Create a Living Wreath with Succulents

Learn how to make your very own succulent wreath! With a pre-made form you can make this beautiful piece in just over an hour!

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 www.succulentsandsunshine.com

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 www.succulentsandsunshine.com

Pink and Orange Succulents in Living Wreath from www.succulentsandsunshine.com

Living Succulent Wreath from www.succulentsandsunshine.com

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 www.succulentsandsunshine.com

35 Responses to Create a Living Wreath with Succulents

    • 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. hello! this is gorgeous!! thank you for sharing. i am a total newbie and had a few questions. i’m not trying to make a wreath but instead a “S” shape (i have a planter). if i buy sphagnum moss, and soak it, can i just mold it into my planter? also after every watering, how long do you wait before the moss isn’t dripping and can be hung again?
    lastly if i use rooted succulents instead of cuttings, can i “plant” them within the moss and shorten the wait time before it can be turned/stand vertically? thank you soooooo much!

    • Filling the planter with moss will work just fine. You may want to use some sort of glue to attach it to the sides of the planter, but it does tend to stay in place pretty well once it dries. Often people will cover the planters with mesh or burlap as well to keep things in place. You can staple it to the front of the planter and then place the succulents in the holes (or make small holes in the burlap)

      The amount of time it takes for the wreath to dry really depends on how large it is, where it’s set out to dry, how humid it is, etc. Usually though within a couple hours it has dripped off most of the excess water. If it’s outside you may be fine to just hang it up right after watering (although it will be much heavier).

      Rooted succulents will help shorten the time it needs to lay flat. You can also use greening pins or glue to hold things together and hang it up sooner. Placing mesh or burlap over the top of the moss before planting will also help keep things in place better.

  4. I want to make several as gifts for the holidays. Do I need to order 200 clippings for each wreath? Did you calculate an average cost for each of the wreaths?

    • I used about 150 for the wreath, so you’d want to get at least that many for each one. Using these forms the wreath ended up costing about $100. I’m also trying one with this form from Mountain Crest Gardens and their plugs. I’m not sure it will be much cheaper, but it seems a little more durable. I’m hoping to do a post about it soon. Sounds like you’ll have a fun project and great gift idea!

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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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