After one whole year of mindless pinning, I finally did it. There’s been the occasional teacher idea and before the wedding, I definitely stored some of my ideas on a pinboard. Yet, overall, my relationship with Pinterest has been little more than another time-consuming, social media sinkhole. I’ve never even recreated a recipe from my massive pit of pins.
Enter my recent house project. A wreath. I always made a pine wreath with my mom at her house for the holidays. We’d walk her street, picking up pine cones, berries, and all sorts of different pines. The, I’d pick out a ribbon that my mom would use to make me a big, beautiful bow. Well, our little Misha can’t handle pine needles with her asthma so there will be no more pine wreaths in this house for the holidays. I’ve found several adorable wreaths on Pinterest but it wasn’t until I found this beauty that I loved one enough to make it myself. So, using this $98, 13” living succulent wreath from VivaTerra as my inspiration, I went to work.
First, I trimmed my succulents with scissors. They need to be left to dry and form a callous before they will re-root in the wreath. I left mine out on a baking sheet.
They are so beautiful. What isn’t to love about succulents? They are proof that nature provides us with the best shades and hues we could ever ask for.
So I left them out for 5 days to let the ends callous over. They were calloused within 48 hours, but I chose to order a pre-stuffed moss wreath and had to wait for it to come in the mail. The ends of the succulents look like a scab when they are ready.
I bought my moss wreath from Topiary Art Works. My inspiration wreath was only 13” and I wanted a 19” wreath, and I didn’t want to worry about stuffing my wreath with moss myself. When my wreath arrived, it was stuffed nice and plump with sphagnum moss. I soaked mine in the bathtub to get it ready to hold my succulents. It weighed a ton when I took it out.
Using the patio table as a workspace, with an old towel underneath to keep the mess to a minimum, I tried to map out my next moves. Figuring out where everything was going to go was the smartest move of the entire project. However, the petals of my succulents were very delicate, so once I had an idea of where they would be planted, I didn’t touch them again.
Each succulent needed to be planted. I used a pair of scissors, and dug through the moss, making a tiny hole for the stem to rest.
I worked my way carefully around the wreath, planting each succulent into the moss. This is when I truly appreciated purchasing my wreath pre-stuffed with moss. They stuffed that sucker tight, making it easy to secure the stems. If you choose to stuff your own wreath frame, make sure to overstuff with moss because that tight, thick environment makes it a lot easier to plant!
After a little bit of patience, I had the basis for my wreath. I took wire and secured each succulent, wrapping it tightly around the sides of the moss. This is important because it will be awhile before the succulents reroot into the moss and without roots, well, they’d fall off. I lost a few petals doing this. I’d compare it to being a surgeon and I just don’t have the dexterity to be in the operation room.
The end result was completely worth the patience and concentration. I’m very happy with the way it turned out. You see a lot of moss because the succulents should grow into the wreath. I’m keeping it flat for another 24 hours before hanging it on the door.
Voilà! My living wreath! The wire is thin enough that you can’t see it unless you are looking for it. Maintenance is rather simple- a few squirts of water occasionally and watch it grow! Here you can see how it turned out on the front door!
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