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DIY: Succulent Wreath For Christmas

Put it on display or use it as a centerpiece

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Photography: Gio Oliva

With Christmas only a few days away, we're sure you're busy wrapping up your holiday shopping and meeting up with friends. While you have already spruced up the tree and polished your decorations, you may want to put a succulent wreath on display as a final touch. Your finished project can be used to liven up the front door, an empty wall, or even a plain dining table. Get to work and be guided by the steps below:

What you need:
  • Wreath form—for this project, we used the grapevine wreath. As an alternative, you can create your own by simply forming twigs into a circle.
  • *Succulent cuttings—we used 12 cuttings for the project (Those who want to make a full wreath would need 50 to 60 cuttings.)
  • Dried moss
  • Floral wire
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

*RL Tip: Make sure the ends of your succulents have callused before using it for your wreath. It usually takes two to three days after cutting.

How-to:

1. Cover your working table with old newspaper. Begin by wrapping the moss around the wreath form. Once you're happy with the placing of the moss, glue it in place.

Depending on your desired outcome, you can cover only certain portions or cover the whole wreath form. Make sure you create a nice, thick layer of moss. Use wooden chopsticks to press the moss in place.

2. Once the glue dries, secure the moss using floral wire. For it to blend in, you may want to work with green ones. The wire can also be useful when you tuck the succulents. 

3. Pre-arrange your succulents taking into consideration the interplay of colors and textures. Place the larger ones at the bottom of the wreath, then add a few cascading succulents for visual interest. Once you've achieved the desired look, you can start gluing them onto the wreath.

4. Using a hot glue gun, apply a dab of glue to the base or stem of the succulent then stick it to the moss. Use chopsticks to hold it in place so you don't burn your fingers. Continue gluing the rest of the succulents until complete. Use moss to fill in any gaps.

5. Tie a length of ribbon (approximately 12 to 14 inches) at the top of the wreath. Leave some space if you will be hanging the wreath from the ribbon. If not, tie it into a bow.

6. Keep your wreath flat for one to two days to make sure the glue dries completely and the succulents stay in place.

Once it feels firm, you can now put it on display! For a festive touch, you can also decorate your wreath with a mix of ornaments like stars, Christmas balls, and faux berry branches. After the holidays, you can remove the ornaments and enjoy the wreath all year round.

How to Care For Your Succulent Wreath:

1. Using a spray bottle, lightly mist the moss just enough so that the succulents can still draw in water. Do not drench the moss, and be careful not to get too much water on the succulents. Do this at least twice a month.

2. After three to four weeks, you may notice that your succulents have grown roots. Gently remove these from the wreath and plant it in a separate container to allow it to grow. You can add more succulent cuttings to the wreath to keep it full.

Feeling inspired? See how it all comes together below:

Video by Gio Oliva

To learn how you can get your hands on succulents and for more plant love, follow Smarty Plants PH on Facebook and Instagram.

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