Make a Beautiful Succulent Wreath for your Home
Although I’m not a craft blogger, I love to do fun and different things with plants occasionally. I was at the nursery a couple of weeks ago and saw these lovely little succulents and thought, “what can I do with them?” For whatever reason, I immediately thought of doing a succulent wreath.
However, mine is a little different than many you’ve seen because I put the succulents into pots right on the wreath. It will make care of the wreath a bit easier, I think, as the succulents will continue to grow in the soil and won’t be as exposed to the elements.
Let’s dive right in, shall we?
Materials You’ll Need
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- Wreath form (metal or grapevine)- the metal one I used is here, and you can find a grapevine wreath here
- Seven 2 1/2″ terra cotta pots
- Seven small succulent plants (2″ or 2 1/2″)- If you don’t have a source for succulents, here’s an entire page of different ones for you to choose from
- One bag sheet moss
- Craft wire (covered or bare)- This is similar to what I used
- Wire cutters
- Hot glue gun & glue sticks
- Ribbon or premade bow (optional)
I used a 24″ metal wreath form, but I believe a grapevine wreath would work as well. In fact, a grapevine wreath might make it easier to attach the pots, because as you’ll see in a minute, I had a little trouble with that step.
For glue, you can certainly use hot glue, as I did, but another option would be to use the glue I referenced in my blog post here. This is an outdoor glue that might hold up better to the elements, depending on where you’re planning to hang your wreath.
I probably would have used the outdoor glue if I had had some on hand as I’m a bit of a hot glue nitwit. I ended up with hot glue EVERYWHERE when making this. You should have seen the hot glue strings……
Step 1: Placement of the pots
I placed the pots around the wreath to get a feel for where I wanted them to be. Of course, they have to be removed in order to attach each individual pot, so snapping a quick picture for reference when you have them where you want them isn’t a bad idea.
Step 2: Wrap wire around pots & glue
Cut the wire to a length of approximately 14″. This is long enough to give you some leeway without being so long that it’s hard to work with.
As shown in the picture, wrap the wire just below the lip of the pot and twist it as tightly as you can in the back.
It’s almost impossible to get the wire tight enough so the pot doesn’t slip, so put a good-sized dot of glue on the back of the pot and over the wire to hold it in place. Repeat for all your pots. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Step 3: Attach pots one at a time to the wreath
You’ll want to add your pots one at a time to the wreath, checking that you’re comfortable with their placement. Wrap the loose ends of the wire around to the back of the wreath and twist tightly.
Then, again, glue the pot to the wreath, and add some glue to the twists in your wire, as well as anywhere you feel necessary to make it secure. Allow each pot to dry before moving on to the next or you might dislodge the preceding pot.
I had a bit of trouble getting the pots attached securely in this step. The secret is to use as much glue as you need to (because it’s not going to show when you’re done anyway), and allow it to dry THOROUGHLY before you move on to the next pot.
As you can see from the picture, the back of the wreath isn’t pretty, but that’s ok, no one will see it.
You can clip the loose ends of the wire with the wire cutters after everything is completely dry.
Step 4: Attach sheet moss to wreath
If you haven’t already, protect your work surface before attacking this step. Sheet moss is MESSY! I had some craft paper hubby brought home from work, but even old newspapers will do the trick.
Pull your sheet moss out of the bag. It’s best to work with pieces the width of your wreath and maybe 6 inches long, particularly if you’re using hot glue, as you don’t want your glue to dry before you get it all applied.
Pro tip: As I learned from experience, DO NOT apply the hot glue to the sheet moss! You’ll end up with a terrible mess and a mossy glue gun. Apply the glue directly to the wreath, then press the moss onto the hot glue.
Cover the whole wreath with moss. You can always go back afterwards and fill in any thin spots as well, although you’ll have to be careful not to get tons of moss stuck to your gun at that point. It’s challenging, but can be done if you’re careful.
Step 5: Add plants
Up to this point, you’ve been working on your wreath while it’s laying down. Now, however, you’ll need to hang it up somewhere. I would suggest outside, as this step can be messy. If needed, you can make a hanger from the wire you used in step 3, although I was able to hang the wreath on a nail without a separate hanger.
Simply take your plants from their old pots and plant them in the pots on the wreath. If needed, add some extra soil to fill the pots, then water them thoroughly.
Step 6: Add bow or ribbon (optional)
Don’t tell my mother-in-law, but the bow I used for this project fell off of a wreath she gave me. I love the wreath itself but decided it didn’t really need the bow.
Since I never throw anything away, I still had the bow when I went to make this wreath, and decided it would be a nice addition.
And that’s it! Assuming you’re not a hot glue nitwit like me, this little project shouldn’t take you more than 1-2 hours to complete. I would suggest hanging it in a somewhat protected area outside, especially if you use hot glue and not outdoor glue.
Placement of your Wreath
Mine is hanging on my covered front porch where it shouldn’t get any hard rain and will only get direct sun for a few hours in the morning. As the pots are quite small, any more sun than this would seriously dry them out, and you’d be watering 2 or 3 times a day!
You can certainly hang your wreath indoors, but you’ll have to water it outside or in the bathtub, as the water will run freely out of the pots.
What if I don’t like Succulents?
Let’s say you’re not a big fan of succulents. There are so many “fairy garden” plants out there, I’m sure you can find some plants you’ll love to include.
Sweet alyssum is a lovely small flowering plant that comes in white and various shades of pink. This would make a beautiful wreath, especially if you intermix the alyssum with some tiny maidenhair ferns.
Pro tip: Should you decide to use ferns, be certain to keep your wreath somewhat shaded and be VERY CAREFUL to keep it watered. Ferns don’t like to dry out!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my post and that I’ve inspired you to make a wreath. If you do, I’d love for you to email me with a pic and I’ll be sure to add it here as inspiration for my other readers.
Below, you’ll find some pinnable images. Be sure to pin this to your arts & crafts board so you can find it later when you’re ready to make your own wreath.
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