How to Make a Succulent Wreath

Getting Started

DIY succulent wreath
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Wreaths look great hanging on your front door or inside your house, the only problem is that living wreaths don't last forever and sometimes dried wreaths can look really seasonal. Enter this minimal succulent wreath design. Not only is it an evergreen piece of decor, but you won't have to worry about keeping real plants alive either. Living succulents are honestly hard enough to keep alive in regular soil, so forget what a vertical garden situation would be like. Thanks to specialty retailers, it's easy to get succulents that look like the real deal, too. Here's how we made ours.

Gather Your Supplies

Supplies for a faux succulent wreath
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One of the most important tips we can give for this project is to choose your faux succulents wisely. You'll want to pick out a variety of sizes and shapes, but you'll want to pay attention to their unique coloring as well. Make sure the "plants" you choose work well together. Otherwise, here's what you'll need:

  • Faux succulents 
  • Wood embroidery hoop
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wire cutter
  • Wire

While this version is very minimal, you can add whatever additional details you think would look good, like ribbon.

Prep Your Succulents

Prep succulents
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Depending on where you get your succulents, there might be a little bit of prep work that needs to be done before they're ready to attach to the embroidery hoop. Just check that all of the tags, plastic, etc. is removed. You'll also want to cut down the wires or stems on each succulent. The purpose of this is to ensure that the sides of each succulent look great when they're affixed to the wreath. You don't want any strange pieces or wires sticking out!

Plan Out the Design

Planning succulent wreath design
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Many people don't discuss this fact, but the key to a successful project is careful planning. Take a look at other inspiration images on Pinterest and figure out what looks good to you. Then take a look at the succulents you've purchased and figure out how you want them grouped together and where you want them placed on the wreath. This rule applies no matter what your wreath base is too. Before you even think about touching your hot glue gun, you want to roughly know where everything will end up.

Hot Glue It Together

A hand placing a fake succulent on a wreath
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Depending on how you want to organize the succulents on the hoop, you might want to create clusters of them. Use a piece of wire and wind it around the base of the succulents you want to group together, then simply twist those wires together. As a note, you'll want your hot glue gun set on the lowest setting since your fingers may come slightly in contact with the glue when you're affixing the decorations. Start by hot gluing any clusters on first, then place the individual succulents around them. Keep gluing until you're satisfied with the results. 

Finish and Hang It Up

Faux succulent wreath on a white wall
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Once you've finished gluing, find a space around your home to hang it. One of the best parts of using fake plants is you can place them in a room with little to no sunlight and not have an issue. It can help bring a bit of greenery into the darkest little corners! How easy was that?