How to make a succulent wreath in 5 simple steps
Find out how to make a succulent wreath for a modern take on natural decorations for the festive season
This idea for how to make a succulent wreath will give your home decor a unique touch. This beautiful living wreath is very simple to make and there's a bonus in that it will look good long after Christmas is over too.
This succulent wreath is a beautiful and versatile alternative to a traditional wreath, and it’s so easy to do. As well as hanging it up on your door or wall this wreath will also look fabulous laid flat as a centerpiece on your festive table. It makes a stunning party piece.
In the same way there are lots of types of Christmas tree to choose from to suit your home and decor, there's a huge range of succulents available too for your festive wreath. The trend for succulents is still big news, so look for a combination that is pleasing in terms of shapes, colors and textures. A good place to start is by checking out common succulent varieties that are widely available like echeveria, sedum, sempervivum and aeonium.
Learn how to make a succulent wreath for a modern festive touch
This modern take on Christmas wreath ideas is a beautiful way to give your festive decor a more contemporary look. What's more, it's easier than you might think to learn how to make a succulent wreath thanks to our easy step-by-step guide.
- With special thanks to CICO Books for sharing this plant project from The Winter Garden by Emma Hardy, available at Amazon.
You will need:
- Moss (available from florist)
- Wire wreath base, 35cm in diameter (available at Amazon)
- Potting compost
- Copper wire
- Selection of small succulent plants
- Stiff floristry wire
- Wire cutters
1. Get the moss ready
It’s easier to work with moss that is a little damp so if yours is on the dry side give it a light mist with a water spray.
Tear the moss into pieces and lay them in a ring shape slightly larger than the wire wreath base, root side up, on the table. Lay the wire wreath base on top of the moss.
2. Wire things in place
Place handfuls of potting compost on the wire wreath base. Gather up the moss to cover the base and potting compost completely, wrapping copper wire around it to hold it in place.
3. Make a hanger
Using a sharp pair of florist’s scissors or secateurs, cut a length of copper wire about 50cm long and fold it in half.
Wrap it around what will be the top of the wreath, twisting it around itself to form a loop to act as a hanger.
4. Start adding plants
Gently pull florets and sections of the succulents from their main plants, keeping the roots intact.
Cut the floristry wire into lengths of about 4 inches (10cm) and bend them in half to form a 'U' shape.
Dig a small hole in the moss with your finger and lay the plant in it, securing it in place by pushing a bent wire around the base of it. This will be easier with some succulents than others, but judge each one individually, adding an additional wire if you need to.
5. Build up your design
Work around the wreath, adding more plants and varying the shapes and colors to form an attractive arrangement for your Christmas porch decor. Leave little gaps between plants so they will have room to grow and fill the space.
Check that all the plants, the potting compost, and the moss are securely held in place by the wire. Wind the wire around itself a few times to fasten it and snip with wire cutters to finish.
Once you've finished, there are lots of other ways to create DIY Christmas decorations and twig decorations that look just as professional as this succulent wreath.
You could also learn how to make a Christmas wreath using foliage for an alternative look elsewhere in your home.
What are the best succulents to use in a wreath?
If you've already learned how to grow succulents, you'll know that they are tough and durable plants that also cope well when divided, rooting easily when replanted. Our step-by-step guide on how to make a succulent wreath uses a varied selection of plants, but if you wish to keep the cost down, simply break off sections from succulents you already have.
Try to vary the colors to include a good mix of greens and whites, reds and mauves. Most of the plants will be stocked at your local garden center, florist or nursery, although with such a great selection now available online as well sourcing a good range of plants is easy.
The following selection of small plants will work best for a striking succulent wreath that will take pride of place in your outdoor Christmas decor ideas.
- Jovibarba hirta neilreichii
- Jovibarba heuffelii
- Sedum acre ‘Golden Queen’
- Sedum ‘Alba’
- Sedum ‘Sakhalin’
- Saxifraga ‘Southside Seedling’
- Delosperma congestum ‘Golden Nugget’
- Lewisia tweedyi
- Sempervivum ‘Fuego’
- Rhodiola pachyclados
- Chiastophyllum oppositifolium
- Androsace sempervivoides
How to look after your succulent wreath
Ideally, your succulent wreath should be left lying horizontally for at least a couple of weeks to give the plants a chance to root themselves, but if you're making it at the last minute to decorate a party, ensuring that the plants are tightly held in place should be enough to keep it looking good when it's hanging up.
When it comes to how to care for succulents, remember that they can survive quite dry conditions, so make sure that the wreath does not become waterlogged. In very dry weather, simply moisten the moss and potting compost by misting it a little with a water spray to keep the wreath hydrated.
The Winter Garden by Emma Hardy, available at Amazon
With over 35 step-by-step projects for small spaces using foliage and flowers, berries and blooms, and herbs and produce, this is a must if you're looking for creative ways to bring vitality to your garden in winter. Whether you want to decorate your entrance with colourful pots, brighten up your balcony or windowsills, or grow a winter harvest by the kitchen door, you'll find all the ideas and inspiration you need.
Lifestyle journalist Sarah Wilson has been writing about gardens since 2015. She's written for Gardeningetc.com, Livingetc, Homes & Gardens, Easy Gardens and Modern Gardens magazines. Having studied introductory garden and landscape design, she is currently putting the skills learned to good use in her own space where the dream is establishing a cutting garden.
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