5 of Succulent Accessories

TERRARIUM NECKLACE

Succulent Accessories

You can bring a miniature living succulent with you wherever you go when you have a terrarium necklace. It’s like a delightful little ecosystem around your neck. You can find the type of vial with a hook top in the jewelry section of most craft stores. This necklace makes a lovely gift for anyone who loves to garden.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Glass vial, approximately 2″, with hook top
  • Necklace Chain of your
  • choice
  • Sand
  • Activated Charcoal
  • Soil
  • Moss
  • Baby Succulent
  • Tweezers
  • Pliers

WHAT TO DO

  • Begin by adding four layers to your glass vial. Just as with a full-sized terrarium, these base layers will serve a purpose (assisting with drainage) while adding interest to your necklace. Add your sand, activated charcoal, soil, and moss, in that order.
  • Use your tweezers to slide your plant into the vial. Try to hold your plant by the stem if the opening of the vial is big enough. You will need to wiggle the stem through the moss and into the soil. Make sure to choose a plant that is small enough to fit through the opening, but big enough to make a statement. The tiny succulent should be the focal point of the necklace.
  • Attach your necklace chain to your glass vial. I purchased a vial that already had a ring or “jump chain” attached. All I had to do was use my pliers to open the ring, wrap it around the necklace chain, and then squeeze the ring closed again.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Water your baby succulent every couple of days (or when you notice the soil is dry) with a few drops of water. Succulents don’t like humidity or sitting in water, so if you notice condensation in your vial, open it up and let it air out. Make sure to keep your necklace out of direct sunlight to avoid burning your baby plant.

SUCCULENT RING

SUCCULENT RING

Forget diamonds. Succulents are a girl’s best friend! A succulent ring is the perfect accessory to show off your green thumb. This unusual piece will garner compliments wherever you go.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Blank Ring Bezel
  • Scissors
  • Floral Glue
  • Small Succulents

WHAT TO DO

  • Cut the stems off of your plants. Try to cut them as close to the lower leaves as possible while keeping the rosettes intact.
  • Cover the flat surface of your ring bezel with floral glue.
  • Gently press your plants onto your ring bezel.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Your succulents will not be able to survive too long glued to your ring bezel. (Depending on the type of plant, it could last from a few weeks to a month or two.) Once your plants begin to shrivel, carefully remove them and glue on fresh succulents. Floral glue is kind of like rubber cement, so it peels off easily—you should end up with a clean base again. After removing your plants from your ring, gently remove any glue that may be on the lower leaves, place them on top of well-draining soil, and water them occasionally. New roots may sprout if your plant is not damaged too badly by the glue and removal process.

Be sure you let your tiny plants callus over for a day or two before gluing them to your ring bezel. This will help your plants absorb less of the glue through the fresh cut, which should help it to last longer.

HEADBAND

HEADBAND

People have been wearing flowers in their hair since the beginning of time, so why not try succulents there? Unlike flowers that quickly die, succulents can last weeks, even months, without soil or water, making them a perfect living accessory. Whether for a special occasion like an outdoor wedding or day-to-day wear, succulent hair accessories have an unrivaled natural beauty.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Green Felt
  • Scissors
  • Headband
  • Hot Glue
  • Succulent Cuttings

WHAT TO DO

  • Cut two circles out of your felt. You will want the circles to be about the size of your plant or group of plants since it is going to serve as the base or support for them.
  • Decide where you want your plants to sit on the headband and glue one of the circles to the underside of the headband and the other circle on top of it.
  • Make sure your succulent cuttings have their stems cut as close to the base of the plant as possible.
  • Hold your plants upside down, apply hot glue to the lower leaves, and gently press the plants onto the felt circle base that you attached to your headband.
  • Use your scissors to cut away any part of the felt circle that is not hidden by your plants.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

When your succulents begin to wither, carefully remove them from your headband and plant them in well-draining soil.

Headbands not your favorite hair accessory? You can easily create a stunning hair clip by hot-gluing succulents to a blank French clip or barrette.

CROWN

CROWN

Fresh-flower crowns are lovely, but some flowers are so delicate that the crown is barely usable. Here’s a stunning and sturdier alternative: a breathtaking succulent crown! Whether it’s your wedding day or you just want to feel like a princess, a succulent crown is sure to make a lasting impression.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Thick Floral Wire (22-gauge)
  • Pliers
  • Floral Tape
  • Succulent Cuttings
  • Scissors
  • Thin Floral Wire (26-gauge)
  • Wire Cutters

WHAT TO DO

  • Use your thicker floral wire to create a circle that fits around your head where you want your crown to sit. Twist the ends of the wire together to close the circle, and then wrap the circle in floral tape.
  • Cut the stems of your plants short with your scissors. Cut a piece of thin wire about 6" long. Insert the thin wire into the stem of each plant.
  • Bend the wire in half.
  • Wrap the stem with the end of the wire to strengthen it and secure it to the wire. Because succulents bruise and scar easily, you will want to be careful not to handle them too roughly during this process.
  • Once you’ve got several succulents stemmed with the thin wire, choose a plant to attach first. Place it on the wire circle where you want it and wrap its wire around the circle. You can use your pliers to squeeze the wires tightly together and to pinch down the ends.
  • Continue choosing plants, placing them on the wire where you like, until your circle is full of beautiful plants. I decided to only do the front half of my crown, but you can do the entire thing if you want. If you have exposed wires, wrap the back half in floral tape once more.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Although the succulents on your crown are still alive, it is not technically a “living” succulent crown in that the plants will eventually die if left attached to the wire. Depending on the type of plants you used, this could take a couple of weeks to a month or so. You will definitely get a lot more use out of your succulent crown than you would a fresh-flower crown. If you would like to keep your plants alive, remove them from the wire once they begin to wither, let the stems callus over for a few days, and plant them in well-draining soil.

Adding a few succulents in a contrasting shade like purple adds visual interest to the crown.

LIVING NECKLACE

Here’s another accessory option that’s easy to make but looks stunning. Not only are the baby succulents absolutely adorable, but people will be astonished when they realize you are wearing living plants around your neck!

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Scissors
  • Necklace Cord or Chain
  • Pendant Bezel, approximately 11⁄4″
  • Floral Glue
  • Moss
  • Pencil or similar pointy tool
  • Baby Succulents

WHAT TO DO

  • Use your scissors to cut the stems of your baby plants a little shorter than the depth of your bezel.
  • Coat the inside of your bezel with floral glue and press in your moss. Allow a few minutes to dry.
  • Use a pencil or other pointy tool to create a little hole in the moss where you will place the stem of your first succulent.
  • Carefully hold your baby plant, stem facing up. Squeeze your floral glue onto the lower leaves of the plant, taking care not to cover the stem with glue, as this is where roots will eventually sprout from.
  • Decide where to place your plant and gently press it into the moss. Repeat steps 3, 4, and 5 until you have placed all of your desired plants into your bezel.
  • Attach a necklace cord or chain to your bezel.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Mist the moss every few days to encourage roots to form on the stems of your plants. Your necklace should last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the types of plants you choose. Certain succulents may be more sensitive to the floral glue and will not root. If your plant does not start to root, simply remove it when it begins to wither and replace it with a new plant.

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