Succulent centerpieces last months and look good long after the occasion you made them for. Shown here are ideas for tabletops, floral-style arrangements, groupings and more. Follow the links for additional info and how-to help.
Above: Jeanne Meadow of Fallbrook, CA, keeps this succulent centerpiece on her patio table. Jeanne's is one of the featured gardens in Designing with Succulents (2nd ed.). This photo also appears as a black-and-white line drawing in my Sensational Succulents coloring book. It's an example of the floral-style succulent arrangements shown in my books, notably Succulent Container Gardens.
Above: This pedestal-pot succulent centerpiece is by CW Designs (formerly Chicweed). See how to make it in my online article: DIY Floral-Style Succulent Centerpiece.
You can watch me make this centerpiece in a repurposed berry bowl in my online BluPrint Class, "Stunning Succulent Arrangements." I also feature the same berry bowl, filled with colorful succulent cuttings, in my YouTube video, Succulents in Silver.
To make this unusual centerpiece for my patio, I combined a curved glass tube and a wrought-iron stand (both thrift store finds) with colorful clusters of succulents, then added bird seed. Watch birds enjoying it (and thereby turning it into a piece of kinetic art) in my video: Succulent Bird Feeder Centerpiece. If you'd like to see how I repurpose objects for bird feeders, go to Creative Bird Feeder Materials & How-To.
Groupings of similar objects make simple, appealing tabletop decorations. Here, sempervivums look like they're in white baskets, but---as explained on page 36 of Succulent Container Gardens---they're actually in cast-concrete pots. Glossy silver balls repeat the muted hues of the pots and contrast with their texture.
I made these bouquets for the launch party of my book, Succulents Simplified, which has the same plants on the cover. Marbles serve as ballast and I made faux stems from bamboo skewers. The vases hold water to keep the aloe flowers fresh. Learn more in my article, Create a Bouquet of Succulent Cuttings and in my online Craftsy Class, Stunning Succulent Arrangements.
This dramatic succulent centerpiece features a crested euphorbia. See how it came together in my online article Succulent White-Pot Pairings, and in my YouTube video, How to Pair Succulents with White Pots.
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