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Spring is the season of new growth. Every time this year I find myself walking through plant nurseries in search of the perfect pop of greenery to add to my home. This year I felt the need to go a bit further and test out my skills with a DIY succulent wreath.
After the holidays are over, I take down the festive wreath on my door and replace it with a simple grapevine wreath. Once the cold is over, I decided our door needed a little something more than a boring grapevine wreath. I wanted something welcoming and cheery. I looked at several home decor websites in search of something I could purchase and I found a faux succulent wreath that spoke to me. This particular one was pretty pricey and I couldn’t see myself spending $100 on something to adorn our door for just a few months so I started researching faux succulent wreaths and come to find out the ones that looked real were all pretty expensive. Then it dawned on me, what am I doing I could totally make this! I went to my local craft stores and started pricing out faux succulents which quickly added up to about the same as the wreath I originally looked at and didn’t really give the look I wanted after all.
I almost gave up until a friend of mine told me she had ordered a ton of air plants online. I was intrigued so I went over to one of my favorite sites, Etsy and searched for succulents. I found a great shop here, that was selling 50 succulent cuttings for a very reasonable price. I was a little hesitant to order plants on the internet at first just because I wasn’t sure what the outcome would be, but I have to say I was impressed with this company. They came in quickly and they were just as beautiful as they were in the photos. I also went to Home Depot and hand-selected a few larger succulents along with a few smaller ones that varied in shape and color. I can’t give an exact number on how many succulents it will take to cover the wreath as all plants are naturally different but I did purchase about 10 more after the shipment of 50 cuttings. I had a few succulents left over but that was ok, I just added them to other planters in my home.
The wreath frame I purchased was from Amazon. It is a 13″ sphagnum moss living wreath and it came with 50 free florist pins to secure the succulents which you can find here. Another thing I loved about this wreath frame was that it came with a metal chain attached for hanging. That was super important as I knew that the wreath would be very heavy and I didn’t want to risk it falling and damaging the succulents.
Ok now for the how-to part! First, soak the wreath in water for 20-30 minutes. Use a shallow container or a bathtub if you don’t have one and fill it until the wreath is submerged in the water. Allow the wreath to drain. I left mine to drain in our guest bathtub for about two days. When I was ready to start building the wreath the frame was still wet but not soaking which allowed me to work without it being a soggy mess. I used a piece of poster board to work on for easy clean-up purposes.
When planning my design, I kept in mind that I wanted to arrange the different sizes all around the wreath. However it does not have to be done this way, you could keep all the larger sized plants at the bottom or top for a different look.*Note if you decide that you don’t like where you have placed a succulent, simply take it out and start over. Spread the plants around your wreath to see what you’ve got to work with. Take a screwdriver and puncture a hole in the wreath then place the end of the succulent in the hole and carefully secure it at the base with a florist pin. Continue to do this until you have completely covered the top, bottom, and sides of the wreath. When adding the plants I had purchased at Home Depot I shook the dirt off of the roots and even trimmed some of them to make sure they would fit into the hole.
After the wreath has been covered with succulents, I added a little moss in between the plants covering any empty spaces. You can find the moss I used here or at any of your local craft stores. That’s it! Give yourself a pat on the back, you now have a fabulous wreath adorning your door for months to come! Be sure to keep it in a shaded or partial sun area and give it a spritz of water every now and again. Also, depending on the sun exposure and the weather, soak the base of the wreath in water for about 15 minutes 1-2 times a month.
Another great way to display your creation would be to use it as a tabletop centerpiece of an outdoor gathering. Once the succulents have outgrown the form, you can always break it apart and start a new wreath or place them in planters.
I hope you enjoyed this post and share it with friends! Please let me know if you how your wreath turned out in the comments below and if you would like more DIY posts in the future!
Cheers- Ashley Nicole