Christmas wreath idea

Using succulents to make a Christmas wreath

Celebrate the festive season with natural style by using foraged berries, seeds and leaves to decorate your front door. Designer Kristy Ramage creates some gorgeous wreaths and garlands

Bang on trend and easily obtainable, a Christmas wreath made with the rich green shades of succulent plants, moss and foraged leaves  will celebrate the festive season with natural style. Below you’ll find a step-by-step guide and a list of materials needed to create the look.

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Materials 

  • 30cm wire wreath base
  • 1m x 25cm chicken wire
  • moss
  • top soil
  • blackberry leaves (especially the purple tinged ones)
  • sage leaves
  • Vinca major leaves
  • sprigs of rosemary
  • Echeveria elegans rosettes
  • Sempervivum ‘Rubin’ rosettes
  • florist’s scissors or secateurs
  • 2 x 1.8m lengths tarred twine
  • florist’s wire, stub wire (24 gauge) cut to 7cm
  • 26 x 20cm lengths yew, rosemary, ivy berries and leaves
  • 60cm x 9mm ribbon
  • 40cm x 15mm ribbon
  • 30cm length shredded raffia
Christmas wreath with succulents

How to make

  1. To make the wreath use the chicken wire to form a flat-backed doughnut shape around the wire base. Secure with stub wire. Tightly stuff the cavity with moss, carefully packing soil in beneath the top layer of moss, to give the Echeveria and Sempervivum rosettes something to grow into.
  2. Cut the individual rosettes off the succulent plants, leaving as long a stem as possible. Arrange these around the wreath and tuck each stem firmly into the layer of soil and moss. Use a 7cm length of stub wire, bent in half, to pin around each stem and secure to the base.
  3. Fill in the gaps with sprigs of blackberry, sage, rosemary and Vinca major leaves, pushing the leaf stalks into the wreath and securing with florist’s wire as necessary.
  4. For the garland, prepare approx 26 bunches of yew, made up of two to three 20cm lengths. Wind florist’s wire in a spiral down the length of each 1.8m tarred twine. Wire the bunches along the prepared twine (in one direction), overlapping them to avoid gaps. Wire together five longer bunches of yew, rosemary and ivy berries to form a fan shape. Fix to the door at the centre of the two long garlands, add ribbon and raffia then tweak the wired string into position.
  5. Spray wreath with water when dry.

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Styling by Kristy Ramage