to the succulents….

  5. Perfect, because I messed up and drilled another hole in the wrong place first, so I actually do have drainage holes… on accident. Ha! Good feedback – thank you!

  6. Sure, you could add something like that if you are worried about it. The edges are not that sharp. I wouldn’t want have to touch it everyday, but for a plant holder I am not worried about it. 😉 Ours is also in the guest room, so my kids are never around it.

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