In this post you’ll find the essentials of designer Katie Christensen’s Succulent Art-to-Wear Class (headband how-to). In the class, held at Weidner’s Gardens nursery in Encinitas, CA, Katie showed a simple technique for DIY succulent hats, headbands, bracelets and more.
These photos are from the YouTube video I made of the workshop: “Succulent Art-to-Wear for Weddings, May Day and More.”
“If you can glue moss to it,” Katie says, “You can glue succulents to it.” Her method is based on the “moss and glue” technique pioneered by designer Laura Eubanks, who introduced the succulent-topped pumpkin.
These wearable floral art pieces will last a couple of months if you them spritz them occasionally to hydrate the moss. Cuttings will root through the glue into the moss. Remove and plant them later, if you like.
It’s a great parent-child project (or grandmother-granddaughter).
Flat-surfaced headband, cuff bracelet, etc.
Several dozen rosette succulent cuttings (1/2-inch diameter or less)
Trailing succulent such as string-of-pearls or string-of-bananas (Senecio radicans).
Dry moss (available at craft stores)
Glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors for trimming moss
Chopstick for pushing items into place
Optional: Tiny seashells, dried flowers, and/or fresh succulent flowers. Those of Kalanchoe blossfeldiana (supermarket kalanchoe), a Weidner’s specialty, are especially colorful and long-lasting.
Glue a layer of moss to the headband, stopping several inches from each end. Trim with scissors.
Chose a focal-point succulent rosette. Glue it slightly off center (on the side opposite your part).
Add several stems of a trailing succulent. Have them dangle from the main rosette past your chin.
Conceal and secure the tops of the dangler’s stems as you glue smaller rosettes around the main one.
Fill in the rest of the headband with rosette succulents, seashells and/or flower clusters.
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