DIY: Simple & Stunning Living Succulent Wreath

This succulent wreath is so easy & inexpensive, and it stays alive all year round! I saw a gorg version on the cover of the new Viva Terra catalog and I knew I had to make one, cause I don’t have $100 to spend on a plant.

My house is filled with succulents, one of the many bonuses of being a BFF of a fabulous succulent designer. She taught me that you can just chop off a bit of a living succulent and it will grow into a new plant! So that’s what I did, clipped from living plants (I might have taken a few from a local park, if it doesn’t kill the plant that’s not stealing right?), and arranged into this living wreath.

Total cost was about $10 and once the cuttings were dry, the assembly of the wreath took one nap time (an hour and a half). I really hope you like this and give it a try.

Learn How to Make A Living Succulent Wreath after the jump…

How to Make A Living Succulent Wreath

Materials you will need to make a succulent wreath:
-A wreath frame. This one was a 12″ wire frame in green for $4.89.
Sphagnum moss. This cost $8 and was enough for several wreaths.
-Floral wire or plain old fishing wire (I used fishing wire)
-Floral pins or just paperclips or bobby pins that you bend (I used bobby pins)
Rooting hormone (not required but definitely helps)
-Succulent clippings (you could buy succulents, but why?)

Notes in response to a few questions in the comments: yes, the wreath is alive and will continue to grow.  To keep it healthy, just spritz it with a spray bottle of water occasionally and make sure it gets some sun.  The easiest way to kill a succulent is too much water, but you won’t have that problem with the great drainage the wreath provides.

Succulent Wreath Instructions:
First we cut some clippings from living succulents. I clipped from the arrangement in my living room:

On my dining table (yes, that’s the Bias Tape Table Runner again):

From the front yard:

And from the back porch:

To clip, just grab a branch or a stem and cut. You can even regrow a succulent just from one leaf, but that will take longer so your wreath won’t look as full right away. It is pretty to have some “flower” looking succulents on your wreath, so on many I just cut right off the top.

This is after I cut several stems off. The plant doesn’t look any worse for the wear, right? So cut away!

I threw all of my clippings into a bag as I gathered them:

Ohhhh, they’re so pretty.

Now take them out and lay them somewhere for a few days. The end of the stem where you cut will be moist right after you cut. So you want to let them sit somewhere to dry until a dry scab forms on the bottom. Depending on the air where you live and the plant this could take 2-7 days. This will not kill the plant. This is setting it up to grow again!

Some of your clippings will have leaves all the way down to the end like this:

That is going to make it hard to plant the clippings, so go ahead and remove some of the leaves closer to the end:

Take those leaves and stick them wet-side-down into soil, they will grow into new plants eventually!

OK, we waited and now our clippings have scabs, the ends are dry.

Time to assemble our wreath!

So get out your wreath frame and spaghnum moss. Moisten the moss in a bowl or bucket for 5-10 minutes until it is fully wet.

Now stuff that wreath frame full of moss really tight from the back.

Now use floral wire or plain old fishing wire to wrap the frame and moss, just to make sure it holds.

Now turn your frame over. See how you can still see the frame on the front?

Add another layer of moss to cover and wrap with fishing line again. You can’t even see the fishing line when you’re done:

Now we are ready to start our succulent-designing! Start with the bigger clippings, the more unusual clippings that you only have one or two of. Make a hole in the moss with a pencil or stick or something pointy:

There’s the hole:

Dip your succulent in rooting hormone. You don’t HAVE to use rooting hormone, but it does help the cutting take root in your wreath:

If your succulent has a short stem or doesn’t feel fully secure, you’ll need to secure it in place in order to hang your wreath. I used bobby pins, you could also use floral pins or a bent paperclip. So just bend it a bit:

You don’t want to pierce the succulent, you want to go around it to hold it in place. You could actually skip using any attachment at all, but then you will have to leave your wreath laying flat until the roots start growing on your clippings, which will take 3-6 months. So slip the bobby pin around the stem. You won’t even notice it:

Putting groupings of the same plant next to each other looks nice, at least 3 or 4.

You really can’t go wrong with how you arrange succulents. There are some pretty ones that are green with red tips (no idea what they are called sorry), if you had a lot of those, that would make a gorgeous christmas wreath:

As you plant your clippings, leave a little room for them to grow, don’t pack them in too tight. In a year your wreath will be much fuller than it is now, so keep that in mind. Make sure to stand it up every now and then to get a feel for how it looks when hanging. So keep adding:

Until you feel like it’s done!

So if you used pins, you can let it dry a bit, then go hang that baby! Or you can set it in the center of your dining table, or outside somewhere. It’s so versatile and so beautiful and you made that thing yourself! You go girl!



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I want to thank you for your article- I bought a planted wreath like this at a garden center that has since closed – and I have killed all the plants and washed out most of the soil – I have been trying for a few summers to replicate my original wonderful planted wreath – Thank you for your guidance!

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I think we might be soul sisters hehe. I’m always picking up succulent droppings it’s not stealing if they are already on the ground.


Living in California, I’ve become a huge fan of succulents. Originally saw this idea at the San Diego Safari Park and couldn’t wait to figure out how to make one. Your tutorial is excellent and I was able to use clippings from my own succulent collection. Planning on making several more for gifts next Christmas season! Thank you!


Your creative presentation of a lovely idea is tarnished by the suggestion to take plants from the park:

“that’s not stealing…”

It is exactly that.



Clipping plants is not stealing. It’s not only harmless, it is beneficial for plant health. Plants need to be trimmed now and then, it helps them to stay healthy.

You don’t think your heardresser steals your hear every time to go for a haircut?

Gorgeous project Jaime. I am inspired to make this one.

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[…] If you live in a region where succulent plants are easily available you can try making a natural wreath or you can easily buy them since they don’t cost much. This wreath will last you for a very long time and the best part is that they don’t even need much of your attention. For this tutorial you will need a Wreath Frame, Sphagnum moss , Fishing wire, Bobby Pins, Rooting hormone, Different Varieties of Succulent Plants. Firstly, moisten the Sphagnum Moss in Water for 5-10 minutes until it is completely wet. Then stuff the wreath with the moss really tightly. Once you complete the entire circle, wrap the frame and moss with the fishing wire to hold the filling from falling then. Then turn your frame over and add another layer of moss and wrap it again with fishing wire. Using a pen create a hole in the wreath. You can dip the succulent plant into rooting hormone (optional) and then push the succulent plant inside it. To refrain the plant from falling, secure it with a bobby pin around the stem. Leave a little room for them to grow, don’t pack them in too tight. Once done you can hang them or use it as a centerpiece or simply use it in your patio.(source) […]


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I know you made this wreath a few years ago, but I just wanted to let you know that I’m featuring it in my Summer Wreath round-up tomorrow! (If you would rather not be featured, no biggie. Just let me know.) It’s gorgeous! I would love for my readers to know about your blog:)


Love the wreath!
Do you have a plant list for the more colorful clippings?


Yours is so much more gorgeous than the ones I see on Viva Terra! You must take very good care of your succulents for them to all look so healthy. I’m afraid I neglect mine since they are so low-maintenance, and they don’t always look so great. But, I never learn my lesson since they always bounce back from my abuse. I’ll definitely have to do a better job though, if I’m to make a similar wreath!

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