The Holidays are just around the corner and keeping in line with the sustainable Christmas theme, this year I’ve created a DIY succulent wreath.
A wreath for your front door is a Christmas must-have so ditch the plastic one and opt for an eco-friendly wreath made from natural materials.
The best part about this wreath is that it will live all year round, making a great wall hanging or table centerpiece. Then you can bring it out again next year!
Keep scrolling for how to make this (relatively) easy DIY Succulent Christmas Wreath.
You will need
A metal ring – this one is actually a 30cm plant base from Bunnings. I used pliers to cut out the middle piece to create more space in the center. You can find these at Spotlight or make one yourself using chicken wire or similar.
Thin flexible wire – I used ‘wire-pak’ from Bunnings
An assortment of succulents – as many as you need to fill the ring – use a variety of colours and species to make it
Break apart all of your succulent plants, remove any dirt from the roots and create cuttings. It’s much easier to work with smaller cutting than whole plants, the succulents will grow roots over time so you don’t need to have roots on all the plants.
Place the sphagnum moss in a shallow dish, I used a plant pot base, and slowly pour water over until it’s damp.
Break off pieces of the damp sphagnum moss and add to the ring – keeping it fairly compact. You can make this as thick or as thin as you like – but if you’re working with larger succulents 3-4cm thickness is best to help hold them in place.
Once you’ve molded the moss into the shape you’d like, take the metal wire and wrap it around the moss at 2-3cm intervals to help hold it in place. It’s easiest to do this in two parts on for each side.
Go back and check your ring to make sure it’s even in thickness, fill in any voids or thin parts with more moss.
Now the fun part, adding your succulents! I like to start with a ‘center-piece’ plant and work from there. Using a pair of scissors to poke holes in the moss to create spaces for the plants and gently add your succulents to the ring until you’re happy with how it looks. *Note – Sedum make great fillers for small gaps
You will need to leave this lying flat for at least six weeks while the succulents take hold. If you are using cuttings with no root systems at least eight weeks is needed. Keep it in a well-lit area and mist with water daily.
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Kira Simpson is an environmentalist and sustainability educator. She started The Green Hub in 2015 and has since grown to become one of Australia’s largest education platforms dedicated to helping people live a more sustainable life, talking about the big environmental issues like climate change, plastic pollution, and fast fashion – showing people how they can have an impact through their own small daily actions and how to be part of the bigger environmental movement.