Project Guide

How to Make a Succulent Christmas Tree Centerpiece

1
Cut Chicken Wire
Cut Chicken Wire

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.

2
Shape the Chicken Wire and Fill With Moss for a Succulent Christmas Tree
Shape the Chicken Wire and Fill With Moss for a Succulent Christmas Tree

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.

3
Prepare Succulents by Gently Shaking Off the Potting Mix
Prepare Succulents by Gently Shaking Off the Potting Mix

Prepare the succulents for placement on the tree by gently removing them from their containers and shaking off most of the potting mix.

4
Attach Succulents With Floral Pins
Attach Succulents 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.

5
Create Design and Pattern
Create Design and Pattern

As you work around the topiary, alternate plants for variety. Step back and view the project from varying distances.

6
Embellish and Enjoy (the Succulent Christmas Tree)
Embellish and Enjoy (the Succulent Christmas Tree)

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.