How to Make a Winter Succulent Wreath
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Wintertime can definitely bring you down........cold nights, it's getting darker sooner this time of year and you just feel like curling up under a warm blanket. I was looking for a quick DIY pick me up to get my mind off the Winter blues.
This fun succulent wreath looks just like what the doctor ordered. It's on my "DIY to do list" this weekend. Fast, fun and colorful.........I love it!
Cover your work surface with craft paper. Submerge the wreath frame in water for 30 minutes, then remove and let drain for 10 minutes. Attach florist wire to the back of the wreath frame if you plan to hang it. Take the succulents out of their containers and wipe the soil from each root system. Plan your design by arranging the succulents in a circle the same size as your wreath.
Using a screwdriver, poke a hole in the wreath, slightly spreading the netting and the sphagnum moss so the root system will fit inside. Make a fairly deep insertion, but don’t poke straight through. To enlarge the opening, snip the mesh around the hole with scissors. Insert the succulent root into the hole and squeeze the sphagnum moss of the wreath around its base.
To anchor the plants, insert a floral pin around a leaf or stem of each succulent. This will secure them, especially if you plan to hang the wreath before they are fully rooted in the frame, which takes 6-8 weeks. Continue around the entire frame until all plants are placed and then tuck Spanish moss around the succulents to fill in the wreath, hiding any exposed part of the frame.
To water, soak the entire wreath in a basin of water for about 15 minutes once a week, or whenever you feel it getting dry. Succulents will also benefit from a weekly misting. Hang your living wreath in a sunny indoor spot or display it on a sun-splashed tabletop. After the holidays, you can re pot the succulents into new arrangements and place them around your home.