Create Stylish Bookshelves with Succulent Bookends

Succulents are a fantastic choice for indoor color! They are low maintenance, unique, and versatile. Succulents can be used in so many ways and in many different containers.

Put these beauties to work and create cute bookends that will not only be a functional piece of décor in your home but will bring lovely color and texture to your space.

Create Stylish Bookshelves with Succulent Bookends


To get started, you will need the following supplies:

decor pebbles

  1. Succulents from Calloway’s or Cornelius
  2. Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil
  3. Décor Pebbles from Calloway’s or Cornelius
  4. 2 square glass vases
  5. 4 clear plastic cups

glass vase and cup


Step 1: Add Décor Pebbles

white decor pebbles

First, add a layer of pebbles. Make sure that the planting cups can sit securely below the edge of the vase.


Step 2: Plant your Succulents


Create a draining system with your plastic cups to keep your Succulents happy. Proper draining is key to the health of your plants. Make drain holes in 2 of your 4 plastic cups. We recommend using a hand drill to avoid breaking your cup and for easy hole creation. If you are crafting with kiddos, always use adult supervision with hand tools!

Drill 4 – 5 holes around the bottom of the cup.

drill holes in cup

Next, add your Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil, leaving room for your plant.

premium potting soil

Then, plant your Succulents in their containers. Water thoroughly, allowing the water to drain through the container.

Next, stack the sets of plastic cups. Keep the cup without holes on the outside to avoid water leaking into your pebbles. The second cup will work like a saucer for your plant.

plant your succulent

Once your plants are ready, place into the vase and secure your cup into the layer of pebbles.


Step 3: Add more Décor Pebbles

black decor pebbles

We are using a black and white theme with this design. For our next layer, we added a row of black pebbles.

cover soil with pebbles

Finally, top off your creation with white pebbles. Cover the soil and make sure the cup is not exposed.


Step 4: Stylize your Bookshelves

succulent bookends

Your Succulent Bookends are complete! Now it is time to set it up. Place each container on both ends of your books to support them in style.

These are great bookends for your gardening books, cookbooks, or your favorite novels. Display this in your office, bedroom, living room, or dorm!

succulent bookend ideas

Have fun and experiment with different colors of pebbles or stones or create different designs for the different seasons. Make patterns or keep it monochromatic. The options are endless! Find the style that works best for you!


Step 5: Succulent Care

completed bookened

To maintain the life and health of your Succulents, water only when the soil feels dry, or give your plants a slight mist weekly. Also, allow your plants to get some bright light throughout the day to keep them vibrant.

Stop by our store nearest you for your planting supplies! Questions? Ask one of our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals!