Holiday Decorating Ideas

Use succulents to add fun and flair to your fall and winter activities.

When you think of holiday decorating with succulents, wreaths doubtless come to mind. They’ve been around for decades, long before succulents went mainstream. But oh, my, there are so many different kinds of succulent wreaths! Moreover, the same concept—planting cuttings in a moss-filled wire form—translates into other shapes too, including cones that resemble Christmas trees. As for outdoor decor, a succulent garden looks enchanting aglow with tiny lights. Holiday ideas here include succulent-topped pumpkins (several styles) and planted cornucopias. Enjoy!

Holiday Fun With Succulents

Where can you find rosette succulents and cuttings for projects? Buy quality succulents online from:
Mountain Crest Gardens
Leaf & Clay
Altman Plants

Succulent-Topped Pumpkin Design Ideas

This gallery of succulent-topped pumpkin design ideas are mostly by Laura Eubanks of Design for Serenity, who pioneered the concept in 2011. It caught on immediately, becoming as popular for fall decor as wreaths are for the holidays. After several years of making pumpkins for sale, Laura now devotes her time to designing in-ground gardens.…

Make a Succulent Wreath, Step-By-Step

Make a Succulent Wreath, Step-by-Step Succulent wreaths have been popular for decades. Follow these simple instructions to make a succulent wreath, and you’ll find out why. No soil needed! I recommend making a soil-less succulent wreath because soil is messy, heavy, dries out quickly, and—surprisingly—isn’t needed. Cuttings readily root into a moss-filled form. I also…

Make a Succulent Cornucopia

A succulent cornucopia makes a refreshing update on the traditional Thanksgiving centerpiece, and then after the holiday, you can remove the plants and pot them.  As early as midsummer, craft stores begin stocking holiday containers like this wicker cornucopia

Cactus decorated with lights

Decorate a Cactus with Holiday Lights, Step-by-Step

These DIY step-by-step instructions correspond to my YouTube video: Decorate a Cactus with Holiday Lights Inspired by my friend Sabine’s holiday succulent garden, I decided to light up a succulent of my own. The resulting potted ferocactus is the holiday centerpiece for a patio table visible from my kitchen and dining room. The plant’s translucent…

Succulent Topiary Tree Holiday Centerpiece

My DIY succulent topiary tree holiday centerpiece needs less care than a floral arrangement and lasts much longer—several months or more. Its requirements are similar to those of a succulent wreath: bright but not intense light (rotate occasionally for even exposure), weekly watering (from the top, to evenly moisten the moss), and pinching back if…

Cactus Christmas tree

Jim Sudal’s Cactus Pad Holiday Tree

Jim Sudal‘s cactus pad holiday tree is a great reinterpretation of the traditional fir tree, and perfect for the dry, hot Southwest. Like Jim, many residents of Phoenix (and well beyond) have stands of prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica). The juicy-leaved succulent is iconic to the region. “Last year I built a garland around my gallery…

Decorate Your Succulent Garden With Lights (1:16)

Sabine's succulent garden looks magical decorated with holiday lights. You'll love her fresh way of showcasing popular varieties. Easy, too!


12 Days of Cactus (3:50)

Enhance your holidays with succulents set to music! While your TV ( iPad, etc.) plays the "12 Days of Christmas," one lovely image after another scrolls across the screen. Discover how certain cacti - amazingly - resemble snowflakes. I had some fun with the lyrics, too. Enjoy!