I’ve been gardening for a few years now and compared to other people I still…
The first part of the quarantine did a NUMBER on my mental health. I had too much free time, not enough free time, too much home time, and not enough motivation ALL AT THE SAME TIME! lol So…I did what any self respecting person would do when they’re bored…make a succulent wreath.
Ok, maybe not everyone decides to make a living wreath with their spare time but what I wanted to do was find a project that could also serve as a means to keep my mind and my hands busy and of course something that I could show to you guys.
The only thing about a project like this is that it DOES require some preparation in advance. First I had to purchase the wreath itself. I purchased the sphagnum moss wreath form from this store. I’m sure there are other stores you can purchase- but this is where I got mine. Also they also come with the pins which you absolutely will need to pin the succulents to the wreath.
I purchased 60 cuttings from a store that sold succulent cuttings: The Succulent Source to me was great because you could just order the cuttings. Let me be VERY CLEAR: YOU CANNOT SPECIFY WHAT YOU GET IN YOUR CUTTINGS. I say that because I feel in my spirit someone wants to be all ‘I want this type’ of succulent, lol. The wreath is random and unique. It’s the uniqueness of the succulents that add to the beauty of the wreath. I did “spring” for one large Succulent because I did want at least one statement piece.
I did choose the 10inch round wreath. Which I am grateful for. I don’t really think I would’ve wanted a larger wreath because well…the larger the wreath the more cuttings and this project was already getting expensive enough. I selected 60 cuttings and one statement piece. Those were quite enough cuttings to serve the purpose of the wreath which you will see once you watch the full video of me creating the wreath.
After I created the wreath, I did “sit it up” for about a week so the succulents could get used to the gravity. It was an adjustment and I saw which succulents weren’t in the wreath and had to be pinned again. I really wish I had pinned each and every succulent- but that was definitely a lesson to be learned.
Also, while pinning the succulents really make sure you PIN them. Don’t put the pin through the actual leaf but the goal is to pin the root to the wreath to establish the root system. That wasn’t really explained in a lot of the posts I saw- so I’m sharing it here.
My husband and I completed the task together. It’s for sure a one person task but I will freely admit it helped having a second set of hands and a second pair of eyes. He was really good about making sure I wasn’t getting one style too heavy on the left or the right. As you’re making the wreath make sure you step back and look at it to look at it from a far.
Now, I’ve had my wreath for about 2 months (yes this content is delayed- judge your ma!)! And I love it. I have lost a few to the game but that has more to do with me not knowing how to properly care for succulents as opposed to the wreath itself. It’s a wonderful statement piece on my porch and it got me into succulents in general. I actually think I’m going to start gifting these as housewarming presents or bridal shower presents. They are so cute and personal. I do intend to keep my succulents outside through the summer and then transition them in the house.
From what I hear this wreath can last for YEARS (yes YEARS)! So while it’s a little more pricey than a fake wreath- it’s worth it to me. Plus you can look at your wreath and say I DID THAT!
I lay out the steps below.
Steps to Making your Own Succulent Wreath
Allow your wreath to soak up the water like a sponge.
When you receive your cuttings lay them out – place them apart and allow the roots to air out and harden.
It helps to lay out your succulents approximately how you may want them to be, it give you an idea of how you’re going to put them on the wreath. It may change but at least you have an idea.
If you make your own DIY wreath make sure you tag me and post #WCPtaughtme as your hashtag. I can’t wait to see your wreaths!