Create a Living Wreath with Succulents

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After I posted photos of my succulent wreath a few weeks ago my sister in law said she wanted one. I was anxious to give it another try so I ordered more cuttings. I used another wreath form from Topiary Artworks. Their quality really is superb so I didn’t have to think twice about using them again.

This time around I decided to do a smaller wreath. I thought it would be nice for the wreath to not be quite so heavy. I ended up liking this size a lot better. The smaller wreath seems to feel more full which I prefer.

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I approached the design of this wreath slightly differently. I decided to mix at least two varieties of cuttings in each section rather than have a solid section of just one type of succulent. I feel like this made the living wreath feel more unified and less blocky. In each section I picked two varieties that had some similarities but also provided some contrast to each other. For example, in the bottom right I have what I think are a variety of graptoveria which have a beautiful pink color. I mixed them with the Crassula perforata which has pink along the edges. Their shapes are very different but the pink in each helps them feel unified. Be sure to use greening pins if you are going to hang the wreath up right away!

Living Wreath with Succulents from

The String of Pearls were also used quite a bit this time around. I didn’t add quite as many as I did on the first succulent wreath because mixing the other cuttings seemed to unify everything better. For the “thriller” or focal point I used the large Fred Ives again and put these awesome Kalanchoe behind it for an accent and to create a larger focal point.

And just because they are pretty, here are some more detail shots of the living wreath.

Purple and Light Green Succulents in a Living Wreath Made with Succulents from

Pink and Orange Succulents in Living Wreath from

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I did another video of the process of putting the cuttings in the wreath form. I thought it was fun to see the wreath progress. If you haven’t seen my full succulent wreath tutorial be sure to check it out!

In case you were wondering, my sister-in-law loved the wreath! She sent me a photo of it on her front door. I have to say, it looks pretty good!

Succulent Wreath on Front Door

29 Responses to Create a Living Wreath with Succulents

  1. Oh Cassidy – spectacular! What is the size of your smaller wreath? I am waiting for roots to start a small picture frame 4″ x 6″ – you have certainly inspired me. Thank you so much. Lynda (Toronto, Canada)

    • The smaller wreath is 13″ and I think it is the perfect size, not to big not too small. I haven’t actually seen the string of pearls root in the wreath yet and I’m a little worried about it. I know they can be propagated from cuttings but I wonder if they need to be inside the moss instead of just sitting on top (I used pins to hold them in). I’ll let you know what happens though. When you finish your frame I’d love to see it!

    • Thank you! It took about an hour or two to put it together, two if you consider the design/layout process. I forgot to put a link to the cuttings in this post, but I got them from Daniel’s Specialty Nursery at

    • You’ll probably want to water pretty frequently (every 2-3 days). While succulents can tolerate heat and drought they will do better if they get enough water. I generally put mine on the lawn and let the sprinklers water it. This way it gets soaked but I don’t have to waste extra water. You do want the wreath form to be soaked all the way through.

    • It can definitely be hung vertically once it’s rooted. If you’d like it to be vertical from the beginning you’ll want to use plenty of greening pins and hot glue to keep things in place.

  2. HELP, after reading about you wreath, I couldn’t wait to make one. I have had about 40 succulents for about a week. Today my wreath arrived and I gathered my plants, on my back deck. I soaked the wreath, picked up my scissors and phone(they tend to ring when you cannot get to them)and started. I placed the plants around the wreath and emptied the first pot. Holy cow, there was so much dirt on the roots and SO many roots. I got a bucket of water and swoshed the plant around; good– the dirt came off but there were so many roots that I knew they would not go into a hole in the wreath.the roots were about 3″ long.

    Now my questions, is it OK to rinse the dirt off and is it OK to clip some of the roots. I am not much of a gardener and I am afraid to hurt the plant by shoving the roots into a hole.

  3. Hi Cassidy, I have made several of these wreaths by now but have never used the string of pearls. Did they root? Did you actually put the roots in a hole in the wreath or did you just lay them on top? How exactly did you do it? Thanks for the help!

    • I used cuttings of the string of pearls. Some of them took root and others didn’t. The ones that rooted had the end touching the moss or somewhat buried in it, plus they were covered by the other succulents so they stayed cooler and more moist. If you can put them in with roots I’d highly recommend it. String of pearls don’t seem to root as easily from cuttings as other succulents.

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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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