How to Make a Succulent Christmas Tree Centerpiece
Time Required: Over 1 day
Bring the beauty of succulents to your holiday table with a miniature Christmas tree filled with the pastel plants. This centerpiece will be the center of conversation around your table.
It’s an ambitious project, but the skills are simple: shaping chicken wire into a cone, filling it with dampened sphagnum moss and placing it in a favorite planter. Assemble a collection of succulents in various sizes, shapes and colors, and carefully place them in the topiary. Use floral pins to secure the plants in place.
This succulent topiary was created by the designers at Rambo Nursery, an exclusive grower for The Home Depot. Here are some pointers for success with the succulent Christmas tree project.
This project used approximately 100 succulents of various sizes. The finished tree is about 14 inches high and 7 inches in diameter.
Select four to five different succulent varieties to add texture to the finished centerpiece. Look in your succulent collection for the “babies,” that sprout from the mama plant. These smaller succulents are an ideal filler for this project.
Tip: Growers are continually sourcing new varieties and colors of popular succulents. Look for the latest succulents in red and deep purple. When you add another color, you add dimension and contrast to your tree design.
Cut chicken wire into a 12-inch by 12-inch square with aviation snips. (Caution: chicken wire can be difficult to work with, be sure to protect your hands with gloves.) Fold back cut edges. Shape chicken wire into a cone and fold edges together. Fill the planter with foam or other material sturdy enough to support the topiary.
Fill the bucket with water and soak the sphagnum moss for about 15 minutes. One handful at a time, squeeze out the excess water and place inside the chicken wire cone. Continue to fill the cone with dampened moss until it’s full. Place the filled chicken wire form on the base inside the container and secure with floral pins.
Use floral pins to attach succulents to the tree form. Secure the floral pin to the chicken wire base. Add rows from the bottom up, and create vertical “ribbons” with a special color or texture.
Finish the Christmas tree with succulents or a star embellishment or ornament from your own Christmas tree. Enjoy the Christmas tree for holiday entertaining, and keep the joy of succulents around after the holidays. Finally, when the holidays are over, pull out the succulents and give them fresh potting soil and planters and delight in them throughout the winter.