Christmas DIY | Part 1

'Tis the season to be creative... I love DIY so much and with a bit of extra time on my hands I can finally get stuck into some projects over the holidays. 

I was struggling to come up with the perfect Secret Santa gift under R100 so I decided to make my own little succulent garden in a jar.


What to buy:

  • A succulent from your local nursery. They should be +- R30.
  • A jar big enough for the succulent, I found mine at West Pack for +- R30.
  • Small stones for the soil. I bought these at Herbert Evans for +-R30
  • One meter of ribbon, or whatever you want to wrap the jar in. You can find ribbon at Herbert Evans for +- R2.
  • A piece of cardboard for the name tag or the instructions. +- R1 a sheet at a stationary store.


  • Take the succulent out of the pot you bought it in and remove the soil around the roots of the plant.
  • Place the remainder of the soil at the bottom of the jar and make space for the plant.
  • Place the plant in the jar and cover the roots with the soil.
  • Carefully pour the small stones on top of the soil until it is covered with a thin layer of stones. 
  • Tie the ribbon around the top of the jar.
  • Cut a small square of cardboard for the instructions or Christmas wishes.
  • Punch a hole in the corner of the card and thread the ribbon through. 

Another alternative instead of soil is layers of different coloured sand.

I'll be posting a little series on Christmas DIY so keep an eye out. Also, if you are doing any fun DIY things this holiday, I would love to hear about them.

XO, Jess