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Copper Mug Succulent Arrangement: The Complete Guide

Copper Mug Succulent Arrangement: The Complete Guide

If you adore succulents and love having them around the home, consider planting one in a copper mug for your next DIY project. In this post, we reveal the complete guide to making a succulent mug planter. Read on!

What are Succulents?

different types of succulents planted in tiny clay pots

Succulents are a type of plant that stores water in their leaves. These leaves are generally thicker and can vary in size. Succulents also thrive in warm temperatures and only need minimal watering.

An experiment was conducted to see if succulents can change their method of photosynthetic metabolism in response to an environmental shift. They used baby rubberplants (Peperomia obtusifolia) as the test subject. They discovered the plants were able to save water and maintain low levels of metabolic activity during drought periods by completely closing their stomata and continuing to generate organic acids.

Benefits of Indoor Succulents

Succulents continue to produce oxygen in the evening. This is in contrast to other houseplants that respire carbon dioxide when the surroundings are dark. Succulents are able to do this because they belong to the species of plants that have Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) characteristics.

Succulents can also help purify the air inside your home. If succulents are grouped together, this purifying effect can be amplified. If you’ve always wanted to have plants in your home but can’t commit the care most houseplants demand, succulents are a perfect option. They are very low maintenance and only require watering about once a week.

Types of Succulents

Below are some popular varieties of succulents that can be a great addition to any home:

  • Jade plant

  • Echeveria

  • Zebra plant

  • Panda plant

  • Ghost plant

Why Choose Copper Mugs?

two empty Moscow Muled copper mugs placed on wooden board
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Copper mugs are often used for cocktails such as the moscow mule, but they can also be used in many other applications around the home. In this case, succulents can be uniquely and beautifully displayed in copper mugs. Unlike clay or ceramic pots which will break when accidentally dropped, copper mugs will safeguard your succulents in case of falls. If you have a surplus of mugs or don’t drink, using copper mugs as a planter for your succulents will give the mugs a new purpose rather than collecting dust in storage.

Not only do copper mugs provide sturdy protection for your succulents, but they also look terrific as decorative pieces. The lovely contrast between the copper’s metallic sheen and the succulent’s vibrant green leaves looks great in almost home and quickly becomes a unique conversation piece.

In interior design, warmer metals like copper, brass, and rose gold are very much in style at the moment. These warmer metals help create a more cozy and elegant atmosphere. The copper trend originally began when British designer Tom Dixon introduced copper hanging pendant lamps. The trend then rippled to other accent pieces and accessories for the home. If you are looking for an affordable way to incorporate some copper in your interior decorations, copper mug planters for succulents are an inexpensive way to quickly refresh any nook at home!

How to Arrange Succulents in Copper Mugs


  1. Copper mugs

  2. Succulents

  3. Potting soil mix for succulents and cacti

  4. Spray bottle with water

Before buying your succulents, you will need to evaluate the space you plan to place the arrangement. This will help you choose the right succulent that will be able to thrive in that particular environment. As previously noted, succulents thrive in warm environments with bright light.


  1. Measure the size of your succulent including the soil. This will help you estimate the amount of soil to place inside the copper mug.

  2. Fill the copper mug about ¾ full with soil, depending on the size of the succulent. Create a small pit in the soil using your fingers.

  3. Using the spray bottle, spray some water on the soil that is in the copper mug as well as the succulent’s roots.

  4. Gently place the succulent inside the copper mug. Add more soil around the succulent if needed.

  5. Lastly, spray some more water on the soil and succulent.

Taking Care of Succulents

Using a watering can, gently pour water into the soil until the soil is damp. Be sure not to drown the succulent in too much water. Once the succulent’s soil is completely dry, the plant can be watered again. The soil can take anywhere from three to four days to completely dry. Remember, only water your succulents when the soil has completely dried and never over water them!

The best spot to place succulents is near a window so they can soak up the sunlight. However, be careful during periods of the day when the sunlight and heat becomes too intense, as such heat can burn the succulents. You may want to diffuse the sunlight during the brightest times of the day with a blind or sheer curtain so that the succulents can still absorb some sunshine without getting burned.

Did You Enjoy This Article?

Thank you for reading! If you enjoyed this article, you might also like the following articles: Which Moscow Mule Copper Mugs Are Best? and Top 3 Reasons Why Copper Mugs Make the Best Gift

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