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!

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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.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own succulent wreath:

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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 original 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.

Making a Living Succulent Wreath - Succulents and Sunshine

Check out this post to learn about the concept of “thriller, filler, spiller”. It inspired the design for this 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!

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). 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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How to Make a Living Succulent Wreath - Succulents and Sunshine

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!

Now you’re all set to make your very own succulent wreath! Click here to see another succulent wreath I made for my sister in law. Also, learn how to take care of your succulent wreath here!


Succulent Wreath - Succulents and Sunshine

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79 Comments

  1. Sandra McBride May 22, 2013 at 8:13 am - Reply

    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 !

    • Cassidy May 22, 2013 at 9:34 am - Reply

      Wow! Way to go! I have some topiaries in the line up but I need to get more cuttings first :). I’m not sure if there is a way to tag a page in a photo, but I think you can just post the photo to my Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/SucculentsAndSunshine. I’d love to see it! If that doesn’t work, just send me an email.

  2. laura May 24, 2013 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    so, so beautiful, cassidy!

  3. Naomi May 25, 2013 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    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.
    Naomi

    • Cassidy May 25, 2013 at 10:10 pm - Reply

      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 :)

  4. Kym Munro July 17, 2013 at 6:30 am - Reply

    Hi Naomi – are you able to share your contact details in Oz? I am looking for a supplier!

  5. Ms. SpoolTeacher October 6, 2013 at 8:57 am - Reply

    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.

    • Cassidy October 7, 2013 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

  6. Gail November 14, 2013 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    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.

    • Cassidy November 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much! I’m sure yours will be great!

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  8. P.J. January 21, 2014 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    I made my wreath about ten days ago, and it’s still wet from soaking. How long did it take for your wreath to dry?

    • Cassidy January 22, 2014 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      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.

  9. Marcy April 15, 2014 at 7:49 am - Reply

    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?

    • Cassidy Tuttle April 16, 2014 at 9:47 pm - Reply

      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.

  10. Jane August 31, 2014 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    This is beautiful. How do you keep the wreath looking good after it has grown for a couple of months?

    • Cassidy Tuttle September 1, 2014 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      You can trim and replant it if it starts to get too “leggy”. I have a post coming on how to do this soon!

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