I hope you enjoy this unusual Valentine’s Day gift idea straight from my green thumb to your heart. Succulents for Valentine’s Day are such a pretty and thoughtful gift.

When Valentine’s Day rolls around, people generally rush for the chocolates and cut red roses. That stuff is nice, but what if your Valentine is not into a giant box of over processed sweets? And what if your person is not cut from the same cloth as the marketing avatar designed by the  floral industry who demands the same old cut flower that everyone else is receiving. Have you considered Succulents for Valentine’s Day instead of the usual stuff people reach for?

Wouldn’t you like to gift your favorite person with something personal and with a loving handmade touch? Of course you would! That’s why you’re here. lol

The hottest plant family going right now is pretty much anything in the succulent family. They are beautiful and people are ga ga for them.


Who wouldn’t fall in love with that mesmerizing geometry?

It’s easy to see why a plump Echeveria would be the darling of the succulent world. They do require a high light environment, they like their soil to be well draining and they do, in fact, require some care to stay healthy. Don’t flip, because at the end of this post, I’m sharing a video I made that shows you how I repotted some succulents from their nursery pots to a pretty decorative pot right in my kitchen.

You do want to gift your plant in a pot other than the plastic nursery pot. And there are lovey ones to select. But today I’m going to show you that you can easily paint a clay pot in your person’s favorite colors. It’s so easy.

The first step is to choose a really healthy plant at the nursery. Skip the box store if you can, and buy local from a nursery if possible. Select your clay pot in a size or so larger than the nursery pot.



I used some leftover wall paint samples I had in the garage to demo this project. It happened to be matte in finish, which I kind of liked. I painted the rim in a contrasting color. I used a 2″ brush I had on hand. I painted the bottom first, let it dry and then flipped it over to paint the rim. I painted the tray to match. If the rim of your project doesn’t dry smooth, simply sand it out with fine sand paper. Brush away the paint dust and put on a fresh coat.

Alternatively, you can spray paint your pot which also works well. I did that for my Living Christmas Tree. It still looks beautiful and plant is doing well.

I put a little plastic wrap down on my surface and brushed on my paint. I does have some brush strokes, but that doesn’t bother me. You could roll it on with a tiny roller or use the spray paint if the strokes bother you. You could also use a shinier wall paint if you want the shine. In all honesty, I was trying to use what I had on hand to see if it would work and it DID!!



I made this project a couple of months ago so I would have time to see what the pot would do in terms of moisure, and absolutely no issues at all. Once the paint dries, it stays put. Dripping water on the pot when you water doesn’t do anything. Nothing runs, and the plants are as healthy as they would be in any other glazed pot. It’s true that straight up terra cotta is the best in terms of air exchange. But sometimes that can be a tad dull.

Nobody want to receive a dull gift for Valentine’s Day! I tied the twine around to give my gift a little personality and it beautifully set the project. Twine is a magical little secret trim that makes everything pretty.  I suppose it’s that rustic chic that everyone loves so much.



And that’s the whole project! It’s so simple, though it does take a little planning. Which is why I think it’s a better gift than the same old cut flowers. This is something you really need to consider and make time to put together. Though you certainly have that time this weekend!


Before and After

Here’s what you need to make this project:

  1. Beautiful, healthy succulent in a 4″ pot
  2. Terra cotta pot in a 4″ – 6″ size
  3. Cactus soil
  4. Decorative rocks for top dressing and to fill the base
  5. Paint of your choosing
  6. Brush or roller if not using spray paint


How to complete this project:

  • Paint the terra cotta pot in the way of your own choosing
  • Allow paint to dry over night
  • Repot the plant
  • Add decorative rocks on top of soil to top dress and to make a gravel bed in the tray
  • Try a decorative piece of twine around the pot if desired
  • Gift along with the hand sewn sachets in this post or with a home baked treat
  • And that’s really it! In case you are concerned about how to repot the succulent, here’s a video to show you how to do it.


This time of year is so hard for most of us. It’s so cold, and even though the days are getting longer, it’s quite drab outside. This punch of bright green in a sea of bland is a wonderful way to pick up your mood naturally. And I think it’s nice to give a special gift to someone that keeps on going. It’s a wonderful, positive reminder of you. There are more plant care videos on my youtube channel, so take a look if you are feeling concerned. You may also ask questions, and I will do my best to answer them I just finished my intern hours with the Master Gardeners here in Virginia Beach, so if I can’t answer the question, I can find someone who can.


Top dressing your soil and adding the twine makes a gift anyone would love to receive.

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Author: Pattymac

Patty loves figuring out new ways to use pom poms, where to stash more yarn and is always wondering what to bake next...chocolate or lemon? When not dreaming up new things to knit (or bake), she loves riding her beach cruiser on the Boardwalk, escaping to mid week movie matinees, and planting new things in her container garden.