Semper Viva Wreath How To Make A Succulent Wreath

Semper-viva Succulent Wreath

Please welcome authors John Gillespie & Christina Symons of the fabulous garden craft book, Everyday Eden: 100+ Fun, Green Garden Projects for the Whole Family to Enjoy (Harbour Publishing). I’m overjoyed that they have joined us today to share a project on making a succulent wreath, as I have had my eye on these for a while now. I’ll be out at the garden center getting my supplies, and I bet you will be too when you finish reading how to make this beautiful Semper”viva” Wreath!

Oh, and check out how you can win your very own copy of Everyday Eden at the end of this post!Instructions on how to make this beautiful succulent wreath

A lush living wreath is easy to make yet guaranteed to get lots of “oohs” and “ahs,” whether you place it in the garden or use it as a table centrepiece for special occasions. You can grow your living wreath for many seasons or simply reposition your succulents back into the garden when you’re done with it.

Semper-viva Wreath  - how to make a succulent wreath



  1. Prepare the wreath by separating the front and back of the form and arranging your liner inside. Pack in a moist mixture of three parts potting soil to one part sand (added for drainage).succulent wreath diy project
  2. Secure the two wreath pieces back together and tuck in or cut away any extra bits of liner. Lay the wreath form flat on a table. Create holes for your succulents by piercing the liner with a knife or scissors and then use your fingers to push away the soil, making a small cavity for each plant. Carefully tuck the succulents into the cavities and use floral pins to secure the plants if needed. Continue planting, working your way around the wreath until it appears full and lush.DIY succulent Wreath instructions
  3. Water it well and allow the wreath to “set” on a flat surface for several weeks before hanging. For best results, always water your wreath on a flat surface. Keep it well protected in a greenhouse, under cover or inside during cold winter weather.Instructions on how to make this beautiful succulent wreath!

Here’s what we planted in our succulent wreath:

  • Sedum album ‘Coral Carpet’
  • Sedum makinoi ‘Ogon’
  • Sedum spathulifolium ‘Cape Blanco’
  • Sempervivum arachnoideum
  • Sempervivum ‘Belladonna’
  • Sempervivum giuseppii
  • Sempervivum montanum
  • Sempervivum tectorum
  • Echeveria elegans

Everyday Eden
Be sure to grab a copy of  
Everyday Eden: 100+ Fun, Green Garden Projects for the Whole Family to Enjoy.  The book is filled with projects using inexpensive, often recycled, materials and easy techniques, this lively collection of garden projects and practices will delight beginner and experienced green thumbs alike.

Residents from Canada and the US can win a copy of Everyday Eden simply by leaving a comment on this post before July 19, 2013!  This contest is now closed. Congrats to Amanda for leaving the winning comment!  


  1. Liza
    LizaJune 27,13

    This looks so neat! I’ve always wanted to do one of these for my door – or maybe my new office. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Funky Junk Interiors
    Funky Junk InteriorsJune 27,13

    What a beautiful project! So in love with this… may have to give it a whirl!

  3. Sheila Plock
    Sheila PlockJune 27,13

    This looks like something my Garden Club should do, especially since we could all share plants. Thanks so much for the inspiration. Would love to win.

  4. Jennifer @ Town and Country Living
    Jennifer @ Town and Country LivingJune 27,13

    Lovin’ this succulent wreath. And I have to say, I’m really enjoying your blog! So many great ideas.

  5. Michille White
    Michille WhiteJune 28,13

    Loved this! It’s that perfect centerpiece for my patio glass-topped table. Thanks for this inspiring pin!

  6. Jess
    JessJune 28,13

    The wreath is beautiful! This inspired me to try and make my own!

  7. Janet Vukonich
    Janet VukonichJune 28,13

    I pinned it and shared it on Facebook- This Wreath Is So Beautiful! Thank You!

  8. Cathy F
    Cathy FJune 28,13

    loving this idea.

  9. Cathy F
    Cathy FJune 28,13

    such a cute idea i had to pin it

  10. Robin~All Things Heart and Home
    Robin~All Things Heart and HomeJune 28,13

    Your wreath turned out absolutely gorgeous! xo

  11. TrinityKimmie
    TrinityKimmieJune 28,13

    Looks like a great weekend project.

  12. Debbie W
    Debbie WJune 29,13

    I’ve been looking for something to go on my back fence and this is it!!!

  13. Ana
    AnaJune 29,13

    This is absolutely gorgeous!

  14. Amanda
    AmandaJune 29,13

    Love it! I want to do something like that for my yard!

  15. Amanda
    AmandaJune 29,13

    I pinned it!

  16. Adrienne
    AdrienneJune 29,13

    I have a hanging garden, this is a great idea to match.

