This succulent wreath is becoming a bit of a tradition of mine. Though I love the old-fashioned twig wreaths too (some of my earliest Christmas memories are of traipsing around behind my mum as we collected suitably spindly vines and twigs and worked them into a circular shape), here in Australia, a wreath like this will last a good month*. And the best thing is, it’s a pretty inexpensive way to give a really gorgeous and unique festive accent.
First of all, you need to source the wreath base. I get mine from a local florist and they’re between $14 and $20, depending on size. A word to the wise – they get HEAVY so while you might like the idea of doing an enormous one, bear in mind the hanging support you have for it first.
Lay the wreath, foam side down, in a tub of water until it’s nicely saturated. Fasten a ribbon around the top and make sure it’s really well tied. Hang it up somewhere to decorate. (NB this matters! Last year I did mine lying down and when I lifted it up, the balance was wrong and a heap of pieces fell out.)
Gather your greens and dig them in. I’ve used succulents here but last year I was in the UK and my nephews, children and I recreated this with holly, ivy, and other locally scavenged pieces. There is limited space in the foam so you don’t want to crowd the stems. Also, the foam does damage so you don’t get to keep re-doing this stage. I cut the stalks on an angle to give them a little sharpness as I push them in.
Getting there! Fill it out with big offerings then …
Add some frizzy, frivolous smaller pieces to make it look a little wilder (this is just a personal thing, of course!).
Don’t forget the sides, which will be visible. But at the same time, leave a few hints of foam visible – I’ll get to that in a second.
The finished product – a very Merry Christmas wreath. Below – you can see that I added fairy lights. I love them.
This is last year’s wreath … it was completely different but equally lovely, and so fun to assemble with some of my favourite small people in the world. ❤️
*Wreaths will still need a bit of TLC. I spritz mine every couple of days, or daily if in a heatwave (see below!). Aim for the flowers but also for the foam, as it will absorb and nourish. These wreaths can be laid on the table top on Christmas day, used as a centrepiece for a candle, or kept up on the wall as a nice background to your festivities. After Christmas, you can pull the succulents out and pot them up – they should have a few fine roots and be ready to go.