I'm a huge fan of flower crowns, but as a succulent lover, I've been dreaming of making a succulent crown for ages! After struggling to find a "DIY Succulent Crown" tutorial online, I decided to just do it myself. Naturally, I asked my mom to help me figure it out since she has experience working with succulents and wires. (See My Sister's Succulent Wedding.) I went through my garden and chose some plants that I thought would work before heading over to my mom's. If you read my mom's Garden Tour post you know she has a wonderful variety of plants, so I ended up using some of hers as well. After choosing the perfect plants, we gathered our supplies, made some iced coffee, and began our project.
supplies you will need:
thick floral wire
thin floral wire
Use your thicker floral wire to create a circle that fits around your head where you want your crown to sit. Attach the wires by twisting the ends together and then wrap the circle in floral tape.
After cutting the stems of your plants short with your scissors, insert your thin wire into the stem of each plant.
Bend the wire.
Wrap the stem with the end of the wire to strengthen it and secure it to the wire. Because succulents bruise and scar easily, you will want to be careful not to handle them too roughly during this process.
Chose a plant to start with. Place it on the wire circle where you want it and wrap its wire around the circle. You can use your pliers to squeeze the wires tightly together and to pinch down the ends.
Continue choosing plants, placing them on the wire where you like until your circle is full of beautiful plants. I decided to only do the front half of my crown, but you can do the full thing if you want. Since I had exposed wires, I wrapped the back half in floral tape once more.
Note: Unlike flowers, some succulent leaves can snap off very easily, so be really careful during this process.
I couldn't be happier with the way my succulent crown turned out! I'm guessing it will last about a month. (Maybe longer!) Once the plants start to wither or root I will take it apart and plant them back in soil so that they can continue to grow.
Portrait photography by Tayia Mares. (My amazingly talented little sis!) You can find more of her photos at Tayia Rae Photography.