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Cookie Jar Tabletop Garden

A glass cookie jar makes a perfect home for a tabletop garden full of succulent plants.

Mini garden in cookie jar

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Cookie jar
  • Small trowel
  • Bamboo skewers or chopsticks
  • Plastic spoon


  • 8 quarts premium potting mix, #93762
  • Marble nuggets soil cover, #139497, #21571
  • River rock decorative soil cover, #139539, #340433
  • Assorted polished stones, #139462, #340434
  • Assorted succulent plants

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Step 1

Pour 1-1/2-in. of marble nuggets in the bottom of a clear glass cookie jar. Top with 2-in. to 3-in. of potting soil.

Step 2

Create terraces with bark and decorative stones, then fill in with additional soil.

Step 3

Tuck in tiny succulents such as hen-and-chicks, creeping sedum, and burro's tail. Water sparingly.

Good to Know

Plastic spoons, bamboo skewers, and chopsticks work great as mini garden tools for digging or positioning plants.

Learn more about succulents.