How to Make a Living Succulent Wreath

Learn how to make a living succulent wreath with this step by step photo tutorial! This fun DIY project is sure to make a statement on your front door!

Ta da! My succulent wreath tutorial is here! I know you’ve all been anxiously waiting right? :) I took pictures along the way and turned them into a video of sorts. It was a fun but very time consuming process to create the wreath but totally worth it in the end. I can’t wait until the roots develop and it gets warm enough to hang outside!

Making a succulent wreath is so much fun! Find out how in this post!

Let me start off by saying that this process was a lot more difficult than I expected. It’s not terribly hard, but it definitely presented some challenges. Overall I’m pleased with how the living wreath turned out and I’m excited to see how it grows. There is a little video at the end that shows start to finish what I did with the wreath. With that, here is what I did!

Buy or Create a Spangham Moss Wreath Frame

After seeing what other people have done with living wreaths and succulent wreaths, I decided that rather than making my own wreath base I would just buy one. Daniel (who I bought my succulent cuttings from) recommended getting a form from Topiary Artworks. After looking around a little more, I decided they were the best option. They have great quality wreaths and their prices are terrific. I bought the 15″ Living Wreath.  It is a pretty good size and with the 200 succulent cuttings I got, I had plenty of plants to fill it with.

Soak the Moss Wreath

Basic instructions for making a wreath came with my purchase. The most important part of this whole process (well, at least initially) is making sure the wreath is fully soaked before you begin adding cuttings. I had thought it would be nice to work with the wreath dry, but it just falls apart. Once soaked all the way through (I soaked mine in the bathtub for about 15 minutes), the wreath is very easy to work with although it weighs a lot! I’ll be glad when it drys out a little so the wreath isn’t as heavy.

Soak your moss wreath before starting - Living Succulent Wreath - Succulents and Sunshine

Plan Your Design

I realized after the fact that it would have been smart for me to take a picture of how I designed the wreath before creating it. Basically, I just laid out all of the cuttings in a circle the approximate size of my wreath. This was a really great thing to do. I was able to see if the overall design is what I wanted and I got an idea of how many cuttings it would actually take to make it look right. Unless you are very confident in your design skills (and even if you are…) this is a step I would not skip. It will help your wreath look better in the end and you’ll use your cuttings more efficiently.

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I’ll be doing a post on arranging a little later on, but the phrase “thriller, filler, spiller” really helped me decide how to arrange my wreath. I knew I wanted to have one larger cutting near the bottom (thriller) and I purchased a large pot of the String of Pearls variety of succulent to use to make the wreath unified and add a more flowing element (spiller).

Use Scissors or a Dowel to Poke Holes in the Wreath then Add the Cuttings

Now the fun (and hard work) begins! You’ll need some sort of tool to poke holes in the wreath. I decided to use scissors since the size was about right, but you could use a pencil, a dowel, a stick, or anything else you can think of. Once you have a hole, put your cutting in it and, viola!

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If you need to hang your wreath up sooner than 6 weeks after making it you’ll want to purchase some greening pins (like giant bobby pins or the wire things that you use to hold curlers in your hair). I wish I would have! I ended up using some paper clips cut in half and that worked ok, but next time I’ll be getting some real greening pins. Basically, the pin goes over a leaf or the stem of the cutting and into the wreath to help hold it in place. Even though my wreath was laying flat (as it should be) I had some cuttings that didn’t want to stay put. Some didn’t have a very long stem or, in the case of the string of pearls, just wouldn’t go in a hole in the wreath. So, moral of the story… buy greening pins!

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Keep the Succulent Wreath Flat for 6-8 Weeks

Like I said earlier, you’ll want to leave your wreath flat for at least 6-8 weeks until the cuttings have fully rooted. Otherwise, all your hard work will go to waste! It would not be fun to hang up the wreath only to have all the plants fall off! I had planned to make my wreath a little earlier so that it would be ready to go out after the last frost, but I think I’ll wait until at least June to actually hang it. I may be able to hang it sooner because a lot of the cuttings already had a few tiny roots forming when I made the wreath, but I’ll just have to wait and see!

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If anyone has tips, tricks or questions about making succulent wreaths feel free to leave a comment below!

57 Responses to How to Make a Living Succulent Wreath

  1. That is gorgeous!! Was 200 the amount you put in? How will you water it once its up or will you leave it to get moisture from the air? I’m excited about making this!!!

  2. I sell succulent plants for only $2.00 per rooted pot – cheapest in Tasmania – my tip for propergating cuttings is to simply take cuttings from the mother plant and just lay leaves cuttings on ground next to original – around end of Summer is a good time – within a couple of weeks neglect, you will have all cuttings and leaves having roots on them – somply pot up each one separately or start your wreath this way – cheers, Rose

  3. Hi – I would like to know what the filling in wreath is made of please – is it wired cottonwool, some type of soil??? – I have no idea, but would love to know please – cheers, Rose

    • I’m not 100% sure how long it will last, but I plan on using it again next summer too. It should be fine inside during the winter as long as it gets enough light. We have some strong grow lights in one of the rooms of our house so it should be ok. I agree, summer is too short to just enjoy it then! I plan to keep it out as long as possible but it will definitely come inside at the first sign of frost.

