DIY Umbrella Planter from a Copper Jello Mold

Follow these steps on how to plant succulents and they'll survive forever!

I usually pass up the jello molds I see at the thrift store, but when I saw this copper one, I just couldn’t resist.  Granted, I didn’t actually know what I was going to do with it at the time I bought it, but sometimes I’m guilty of those types of purchases.

Follow these steps on how to plant succulents and they'll survive forever!

I’ve tested out bundt pans to see if my umbrella pole would fit through them in the past, but the opening is just a bit too small in all the ones I’ve seen.  But this jello mold has a large enough hole to fit the pole, with plenty of room to spare.  After testing it out just to be sure, I put together my little succulent garden.

Follow these steps on how to plant succulents and they'll survive forever!

I’ve put together a complete post on how to plant succulents so they stay alive forever.  Well, maybe not forever, but it covers how to plant them so they can thrive for a long time.  I would definitely recommend taking a quick look.  You’ll actually see some of the jello mold pictures used in the post!

Plant a succulent garden in a jello mold to fit around an umbrella pole - genius! I see these at the thrift store all the time. Now I need to pick one up!

After filling it with rocks and a little succulent dirt, simply arrange the succulents, and then fill them in with more dirt.  The final layer is a touch of pea gravel.  I love the way the little rocks look on top, but they are also there for the health of the plant.  (I explain it all in my succulent care post.  So, if you skipped it the first time, you should read it now!)

Plant a succulent garden in a jello mold to fit around an umbrella pole - genius! I see these at the thrift store all the time. Now I need to pick one up!

Of course, I’ll pull the planter in over the winter, probably at the same time that we put our patio table in the garage.  These little succulents wouldn’t stand a chance against Chicago winters!

Plant a succulent garden in a jello mold to fit around an umbrella pole - genius! I see these at the thrift store all the time. Now I need to pick one up!

This planter couldn’t have been any easier to make, and for $1, it can’t be beat!

A copper jello mold can be reused as a DIY umbrella flower pot.  What a cute little succulent garden!

18 thoughts on “DIY Umbrella Planter from a Copper Jello Mold

  1. Genius! Using the jello mold as a planter for your outdoor umbrella table is such a smart idea! Thanks for the tip about the cactus soil.
    Carol (“Mimi”) from Home with Mimi

  2. This is such a darling idea. I love how it spruces up the table. I’ll be looking for a jello mold at the thrift store. Thank you for sharing on Over the Moon link party. Pinned and shared.

  3. I loooove this idea Jenny! The mold is perfect for the umbrella and looks so cute with the plants. What a great idea. Thanks so much for linking it up to the Inspiration Galore Project Party this week. You are one of my Features tomorrow over at Recreated Designs. Happy weekend!

  4. This is SO cute Jenny! I have some old bundt pans that I can’t use to bake with anymore and that’s exactly what I’ll do with it! Thanks for sharing at our party! Featuring you tonight!

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