  17. Carol
    CarolJune 29,13

    Where can I purchase the heavy duty wire wreath form and liner?

  18. Stephanie
    StephanieJune 29,13

    There are lots of them online. Here is one

  19. Kae
    KaeJune 30,13

    Love the wreath you have given me the inspriraton to try. Thanks for listing the plants you used.

  20. Kate
    KateJuly 2,13

    Truly amazing! Your wreath is gorgeous and you make it sound easy :)

  21. Teresa
    TeresaJuly 2,13

    Love, Love the succulent wreath!! I am so enjoying my succulents and how easy they are to take care of . There are so many unique and wonderful varieties.

  22. Sue Hess
    Sue HessJuly 3,13

    Wow! What a fabulous idea! I would love to make one of those. I will definitely keep this idea in mind. Thanks for posting!

  23. Teresa Guison
    Teresa GuisonJuly 3,13

    I will try my hand with this project…Love succulents. This will complement the rest of my potted succulents. Thank you for posting.

  24. Sally McDonald
    Sally McDonaldJuly 4,13

    Your succulent wreath is so enticing, I must give it a try!

  25. Connie Wilkerson
    Connie WilkersonJuly 4,13

    I am going to try this! Thank you for the tutorial!

  26. Irene
    IreneJuly 4,13

    Thank you for sharing this. I pinned this. But more than that, I can’t wait to make this. Your instructions are just what I wanted. I saw one of the succulent wreaths this past fall and have been interested ever since.

  27. Angie K.
    Angie K.July 5,13

    Not only is this gorgeous, it actually looks doable for me. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. :)

  28. Becky Wright
    Becky WrightJuly 5,13

    Love the wreath and it’s looks so easy to make…thanks for posting it!

  29. Kay Baumgartner
    Kay BaumgartnerJuly 5,13

    I’m in love with this project! Always though living wreaths were so lovely, but figured they’d be much more difficult. Thanks for walking us through it!

  30. Dawn Gonzalez
    Dawn GonzalezJuly 5,13

    I have been enjoying using succulents in the garden this year, and this project looks like another beautiful addition. I hope mine turns out as well as the one in the post!

  31. Penny Tompkins
    Penny TompkinsJuly 5,13

    This is beautiful. I am president of a small garden club and I will share this, it is a must do project. Thank you.

  32. Claudia Wilson
    Claudia WilsonJuly 5,13

    What a spectacular way to display succulents! I can’t wait to try and make this myself.

  33. Ells
    EllsJuly 5,13

    that is LOVELY! Thanks for the tutorial (and gorgeous photos!).

  34. Meredith Smith
    Meredith SmithJuly 6,13

    Love the project mentioned in this Succulent Wreath tutorial. I want to try to make this beautiful wreath. I am a Master Gardener and would love to make this for our plant sale. I love succulents and have a wide variety, so I would not have to purchase many. I’m sure all the members of our NC Coastal group would be impressed with this project.

  35. Deb
    DebJuly 7,13

    I want to make a succulent wreath, but am lacking the vast amount if cuttings required. It s beautiful.

  36. Suellen Jennings
    Suellen JenningsJuly 7,13

    THis is a very pretty wreath!

  37. shannon
    shannonJuly 7,13

    I love the wreath. Any suggestions on where to get a heavy duty wire base from?

  38. Stephanie
    StephanieJuly 7,13

    Hi Shannon, I linked to where you can find one above in the materials list, but here it is again:

  39. Linda Rine
    Linda RineJuly 8,13

    I love this wreath! Been collecting succulents for about 2 years , Now I know what I’m going to do with a lot of the extras I have. Going to the store this morning for supplies and starting my wreath this afternoon. Thank you so much for the idea and instructions.

  40. Maggie
    MaggieJuly 8,13

    What a beautiful project. I recently discovered succulents when my sister shared some from her gardens. I have always enjoyed Autumn Joy, but didn’t realize the succulents I’d received as gifts were related. I think I have most of the supplies needed to make this beautiful project.

  41. Sandi M
    Sandi MJuly 9,13

    This is the coolest succulent wreath I’ve seen! It’s going on my project must try list :)

  42. Sandi M
    Sandi MJuly 9,13

    I definitely pinned this…..for me and others who will love it too!

  43. cheryl
    cherylJuly 11,13

    Love this site. I just found it and its GREAT!

  44. Peggy
    PeggyJuly 12,13

    I love the looks of this wreath I am going to try to make my own. Thank you for the tutorial. I’m off to pin it and put on face book..

  45. Apryl
    AprylJuly 17,13

    I love succulent plants and this is a wonderful way to display them. Very unique. thank you for your post. I have shared this on facebook.

  46. Fontella
    FontellaJuly 17,13

    I love this succulent wreath! Will try it soon and hope mine turns out as beautifully as yours is.

