I bought a cupcake stand last year because it was a good deal and I thought it was super cute. I especially liked the little swirls that made the baskets. It seemed so playful. When I got this last batch of cuttings to make my succulent wreath I had some left over so I was trying to figure out something creative that I could do with them.
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I had been keeping the cuttings in the same room as my food styling props and immediately I knew I wanted to do something with the cupcake stand. I had purchased some Spanish moss at the dollar store so I thought I’d try my hand at doing a little arrangement with the stand.
I had a lot of fun making mini arrangements in each basket. Something I heard recently about arranging pots is the phrase “thriller, filler, spiller.” I’m not totally sure where I heard the phrase so if someone recently invented that idea please let me know so I can give them proper credit. I think I may have heard Debra Lee Baldwin use the phrase in one of her videos. Here are some of the succulents I used:
- Aeonium Kiwi
- Crassula Baby’s Necklace
- Graptopetalum paraguayense
- Haworthia reinwardtii
- Kalanchoe tomentosa
- Sedum adolphii
- Sedum burrito
- String of Pearls
Anyway, the idea is that a good guideline for arranging pots is to have a plant that has some height (thriller), something to fill in most of the pot (filler), and another plant that hangs over the edge (spiller). I tried to keep that in mind with each individual basket and in the stand as a whole. Overall, I think this turned out pretty cute! It would be fun to mix in some cupcakes too if you were using it for an event such as a wedding or bridal shower. It would make a great table centerpiece!
You could also put the plants in a cupcake-sized container (rather than the Spanish moss) so you can leave the plants in longer. If you did this, it would make it easy to give away the succulents as gifts too! I can imagine a table full of succulents in cute little containers given away at a wedding or business meeting even.