A DIY Mini Succulent Christmas Tree

Hello, I am popping in today to show a cute DIY Mini Succulent Christmas Tree that is perfect for your holiday decorating.

If you follow me regularly (and I hope you do), you know how much I love adding natural elements to my decor. Fresh flowers and live plants of any kind are my love language. So today, I am adding succulents to my Christmas Decor.

Live Succulent Christmas Tree

Mini Succulent Christmas Tree

What you will need:

Getting Started

Supplies need to make your own Mini Succulent Mini Christmas Tree.
Supplies to DIY your Mini Christmas Trees

Once you’ve gathered your supplies, plug in your glue gun. I am using a styrofoam cone and a floral cone because it’s what I had on hand. You can find cones at your local crafts store or shop the links (affiliate) I’ve provided above. You can see my affiliate policy here.

I cut one of my trees down so that the heights of my two trees are different. Then I glued a wood slice to the bottom of each cone.

Process of making mini succulent trees.
Adding wood slices to the bottom

Next, glue the moss to your cone. I am wrapping one of the cones with Spanish moss and the other with Sphagnum Moss for variety. Be careful not to burn your fingers. At this point, I doubt I have fingerprints left. ;-

I am adding moss to the cones.

Continue adding moss until you can’t see the cone.

Moss covered tree cones for a DIY Christmas Tree filled with succulents.
Moss Covered Trees

Preparing Succulent Cuttings

Hens and chicks
Hens and Chicks cutting for DIY Mini Succulent Christmas Tree

Trim off the individual plants.

Cuttings from succulents
Succulent Cuttings Hens and Chicks and Echeveria

You will need to clean off any dirt or leaves to have a clean surface to glue the cutting to the moss.

Cleaning off leaves from succulents
Cleaning off the leaves
Attaching cuttings to a moss covered Christmas Cone.

Glue the cuttings directly onto the moss. And work your way around using different sizes and colors until you are happy with the pattern.

Succulents being glued to moss covered Christmas Tree.

Fill in any empty spaces with the smaller cuttings.

Mini cuttings
Use the tiny cuttings to fill in any spaces.

I also filled some spaces with Reindeer Moss for some texture. It’s the brighter green and beige moss you can see in the shorter Christmas Tree.

Once your mini Christmas Trees are full and you are happy with them, trim any moss sticking out.

Finished Mini Christmas Tees with succulents.
Finished DIY Mini Christmas Tree

Decorating your Trees

I love the simplicity of these cute little succulent trees just as they are, but you can add some fest cheer by adding string lights or ornaments.

DIY Mini Succulent Christmas trees with fairy lights.
Mini Succulent Christmas Trees with Fairy Lights.
Christmas Decor featuring a Live Succulent Christmas Tree.
Live Succulent Christmas Tree

How to care for your Live Succulent Christmas Tree

Keep your succulent Christmas Trees away from heat sources, as they will dry out faster. You can mist the succulents lightly every week or ten days, and they should last for 4-6 weeks. I have used this process with mini pumpkins, and it’s adorable for Thanksgiving decor!

Let me know what you think! If you make your own send me a pic or tag me with a photo on my A Life Unfolding Instagram.

Until next time,


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  1. Joanne says:

    Your trees turned out lovely!

  2. Decorative Inspirations says:

    These succulent Christmas trees came out so cute. What a great idea and a fun non traditional tree to make.

  3. Cindy Rust says:

    I love this unique idea Libby! So excited to tell you this post will be featured in Tuesday Turn About Link party this week! Thanks for joining us and I hope to see you at the party this week! Pinned!

  4. .Michele Graham says:

    Gorgeous. So sweet. I’m taken by these trees. Thx for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

  5. Tai East says:

    So creative and so cute! Such a great idea! ❤️

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  7. Angie | Fiesta Friday says:

    That’s so creative of you, and they look adorable. Thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday Link Party.

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  10. Create With Joy says:

    Libbie I LOVE this project – congrats for being one of our Featured Friends at Friendship Friday at Create With Joy!

  11. Kelly says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Succulents are so expensive so not a cheap tree to put together but maybe I’ll try the mini pumpkin ones since you can get a bag for much cheaper. Share a picture if you have made one. My mil bought me a mini pumpkin with tiny succulents around the stem. It was adorable while it lasted. Thanks.

  12. Heidi says:

    I really love this idea! Is there a way to keep the succulents alive longer than 4-6 weeks?

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