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



  1. Diane April 6, 2015 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    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.

    • Cassidy Tuttle April 6, 2015 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      I used a variety of colors, but you could also do just green succulents in a variety of textures and shapes.

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  3. Debbie Wright May 23, 2015 at 12:33 am - Reply

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

  4. Courtney May 30, 2015 at 1:58 am - Reply

    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?

    • Cassidy Tuttle May 30, 2015 at 7:10 am - Reply

      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!

  5. chris September 16, 2015 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    I received my wreaths from you but was wondering what the metal “feet” are for?


    • Cassidy Tuttle October 1, 2015 at 12:25 pm - Reply

      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.

  6. Libby November 2, 2015 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    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?

    • Cassidy Tuttle November 2, 2015 at 10:27 pm - Reply

      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.

  7. stephanie January 24, 2016 at 9:38 am - Reply

    When placing the pins, they are not put through the plant itself, correct? They just kind of go around it to hold in it place not actually piercing the stem?

    • Cassidy Tuttle January 25, 2016 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      Either way works. I usually go through the stem as it seems to hold it in place better. I have only lost one or two cuttings this way, but if it makes you nervous, going around the stem works as well.

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  10. Jeanne August 13, 2016 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Is there a right time of year to make succulent wreaths?

    • Cassidy Tuttle August 18, 2016 at 3:47 pm - Reply

      Generally spring is best. However, as long as you keep the wreath in a temperate climate (60-80 degrees) you can plant any time of year. I’ve done several over the summer. I made one in the fall but left it out in the cold too long and it didn’t make it.

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