Celebrating with Succulents

CELEBRATING WITH SUCCULENTS

Succulents are a stylish way to bring a natural element to your special day. They can be used in almost every aspect of a wedding, dinner party, or baby or bridal shower—from boutonnieres and bouquets to centerpieces and party favors. Whether you are hosting a modern or rustic affair, succulents can fit the theme—they can have either a classic or a contemporary feel, depending on how you arrange them. Pair them with traditional floral arrangements to create arrays of unrivaled beauty. Perhaps the best part? Unlike conventional flowers, succulents can be planted after your event, and with proper care will last for years to come, serving as a treasured keepsake.

PLACECARD HOLDER

PLACECARD HOLDER

Your guests will be delighted when they find their seat held by this charming little potted succulent. This succulent placecard holder can also double as a party favor, giving you more bang for your buck!

WHAT YOU NEED

  •  Small Terra Cotta Pots
  • Succulent Soil
  • Succulents
  • Moss
  • Pen
  • Paper Flags attached to Sticks

WHAT TO DO

  • Fill your terra cotta pots 3⁄4 full with succulent soil and plant your succulents.
  • Cover the soil in your pots with moss to create a finished look.
  • Write your guests’ names on your paper flags and insert the sticks into the soil on the side of each pot. (I bought the paper flags already assembled at a craft store.)

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Your potted succulent placecard holders should be kept in bright, indirect sunlight. Water when the soil is completely dry.

Paint your pots or tie a bow around them with ribbon or twine to customize their look to fit the style of your event. You can also make printed labels on your home printer if you’d like a more finished look for your text. Give guests succulent care instructions on the back of the label.

BABY FOOD JAR PARTY FAVOR

BABY FOOD JAR PARTY FAVOR

Not only are baby food jars adorably small, but they are readily available and inexpensive. If you have a baby yourself, or know someone who does, chances are you can get a lot of jars for free. Your guests will fall in love with their new mini garden, and you can feel great about giving them a charming upcycled gift! These work great as favors for weddings, baby showers, or even small dinner parties.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Baby Food Jars
  • Pebbles
  • Succulent Soil
  • Pencil or similar pointy tool
  • Small Succulents
  • Pen
  • Favor Tags
  • Thin Twine

WHAT TO DO

  • Line the bottom of your baby food jars with a layer of pebbles to create an alternative drainage system.
  • Fill the rest of your jars with well-draining soil.
  • Plant your succulents. If it’s easier, use a pencil or similar pointy tool to create a hole in the soil where you want to plant your succulent. You can plant one succulent or a few smaller ones.
  • Use your pen to write “Thank You” on your favor tags.
  • Attach the favor tags to your baby food jars with the thin twine. You can tie the ends in a bow or knot, depending on your preference.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Since baby food jars do not have proper drainage holes, you will need to water these mini arrangements less often than your other plants. Succulents don’t do well when their roots are sitting in soggy soil, so take special care to only water your jars when the soil is completely dry.

This project can double as a placecard holder! Instead of writing “Thank You” on the tag, you can write your guests’ names and leave the little favor on their place setting.

NAPKIN RING

NAPKIN RING

Napkin rings are a small accessory that can make a huge statement on your tablescape. Using living plants on your napkin rings adds a touch of natural elegance that faux plants just can’t match. These are perfect in an outdoor or porch setting. Baby’s breath or wax flowers make dainty fillers to use along with your succulents.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Floral Wire
  • Wire Cutters
  • Floral Tape
  • Succulent Cuttings
  • Flowers

WHAT TO DO

  • Create a ring out of floral wire. You can wrap it in floral tape if you wish to create a thicker ring.
  • Group together your succulents and flowers into a little bouquet. Wrap the stems together with floral wire.
  • Attach the bouquet to your ring with floral tape. If your plants are heavy, you may want to attach them to the ring with floral wire followed by floral tape.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

When your event is over, dismantle your napkin rings and plant your succulents in well-draining soil. With proper care, your succulents will continue to thrive!

Customize your napkin rings to suit your special event by adding pops of color. For example, create a winter-inspired napkin ring by pairing holly berries and cedar clippings.

