DIY Succulent Bouquet

A succulent bouquet is unconventional. It can be truly stunning and add incredible character to a range of flower arrangements. Creating a succulent bouquet does not mean that you put in succulents alone. You can combine them with a host of other flowers for surprising little features.

When creating the bouquet, you will quickly notice that flowers have something that succulents do not have, and that is long stems. So, a little modification to the succulent may be necessary.

DIY Succulent Bouquet
A succulent bouquet held by hand @succulentsforhire

Choosing the Right Flowers

Remember, succulents are not fans of water, so the bouquet that you prepare may not be suited to having in a vase at home. Instead, those that are used for the day, such as wedding bouquets may be more ideal. With this in mind, here are some of the flowers that you can use to create a DIY succulent bouquet.

1. White Roses

These provide height and colorful petals or blooms which add on to the overall beauty of the bouquet.

2. Alyssum

These are tiny filler flowers that can be used to cover up any gaps within the bouquets.

3. Echeveria Succulents

There are several variants to choose from, as well as sizes. With their rosette formations, the Echeveria can be at the center of the succulent bouquet.

4. Graptopetalum Bella (or similar flowering succulent)

This succulent features stunning bright pink flowers that add character to the bouquet.

Be sure to check out “9 Flowering Succulents for Indoors” for a list of more flowering succulents for your bouquet.

5. String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) Succulents

These succulents add a focal point to the bouquet, giving it increased length while not interfering with the beauty of the flowers on the top.

Putting Together the Right Elements

Once you have chosen the flowers, you need to put them together into a bouquet. For this, there are some other items that you need. These include the following:

1. Satin ribbon

Get two different thicknesses, and you can also choose two colors. The colors can be based on the flowers in the bouquet, with this example needing pink and white ribbons.

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2. Floral wire

This is required to strengthen the stems of all the flowers within the bouquet. It also helps with keeping the flowers in place as they can be manipulated more easily.

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3. Floral tape

You will need these to create the stems for the succulents.

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4. Flower shears

These will be required to cut the stems to the preferred sizes within the bouquet.

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5. Pins

These are necessary for holding the ribbon in place once you are ready to place it around the stem.

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DIY Succulent Bouquet
A person holding a bouquet of succulents @goddessprovisions

Build Your Succulent Bouquets

Now that you have all the elements in place, you can begin creating your bouquet. Here are the steps that you need to follow.

1. Get the succulents

Remove your succulents from the pots and shake off the loose dirt around them. In some cases, you may also need to cut off their roots – you can use the flower shears to do so.

2. Make stems for the succulents

To do this, you need to carefully find the stem of the succulent and attach the wire through this stem. Do this very carefully so that the succulent does not break at the stem. Wrap the wire around the succulent stems.

3. Cover them with the floral tape

This should be done from the base of the leaves down to the end of the wire. It will thin out as you go lower down, and the short stem finishes. Where thin, you can wrap the tape around two or three times.

4. Prepare your roses

Take the stems and cut off the leaves at the bottom of the blooms. If you do need to retain any of the leaves, they should be within two inches of the flower.

5. Strengthen the stems

This can be done with the flower wire. Take the stems of the roses and wrap the wire from the base of the bloom to halfway down the stem.

6. Cover up the wiring for the roses

This can be done with the floral tape. Starting from the base of the bloom, pull out the roll of tape and secure the end at the base, and then twist the flower until you get to the end of the wire. This will also ensure that the wire does not uncoil.

7. Your flowers are ready. Arrange them into a bouquet

Remember to arrange the hanging succulents strategically. Put them together, and you will then have all the stems to hold in your hand. Around these stems, wrap the floral wire to keep everything in place.

8. Wrap the ribbon around the stems

This will ensure that the wire cannot be seen. Then, you can pin the ribbon in place. Make sure that the sharp parts of the pins are not poking out so that you do not cut yourself.

9. Trimming

The final piece of the puzzle, trim, whatever parts of the stem are poking out to your preferred length so that all is even. Use the flower shears for this.

DIY Succulent Bouquet
A succulent bouquet @westwindsucculents

You may have been wondering how to put your bouquet together before, and now, it has all been simplified. The beauty of putting together a bouquet is that you can use any flowers that are to your liking. As long as you have the fundamentals, you can let your imagination go wild.

Thank you for reading with us today! Enjoyed learning about doing your own succulent bouquet? If so, you’ll really enjoy our ebook about “Rare Succulents You Wish You Knew About“. With this ebook, you’ll find yourself more detailed answers that’ll help your succulent grow even better! With thousands of succulent lovers enjoying our ebooks, you don’t want to miss out on what works the best to grow your succulents. 

Happy Planting! 🌵

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