  4. I made my first living wreath for my mil on mother’s day and enjoyed the process immensely, so much so, that I’ve ordered many more frames and am working on more. I stayed with the ‘triangle’ method in that I put similar cuttings in triangles around the wreath. I definitely like how you arranged the cuttings in succession with one another-very pleasing. How do I post my wreaths-do it on FB and tag? Also was tempted and bought topiaries to tackle next !

  5. Dear Cassidy
    Your wreath is so beautiful and your blog is wonderful. I sell succulent cuttings and many of my customers are buying them for wreaths. Yours is full of succulent cuttings I sell and I imagine I have lots of wreaths adorning walls around Australia that look as lovely as yours.

    • Thank you so much! I love hearing about other people making things with succulents! I keep finding people addicted to succulents in Australia and think maybe someday I’ll have to make a trip there :)

  6. I found you because my friend Lois from Succulent Salon (which you have bookmarked) sent me a link bragging about your blog. It is Beautiful. Wonderful work you have done here. And a gorgeous wreath.

  7. This is the most gorgeous succulent wreath I’ve seen yet. You truly have the eye for this. I’m going to order all my supplies and give it a shot. I’d be happy if mine turns out even half as beautiful as yours. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • It was outside in about 70 – 80 degree weather and dried out in about a week. Now that it’s inside for the winter, it takes about 2 weeks if not more to totally dry out.

  8. Hi Cassidy!! Your wreath is lovely. I’m so excited to try my own. I noticed you ordered 200 succulents, and mentioned in a response to a question that you used just over 100. I was wondering if in your opinion I could order (2) 15″ wreaths and do them at the same time? I realize I may need to buy a few extra succulents here locally to complete both wreaths. What are your thoughts on this?

    • Sorry for the delayed response. Yes! You could definitely do two at the same time! I liked having extra cuttings so I had a little more control on the design, but doing two at once would be nice since you’ll already have the mess out and the plants available.

  9. Can you tell me if you used the succulents with color or the all greenish ones? I am a very visual person and need to work off of a plan. Your wreath is absolutely gorgeous.
    Thank you.

  10. I love your Wreath, I have never made one but tomorrow I will and I appreciated all of your tips!! Wish me luck!!!

  11. I’d like your opinion on how many cuttings to purchase, and which color groups. I purchased 2 17″ Living Wreaths from Topiary Artworks. I plan to make them into succulent wreaths, but I’m unsure how many cuttings I should order. I am going to order from Daniel’s Specialty Nursery. In your experience, is there enough slight color variation in the all green cuttings or should I also get some of the colored cuttings?

    • Exciting! That will be a fun project. I haven’t ordered his green set before so I can’t say for sure on that. With green succulents in general there is quite a bit of variation. If you like the monochromatic look I’d say to go for it. The colored groups do have a wide variety of colors. I would order at least 300 cuttings total for the two wreaths. My form was 15″ and I used about 150. If you want to be on the safe side and want the wreaths to be planted very tightly I’d get 400. Hope that helps! I’d love to see photos when you’re done!

    • If you purchased the wreath from Topiary Art Works, they have metal feet on the back to give the wreath space between the back of the wreath and the surface it is next to (the wall or table). This way the wreath doesn’t damage the surface and the plants get plenty of air flow around the roots.

  12. Can anyone comment on what they did with their living wreath after the first year or two? Does it become unwieldy? Does simply trimming the excess (and re-planting the cuttings separately) actually return it to a beautiful and usable state?

    Also, can this project be started indoors in the fall? Or does the drying process need to occur outside? I was considering making one of these in late winter (after a few deep breaths and encouraging thoughts to myself) so that they might be ready in time for spring. Where would I go with a sopping wet wreath, though? I imagine it would mold and/or freeze if I put it in a garage, right? Is this something I should just wait until Spring to do?

    • Here is one of my wreaths after a year. They can get pretty full, but honestly with annual trimming they can last several years and still look good.

      As long as you have somewhere with enough light and a moderate temperature (around 70, give or take) I think starting one late winter would be just fine. It may take a little longer to root (assuming you use cuttings not rooted plants), but it should be just fine! The wreath form will be wet, but you can leave it in a tub or sink until it’s not dripping anymore. Usually mine are fine after an hour or two.

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I'm Cassidy, a professional photographer turned succulent addict and the author and photographer here at Succulents and Sunshine. This is me with my wonderful husband and super cute baby!

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