Simple Definition of succulent : full of juice. of plants : having thick, heavy leaves or stems that store water. That is the same as telling us that delicious cake is fat-free, you can’t loose! They are love at first sight! Picture perfect, a million varieties and colors with endless possibilities. So with Summer wrapping up, crazy school schedules and fall, why not kick it off with this cool project? Home decor in full effect.
When we stumbled on, “Succulents are for Sharing” on IG, we knew we hit the creative jackpot! Megan, is one amazingly talented Mama. We invited her to the Stems Blog to share her tips+tricks on making a living wreath. Perfect accent decor and a fabulous gift! We are so excited to share her and her succulent filled world with you!
Megan’s succulent obsession started over four years ago, after seeing a Living Succulent Wreath on Pinterest and thought, ” I want to learn how to make one too”. After pouring over the Internet and You-Tube for every “how-to”, she made her first wreath. It was beautiful and brought so much joy for many years! Succulents are plants that are meant to be shared…doing so is as easy as taking a cutting from one of your plants and sharing it with a friend. One of the best things about a Living Succulent Wreath is that any cuttings you receive can be added to your wreath. Think of them as a tiny succulent garden, full of color and variety.
Let’s get started. There are just five easy-to-follow steps for creating your own Living Succulent Wreath.
STEP #1: Gather succulent plants – either rooted or cuttings both work for this project. If you are using cuttings, it’s best to let the tips of the plants callous over for a day before inserting them into your wreath. Choose plants that are either contrasting or monochromatic for a more cohesive look.
STEP #2: Make or purchase a sphagnum moss wreath. (Kits are sold on the website www.sharesucculents.com ) or you can purchase just wreaths at places such as www.topiaryartworks.com). Take your dry wreath and completely submerge it in water until it is entirely soaked through (about 15 minutes). It should be heavy and easier to work with now that it’s been soaked.
STEP #3: Lay the wreath on a table on the metal feet (for pre-made types). Be sure the hanging ring is at the top.
Gently start to arrange your succulent cuttings around the wreath by gently placing them on top for placement. Make tight groupings instead of just singular pieces scattered around.
STEP #4: Using a chopstick, pencil or screwdriver, make a large hole in the sphagnum moss wreath and insert your cutting into the hole. Greening pins or loose sphagnum moss can be tucked into the hole so that your cutting has a tighter fit (those items are sold at places like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby). Start with your larger succulent pieces and then, fill in with smaller cuttings and sedum fillers.
STEP #5: Lay your completed wreath in an outdoor space that gets morning sun flat for 3-4 weeks to root. Once the plants have rooted, it can be hung up or used as a table centerpiece. Your Living Succulent Wreath will need regular sunshine. When your wreath feels light and dry, submerge it again in a few inches of water so that the water seeps up toward the roots.
Over the months/years as your wreath grows, you can trim pieces and stick them back in your wreath to regrow. View hashtag #sharemywreath to see succulent wreaths created by others!
Boom, hang this beautiful piece up and enjoy!
Don’t forget to share #sharesucculents and follow@succulents_are_for_sharing
You can attend a local workshop, host a party, or order a custom piece. Clink on the link for more fun and inspo. Succulents are for Sharing
Thank you to my favorite girl, Julie of Jones Co. Photography for taking these gorgeous shots for us! And a huge thank you to https://www.instagram.com/adayinthelifedesigns/ for hosting! If you have not been to this local treasure, you are missing out! No worries, we have the scoop for you and all their wonders on the next blog!