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. Cathy Pearson January 26, 2017 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous but what happens when these GROW? (As they will want to do) …

    • Cassidy Tuttle January 26, 2017 at 10:44 pm - Reply

      Great question! You can cut them back and new rosettes will grow, then you can use the cuttings to make a new one or something else. Check out this post for more info.

  2. Kristina February 19, 2017 at 7:25 am - Reply

    Beautiful – does it ever need to be watered after rooted?

    • Cassidy Tuttle February 21, 2017 at 11:52 am - Reply

      Thank you :) and yes it does I would say about once a week then look at it to see if they need more or less water.

  3. Coral March 13, 2017 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Beautiful! I was inspired after your article to make one of my own then followed your link to the living wreath on Amazon and saw that it’s $36 with shipping! Yikes!!! Then the cost of the soil, sand, floral pins, succulents, and the time put in. Pretty expensive even DIY.

    • Cassidy Tuttle March 13, 2017 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      That can be true, but it will be such a beautiful turn out!

  4. Jolie April 26, 2017 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    After buying the cuttings, it might be necessary to remove leaves/petals so that you get a stem to insert. Around 2″. Is that correct?
    thanks
    jolie

    • Cassidy Tuttle May 4, 2017 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      Yes that is a good suggestion.

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  6. Sharleena Robinson June 25, 2017 at 11:58 am - Reply

    how do you back the wreath to prevent it from damaging paintwork when hung?

    • Cassidy Tuttle June 29, 2017 at 2:51 pm - Reply

      I hung mine on a metal door, so it didn’t really do much damage. However, you could use felt on the feet of the wreath form to keep it from scratching. If you apply the felt with floral glue (https://amzn.to/2iBwr9c) it shouldn’t break down over time.

  7. Isabelle Ladwig July 1, 2017 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Hi Cassidy

    Absolutely gorgeous.

    I live in Canada and have tried to make one using Semps so that I can just put it in a sheltered spot during the winter. I was working with the same general process of a wreath form and moss but like you some of the smaller “rollers” wouldn’t stay in no matter what because they take so long to root. So thank you for the great idea about using greening pins.

    Enjoy receiving your emails.
    From another succulent lover.

    • Cassidy Tuttle July 3, 2017 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your comment! It is nice to hear from other succulent lovers and I am glad the post was helpful! Best of luck with your wreath!

    • Cassidy Tuttle July 3, 2017 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your comment! It is nice to hear from other succulent lovers and I am glad the post was helpful! Best of luck with your wreath!

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