Succulent Wreath

Succulent wreath

“Brighten Up Your Home With a Succulent Wreath”

Let’s admit it. With the current lock-down and imposed quarantine, you might be looking for a new hobby to keep things interesting. Why not add some zest to your living area and keep yourself occupied by creating a beautiful succulent wreath? 

Not only is it easy and fun to make, but it’s a fantastic way to showcase your creativity and liven up your home at the same time. Talk about killing two birds with one stone – now that’s efficient.

With minimal maintenance required, succulents are a plant-and-forget kind of species, making them perfect for our wreath project. They are sturdy, grow slowly, and you won’t have to remind yourself to water them as long as they get enough sunlight.

Good, now that we have that out the way, are you ready to create your succulent wreath? Who knows? It might even become your newfound hobby!

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So, How do we Begin Creating Our DIY Succulent Wreath?

First, remember that we are here to enjoy crafting our piece, so don’t get too stiff and neglect to enjoy the process as much as the final result! The journey is just as important as the destination.

Succulents come in a lot of different colors, shapes, and even textures. To craft your wreath, use succulents that complement each other aesthetically. Incorporate high-contrast hues or smooth-blending color palettes that will make your wreath stand out. 

We chose to use the Sedum, EcheveriaAenomium, and the Kalanchoe genus of succulents for our DIY wreath project, although you are free to use whichever succulent you fancy.

Find inspiration for your succulent wreath from the Succulent City Instagram Page. Here you will find numerous photos of common (and not so common) succulents of different colors, shapes, and sizes.

What Materials Will I Need?

Once you zero in on the succulents you wish to use, proceed to gather and prepare the materials you will use for this project. These include:

  • A sphagnum moss living-wreath frame
  • Succulent cuttings of your choice
  • Floral or greening pins
  • A pencil or anything you can use to poke a hole into the moss
  • Scissors

Don’t let our little list intimidate you already; these items are all readily available at your nearest gardening store or online succulent stores. Just relax and enjoy the process. 

Step One: Prepare Your Succulent Cuttings

At this point, you’ve already found inspiration and chosen the succulents of your choice. Good! 

With this, you can now begin gathering succulent cuttings, leaving a one/two-inches stem off the plant. Remember to do this a couple of days before creating your wreath. 

We do this a few days earlier to give the cuttings enough time to heal and develop callouses, forming a new root. Keep in mind that if this step is not done correctly, instead of creating a fresh root, the succulent will end up rotting, which you don’t want to happen.

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Step Two: Soak The Sphagnum Moss

So, are you still there? 

How are your succulent cuttings getting along? Good?  Has it already formed a new root? It has? Fantastic! Pat yourself on the back. You’re on the right track! 

Now, let’s get going with step two – the sphagnum moss wreath frame. 

Soak the sphagnum moss frame in a bucket of warm water for about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on its size. 

After the water has penetrated inside the sphagnum moss frame, please remove it from the bucket and let it drain for some minutes. You don’t want to work with a soggy, dripping, moss frame. 

Step Three: Time to Plant Your Wreath 

Isn’t this exciting? You, my friend, are good on your way to creating your very first wreath! Now, get your pencil or any sharp pointy object and poke holes into the wreath where you will be planting/inserting your succulent cuttings. 

But, wait! Don’t get too carried away; poke just enough holes deep enough to accommodate the succulent cuttings without going all the way through.  

Pick up the lucky first succulent you will be planting! Remove its lower leaves, and carefully insert it into the wreath.  

Once the succulent cutting is well inside the hole, press the moss around the base to cover up the hole with the newly inserted succulent inside it. 

Finally, secure the succulent cutting to the wreath with floral pins around the stem. The floral pins will hold the succulent cutting in place before it’s had the chance to fully develop its root system and attach itself to the moss frame.

Repeat the process until you fill the whole wreath with pretty baby succulents. 

Photo by Jünior Rodríguez on Unsplash

Step Four: Let it Rest

Now don’t get too excited after filling up the gaps with your succulent cuttings. I know it looks beautiful, but it’s not quite ready to go up yet. 

Let it rest on a flat surface and take it outside every day, gradually exposing it to the morning sun for about four to six hours. Do this daily for about a week. 

Soak your newly formed wreath for approximately 5mins in a bucket of water. Do this once/twice a month or whenever you feel it getting dry. 

It will take you about 6-10 months, depending on its size, until all the succulents root into the sphagnum moss. 

Step Five: Hang it up And Liven up Your Home

Hey! I’m glad you’re still here. Are you ready to hang up your very first succulent wreath? 

I bet you are! 

Hang it indoors, opposite a sun-drenched window, or outside on your main door – it will make an excellent conversation starter for guests. 

Photo by Mark Neal from Pexels

So How’s It Going so Far? 

Congratulations! You did something new and fresh, and you should be proud of the piece you’ve created. 

Now that you know the process and how enjoyable it is to craft one, you can teach your friends and family. When you perfect your succulent wreath crafting skills, you can even sell your wares online on Etsy or eBay sites. If online selling isn’t your thing, you can display your succulent wreaths at your local swap-meets and flea markets around town. 

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