Hello! It’s wreath season, and I’ve seen all kinds of ideas for wreaths for both Fall and Christmas. I wanted something unique, and because I am embracing simplicity and nature this season, I decided to DIY a square succulent wreath.
I am using live succulents today. You could make this from a faux product, but I prefer using live plants whenever possible.
I have worked with succulents in crafts before and had them live for months. If a succulent you’ve planted dies, you can easily plant a fresh one.
Once completed, keep your Succulent wreath in a cool, dry location and soak it in water when dry- don’t submerge the entire plant; the idea is to moisten the Moss. (check every 3-4 weeks). You can mist lightly between soaking, but the beauty of succulents is they don’t mind getting dry. Trim any succulents if they grow too tall to prevent them from getting leggy.
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Here are the supplies I used.
Soak your wreath form. I bought a wreath form that was already filled with sphagnum moss – I chose this one because it has legs to keep it from touching your wall (or table). You could also use a wire form and add your sphagnum moss.
I am using a mix of succulents. I bought mini succulents from Amazon, and I picked up a few clearance planters from Lowes and filled in with cuttings from my home.
Clean your succulents of dirt and roots. Gently trim off the roots with scissors. You will want to cut off the shoots (babies) and add them separately.
Use your artist’s paintbrush to remove any dirt.
Once your succulents are trimmed and cleaned, move them to the side.
Tip: Layout your succulents before you start planting. It doesn’t have to be set in stone-just to give you an idea of how you want them to look. I started with the largest rose-shaped succulents and built the four corners first.
Once your layout looks how you want it to, it’s time to start planting.
Using your wood stick, poke a hole the size of the stem of your chosen succulent.
Using your glue gun, add enough glue to help secure the succulent. It will not hurt them. You can peek at the succulent trees I glued the same way.
Push them gently into the whole that you have just made. Use the stick to help prevent burns from the glue.
In addition to the glue, you may want to add florist pins to secure heavier plants. Florist wire is also helpful if you feel they are too heavy. Wind it around the plant and wreath.
As you add more plants, occasionally pick up the wreath to see how you like the design and that the plants are properly adhered to the wreath. If they fall off, add a pin or wire.
I just noticed my gloves! LOL. I found a spider in one of the baskets….
Keep working your way around filling in with your succulents.
When my wreath was 90% filled with plants, I started adding bits of colored Moss. This is optional. I like the texture and color that it added to the plants.
Here is the completed wreath.
Let your wreath sit for 24 hours before hanging. I am going to use this as a centerpiece for my table.
I hope this inspires you to DIY a Square Succulent Wreath of your own!
I’d love to hear your thoughts…and if you make one of your own, send me pics!
Until next time,
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