Back at it again! You guys know how much I like to decorate and I feel like one of the absolute best statements you can make about your home comes from what you place on your front door. It's a warm welcome to those walking up to your house, it sets your home apart from the rest, AND it gives people walking by a little hint of who you are. Get rid of your boring doors this spring/summer and spruce it up with this adorable DIY succulent wreath!
Approximate Cost: $25.00
How Long Does it Take? About 2 hours (get this done during your child's nap!)
What You'll Need:
From the dollar store:
- A floral wreath frame, about 16 inches - you'll see me using a wire frame but make it easier on yourself and use a Styrofoam one instead!
- Floral moss, 1 bag
- 15-20 Plastic succulent plants
- Rope - finger thickness looks best!
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Sturdy wire for hanging
Ready to Create? Here we go!
(After making this succulent wreath I wished I had made it easy on myself and used a Styrofoam frame. Don't be afraid to go this route - our tutorial will still walk you through everything!)
Start by taking the tags off of your succulent plants and poking them into your floral frame. I suggest placing a small grouping of 3-4 plants at one time and then gluing them into place. Be sure to create a blending opportunity for the next bundle of plants to join by using a cascading succulent on the edge of your bundle or by placing a larger succulent a little off center on the wreath which will allow another plant to nicely nestle in.
With Styrofoam be sure to poke your hole, fill it with glue, poke your succulent back through the hole, and then use hot glue to secure the base of your plant to the flat surface of the wreath frame.
Those of you using a wire frame will need to wrap and glue the stems around it as well as glue some of the plants to each other for added security.
Continue this process until you have about 1/3 of your wreath covered in succulents.
Fill in the gaps that your succulents couldn't cover with your floral moss. Be very careful when doing this as the hot glue may easily burn you through the thin moss. To prevent burns we recommend using a wet Popsicle stick for pressing the moss into place.
After you have completed the mossing, gently tap your wreath outside or over a trash can to get rid of the excess moss. If this process leaves uncovered spaces, now is the time to go back and fill those in.
WIRE WREATH OPTION: I traced my wreath onto a chunk of cardboard and cut it out before gluing it to the back of my wire frame. I felt that this helped create a sturdier base for the next step, rope wrapping. Feel free to skip this step if you don't think it will help your project!
Take your rope and secure it into the back side of your frame by heavily gluing it in place behind your succulent section. Begin wrapping this rope tightly against your plants and around your wreath frame, securing it with glue as often as you can. Continue this process until you have reached the other side of your succulent section and secure the rope as well as you did when you began.
For those of you using a Styrofoam frame, glue your rope to both the frame and to itself.
When using a wire frame, be sure to always glue one loop of rope to the next and whenever possible glue the interior as well.
Once you have completed the roping process fill in any gaps between your rope with a little hot glue - this will help lighten up those dark gaps and while it may look a little "crafty" up close, from a distance you won't even see it! Try filling in gaps with moss for some extra rustic flare!
Now we want a way to hang it...Begin wrapping the wire around one section of your wreath 3-4 times - on the last time around, leave a large loop that will act like a hanger.