Reusing coffee pods by turning them into fairy planters

by | Mar 5, 2018 | Kids Garden Activities

Reusing coffee pods by turning them into amazing succulents planters is one great way of recycling. Not all homes will appreciate the use of coffee pods, but there is one special little place that welcomes tiny innovations and that’s the magical world of fairy gardens.

We love upcycling, it’s a great way to make the most of used items and we love working in a succulent garden. So when my daughter decided that she wanted to add some plant pots to her fairy garden, I knew just the planters to use – recycled coffee pods !

We set about creating a way to display the coffee pods to not only showcase them but offered a place for the fairies to play. A place to hang out, and hang up the succulent garden.

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Succulents planters

What you’ll need:

  • Recycle Coffee Pods
  • Succulent Cuttings
  • Succulent Mix
  • Skewers
  • Superglue
  • Paper
  • Pegs
  • Twine
  • Decorative Stones
  • Fairy
  • Blue Bird
  • Display Tray


Creating your fairy playground

  • Fold an A4 piece of paper to A5 (fold in half)
  • Line up skewers with the bottom corners of the paper and cross over at the top to form a small cross then glue. Repeat this again so you have 2 x glued triangles.
  • Using pegs as weights attach a peg to one of the skewers on each triangle. Then add leg (third skew) on each side by resting at the cross point, then add the bar to join the 2 triangles together and glue. Once dry add some twine to secure at the cross points on both sides. Structure completed, well done.
  • Next, empty out your coffee pods of any used coffee, and give them a good clean. Poke a hole in each side of the planters you are going to hang up and tie some twine to each side.
  • Fill the coffee pods with the succulent mix, then add your succulent cuttings. You can choose from a range of succulent types, just keep in mind the size of the planters.
  • Attached the hanging pods to the crossbar of the skewer structure.
  • Add some decorative stones to your tray, and maybe a bigger rock for the fairies to sit on and enjoy their amazing succulent planters.

Give your new succulents planters a light spray with water, and they will be very happy in their new fairy garden. Especially with the fairies keeping their eye on them and enjoying their beauty.

Reusing coffee pods For Succulents Planters Recycle Coffee Pods with Succulents Planted

Succulent Planters Hanging Succulents Planters in Recycle Coffee Pods


Succulents are amazing to work with, and kids love them. Creating tiny gardens are a perfect way to engage kids in gardening. Have you seen our Kids Garden Activities? Check out other awesome ways to engage kids here.

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