‘Tis the season.
Actually, a living wreath is season-agnostic, me thinks.
So yeah, the holidays are here and I totally get the excitement one can feel for snazzifying one’s abode during this time of the year. Against my better hoarding instincts, I tend to err on the side of minimalism but I do enjoy festive sprays of greens around the house. (Check this post about DIY Paper Lanterns out of Furniture Catalogue)
And what better way to validate my succulent hoarding habits than to actually put them to use!
Oh it’s beyond out of control.
But the wreath? The wreath is easy.
1. Cut your clippings. You might need to pull off some leaves around the stems to allow them to burrow into the wreath body, but you know those little suckers will likely sprout offspring, because that’s how succulents roll.
You’ll need a lot of them. I arranged mine into a faux wreath to determine the volume.
Sing with me: “I fell into a blooming ring of cacti” That’s how the song went. Johnny Cash isn’t around anymore so he can’t argue…
2. Get some moss. The long fibered kind.
I bought mine from my favorite hardware store ever, Cole Hardware. It was $6 for the bag, which contains 432 cubic inches, enough to create a moss universe. Cole Hardware is awesome because their window displays are divine. Check this out:
Back to the wreath…
3. Soak about 1/3 of the bag in water for a few minutes. Get out your wreath frame. I saved mine from an evergreen wreath we bought last year, but the frames are cheap and can be found everywhere.
4. Start bunching gobs of moss together and arranging them on the frame. The more moss you use and the tighter you pack your moss, the better it’ll be for your clippings to hold together.
Warning: the next four photos suck because I have to do this after work hours and it gets SO dark SO early these days. Apologies…
5. Secure the moss by wrapping floral tape around and around until you come full circle. Warning: it gets VERY
Told ya the photos were bad. Sawwy.
6. Start shoving and pushing your clippings into the moss. You can use a chopstick to make holes for the stems.
7. Secure the stems in place with about 4 inch long pieces of wire bent in half.
8. Keep going until you come full circle.
9. Lay your wreath flat for a couple of days to let the moss dry out and stick together.
10. Hang your wreath and feel like a BOSS for creating such a masterpiece each time you look at it.
If that doesn’t get you hot for the holidays, I’m not sure what will.
Ho ho ho.