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How to Create a Beautiful Living Succulent Wreath for your Home.

Updated: Nov 23, 2019

A Living Succulent Wreath! Who doesn’t love them or want one? When I see one on someone’s front door- I feel so welcomed and know that there has been a lot of thought and attention placed on the entry way experience for guests, family and friends (and Amazon delivery people- let’s face it, they see more of our doors than anyone!).

With the holiday season fast approaching, there has never been a better time to head to your local nursery and pick up a living succulent wreath. However, if you are feeling adventurous- why not try creating your own? This can be such a fun activity to do with your family, co-workers or even just a creative “alone-time” project you can easily do at home while listening to your favorite music (drink optional ;)

You can purchase a living wreath this time of year at Barrels N’ Branches in Encinitas (and for those of us that are time-pressed, it’s a great option!) For those feeling up to a little DIY project - you are in luck because we are going to share step by step instructions on how to make your own using a pre-made Sphagnum moss frame as seen here. ↓

Sure you can make your own wreath frame… but if you want a super easy DIY project I suggest buying a pre-made frame so that all you have to do is select the succulents and arrange them in a lovely composition.

Don’t be intimidated- they are actually relatively easy to make and do not require a long list of materials. These wreaths can last up to one year or longer if well cared for and if you own it for this long and the succulents become overgrown, you can remove them and start fresh. By taking small cuttings off of the older plants, you can create a new wreath arrangement using the existing frame.

Here is what you will need (See Amazon Links at the end of this post for a quick purchase!):

  • Succulent cuttings 2-3” size (at least 60 cuttings or more for a 13” wreath size). Choose a variety of colors and textures for visual interest.

  • Green Moss

  • Floral Pins (1.75” size works well)

  • Premade sphagnum moss wreath frame

  • Scissors

  • Pen

  • Optional: Wreath hanger

  1. Select at least 60 succulents and cut into 2 to 3-inch pieces. Remove lower leaves and allow to sit overnight or preferably a few nights so that bottom stem is dried off and slightly calloused before using. This prevents the succulents from rotting.

  2. Soak premade moss frame into a large bowl of water for about ten minutes before beginning (otherwise the wreath will be too dry and it will break apart on you).

  3. Layout the succulents in a circle approximately the same size as your wreath so you can decide if you like the composition you are creating before pinning them all in.

  4. Poke a hole in the sphagnum moss wreath using pen to make it easy to slide in the succulent cuttings.

  5. Use floral pins to secure the succulents into the frame.

  6. Do not overpack the succulents, save a little space around some of the plants to leave room for growth.

  7. Tuck loose green moss around succulents and secure with floral pins. Eventually the succulents will grow into the “empty” space, but this ensures your wreath will look lovely right after you have finished.

  8. Lay the wreath horizontally for a week to help the plants “root-in” more quickly before hanging vertically.

Voila !

How to Care for your succulent wreath:

  • Dip in a bowl of water and saturate for about 10 minutes once a week during summer or once every two weeks in winter. Remove from water and allow to drip dry before hanging back up.

  • Make sure your succulents gets some sunshine or filtered light if it is in a dark doorway or entrance.

See Links Below for Craft Pins & Sphagnum Moss Wreath Frame :

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