CENTERPIECE

CENTERPIECE

When creating centerpieces for an event, you usually want to keep the cost to a minimum since you will be making at least one for each table. Rather than spending a fortune on fancy logs from a craft store, or chopping down trees yourself, this project repurposes wood from an unlikely and inexpensive source: lawn edging! Rustic logs paired with stunning gold-painted succulents will bring a charming simplicity and elegance to your special day.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Wooden Lawn Edging Logs
  • Scissors or Razor Blade
  • Lace or Burlap
  • Hot Glue
  • Succulents
  • Gold Spray Paint, or other color
  • Flowers

WHAT TO DO

  • Wooden lawn edging comes attached together by a thin plastic strip. Use your scissors or a razor blade to cut apart your logs.
  • Hot-glue a strip of lace or burlap around the bottom of three of the logs to cover where you cut the plastic. You can make the strip whatever width you’d like.
  • Hot-glue the three logs together. If you don’t want to hold them together while the glue sets, tie them together with a string and let them sit until the glue has completely dried.
  • There will be a hole in the center where the three logs meet. You can use this hole as a “vase” for flower stems. (Keep in mind that you’re not using soil or water, so you’ll need to find plants that won’t need water or use faux flowers.)
  • Choose a succulent or a couple of them, cut off their stems, and spray-paint them gold or another color that fits with the color palette of your event.
  • Place your spray-painted succulent on top of your logs along with some flowers of your choice.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

When your event is over, plant your succulents in well-draining soil. With proper care, even your spray-painted succulents will continue to thrive!

BOUTONNIERE

BOUTONNIERE

Boutonnieres are commonly worn by men at weddings and other special occasions. At weddings, boutonnieres traditionally complement the bride’s bouquet. They are very simple to make, and if they are made entirely of succulents they can be assembled days, even weeks, in advance.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Succulent Cutting
  • Flowers
  • Floral Wire
  • Wire Cutters
  • Green Floral Tape
  • Jute Twine (Optional)
  • Boutonniere Pin

WHAT TO DO

  • If your succulent does not have a very long stem (shorter than an inch), you will need to stem your plant. Insert floral wire into the short stem of your succulent. Cut the wire to the length you want your stem to be. Wrap the plant’s stem with floral tape. Begin as close to the base of the plant as possible and work your way down to the end of the wire.
  • Group together your succulent with one or two other flowers, or greenery. I used blue thistle and wax flower. The succulent should be the focal point.
  • Wrap the group of stems with floral wire followed by floral tape. Add a boutonniere pin to attach the arrangement to a suit or shirt.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

When your event is over, dismantle your boutonniere and de-stem your succulent cutting by removing the floral wire. Let it callus over for a few days and then plant it in well-draining soil.  With proper care, your succulent will continue to thrive!

To create a more natural look, wrap the stems in jute twine after the floral tape.

BOUQUET

BOUQUET

It’s no surprise that succulents are being used more and more in weddings and other special events. Because they come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, succulents can fit into any style bouquet. Whether you want your bouquet completely made of succulents, or prefer to use them alongside other flowers, they are sure to make a statement. In addition to being an absolutely gorgeous addition to your wedding, your succulents can be replanted and last long after your event is over, making a perfect keepsake from your special day.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Succulents
  • Green Floral Stem Wire or Skewers (approximately 12″)
  • Green Floral Wire
  • Wire Cutters
  • Floral Tape
  • Flowers
  • Lace, Burlap, or Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue or Boutonniere Pins

WHAT TO DO

  • Remove all of the soil from your succulents. If your succulents have long roots, you may want to trim them or simply cut the roots off leaving a one- or two-inch stem.
  • Insert your floral stem wire or skewer into the stem of your succulent. A skewer is my first choice for large plants, because it provides a very sturdy support for the weight of heavy succulents. If your succulent has a thin stem, I recommend using floral wire to avoid tearing open the stem with a thick skewer. Using floral wire also gives you a little more freedom to angle your plants as you build your bouquet.
  • Wrap the stem of your plant with floral tape. Start as close to the base of the plant as possible and work your way down the wire or skewer.
  • Wrap all the way to the end of the skewer if you want all of the stems in your bouquet to be green.
  • If you have a succulent with a short or flimsy stem, or no stem (only roots), you can create support for your plant by wrapping the roots around a skewer and then wrapping them tightly with floral wire followed by floral tape.
  • After you have stemmed all of your succulents, you are ready to start building your bouquet. Start with one plant or a small grouping as your center and add from there.
  • Use filler flowers, like baby’s breath, to add mass to your bouquet. Place taller flowers or clippings to the sides and back of your bouquet.
  • Hold your stems tightly and wrap them together with your lace, burlap, ribbon, or floral tape. Hot-glue the end or use boutonniere pins to secure it into place.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Treat your succulent bouquet as you would a flower bouquet. When your event is over, dismantle your bouquet and de-stem your succulents. Let them callus over for a few days and then plant them in well-draining soil. With proper care, this special keepsake will continue to thrive.

Take special care when handling your succulents. Many succulent leaves have a beautiful coating that can be rubbed off if touched. Try to hold your plants by the stems or under the lower leaves as much as possible to keep them looking their best.

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