Topiary Christmas tree (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

My Top Three Succulent Holiday Projects

It's time to deck the halls with your favorite chubby plants. These are my top three succulent holiday projects. If you make them, do take photos of the results for your season's greetings. And if you post them on social media, kindly tag yours truly!

A great source of small plants for these projects is Mountain Crest Gardens.

Succulent holiday project: topiary tree

Above: Two of my own succulent holiday topiary trees. Left: I used cuttings from my garden and from Altman Plants. Right: Sempervivums from Mountain Crest Gardens create a traditional-looking, textural tree. I used Senecio rowleyanus (string of pearls) for the garlands.


Succulent topiary trees need less care than floral arrangements and last much longer—several months or more. When the weather warms in the spring, pull them apart and plant the cuttings. Care requirements are similar to those of succulent wreaths…[Read More]

See my video: Make a Succulent Tabletop Christmas Tree, DIY (8:28)

Succulent holiday project: Aeonium snowflakes

Above: These succulent snowflakes are in vases on my coffee table. So simple! My pup Lucky is a chihuahua mix.

ToP Holiday Project #2: AEONIUM SNOWFLAKES

The easiest of my top three succulent holiday projects is great to do with kids. Cut simple snowflakes from soft, pliable foam paper (available at any craft store), or use 4-inch plastic snowflakes with the centers snipped out. Use to frame small, stemmed succulent rosettes.

I use aeoniums because they're abundant in my garden, but any geometric rosette succulent with several inches of stem will do. If kept in water or moist floral foam, they'll last well past New Year's. Use them to...

  • Combine in a bouquet as a hostess gift
  • Add to a floral centerpiece for a holiday look
  • Place in slender vases as a tabletop display
  • Present to guests as party favors
  • Create a corsage, boutonnière or hair ornament

Watch my 60-second "How to Make Succulent Snowflakes" video.

Succulent Holiday Project: Aeonium snowflakes

Floral centerpiece with aeonium snowflakes. I get white plastic snowflakes at Amazon (affiliate link).

Succulent Snowflake template

This is my template for cutting foam-paper snowflakes. Cut an X in the center to hold the stem in place.

Obtain aeoniums online. 

Succulent holiday wreath

Before you hang a newly made succulent wreath, use it for a photo that frames your lovely self.


Follow my simple instructions to make a succulent wreath, and you’ll see why such decorations have been popular for decades. I make a soil-less succulent wreath because...Read More

Make a succulent wreath step-by-step

Above: One of many I've made. A succulent wreath lasts for years with proper care.

Watch my YouTube video: How to Make a Succulent Wreath, DIY (3:58)

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Succulent Christmas Tree Holiday Centerpiece

[With Video] Make a succulent Christmas tree for your holiday tabletop centerpiece. This topiary cone with cuttings inserted into the moss needs less care than a floral arrangement and lasts much longer.

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Make a Succulent Wreath, Step-By-Step

Make a Succulent Wreath, Step-by-Step UPDATE: SEE THE COMMENTS if you’re using small rooted succulents.  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…

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Succulent Wreath Tips and Ideas

Do you like the succulent wreath that my friend Denise made during a wreath party at my home? To create a similar one, you’ll need about 100 cuttings, a wire wreath form, 24-gauge florist’s wire, a chopstick, and a bag of sphagnum moss. The form, moss and wire are available at any craft store. Cuttings will root right…

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  1. Sarah Smalls on November 30, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    I love me some succulents. Thanks for sharing! Let’s get cactusy!

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