  47. Fontella
    FontellaJuly 17,13

    shared this tutorial on facebook as well. Would LOVE to win the book give away I can use all of the ideas I can get! :-) I am building new flower beds from nothing. Digging out old pasture grass, weeds, brush, wild blackberries, rocks by hand and adding new dirt and all kinds of compost then planting new plants, roses, lilies and anything else I can find in the bargain area of Lowes for 1/2 off or better. Also have split some of my day lilies from a small flower bed. Sure saves a lot of money. Is a TON of work but worth it when I look out and see and smell beautiful flowers blooming.

  48. Fontella
    FontellaJuly 17,13

    Stephanie, Thank you for the link. I ordered 4 wreaths. Can not wait to get them and start making my succulent wreaths. Think I am going to find small and trailing perennial plants to make another wreath with. I wonder if crocus bulbs will work in a wreath with small early blooming perennials if I winter it over in the garage to protect it from hard freezes? hmmm

  49. Holly S
    Holly SJuly 18,13

    Love this idea! It’s beautiful!

  50. Amy Studer
    Amy StuderJuly 18,13

    I love succulents! Thanks so much for providing such easy instructions to prepare my wreath!

  51. Claudia
    ClaudiaJuly 18,13

    I love your blog! So inspired.

  52. Melissa
    MelissaJuly 18,13

    Would love to win this for ideas to do with my residents!

  53. Peg Palmer
    Peg PalmerJuly 18,13

    This wreath is lovely, I love your blog and I’d love to win a copy of Everyday Eden!

  54. Melanie Watts
    Melanie WattsJuly 18,13

    I’ve always wanted to know how to make a succulent wreath.

  55. Sensible Gardening
    Sensible GardeningJuly 18,13

    Looks like an interesting and fun read

  56. Autumn Thomas
    Autumn ThomasJuly 19,13

    Can’t wait to make this wreath!

  57. Autumn Thomas
    Autumn ThomasJuly 19,13

    Oh, Pinned and Shared on FB too! Everyone should make this!

  58. Ruth James
    Ruth JamesJuly 19,13

    I would so love reading your book, for a wonderful reference tool!!

  59. Lisa Feely
    Lisa FeelyJuly 19,13

    Your succulent wreath instructions are great! I have a very old wreath that needs updating. Thanks for the directions.

  60. Mary taylor
    Mary taylorJuly 19,13

    Sharing the love!

  61. Donna Hill
    Donna HillJuly 19,13

    Love your ideas. Would love to win the book. Great site

  62. michele
    micheleJuly 21,13

    Pinned it!

  63. Robin
    RobinAugust 6,13

    What do you use to hang this. This is beautiful and want to make it for my mom

  64. Mary
    MaryJanuary 11,14

    Love your wreath. A friend made me one and it’s beautiful. How often do you water it? Hope I can keep mine going. You are an inspiration. Thanks

  65. Linda Graham
    Linda GrahamJanuary 26,14

    I really like the Reaf with the Succulents.

  66. Sarah
    SarahFebruary 22,14

    Okay so this is my most favorite “spring time” or really “anytime” wreath that I’ve seen. I absolutely, positively love it! I’m definitely going to have to try making one…maybe I’ll use fake succulents…or maybe I could give it a go with the real kind. Either way, simply amazing!!!

    I love how spring is in the air (at least for a lot of people…maybe not those still getting massive amounts of snow). I’ve been working on a bunch of diy spring projects. I just posted my first one which is a Spring Monogram Wreath. It’s super easy to make, takes less than 20 minutes and certainly adds beauty to wherever it’s placed. Check it out at:

    I apologize for my photography skills or lack there of…I’m trying though, ugh! I clearly need some pointers. If you have any you want to share, please share them in the comments of this post:

    I would certainly appreciate it! Happy Spring everyone! :)

  67. Patricia Routt
    Patricia RouttMarch 24,14

    I will be making this for sure, I already have most of the plants. I can’t wait to get started. thanks for sharing and the great tutorial.

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  69. Margaret Michel
    Margaret MichelAugust 2,14

    I love this idea! Added to my spring list of things to do for next year since my summer is coming to an end!

  70. Albertha
    AlberthaSeptember 8,14

    Awesome post.

  71. Scuba Diving Accessories
    Scuba Diving AccessoriesFebruary 11,15

    Hey, thanks for the article post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

  72. Suzanne Haynie
    Suzanne HaynieMarch 2,15

    I love this–where do you buy your succulents?

  73. Sheryl Ball
    Sheryl BallMarch 5,15

    Love, love this!! Thanks for sharing!!

  74. Christine Fuller
    Christine FullerMarch 10,15

    So lovely! I’ve never seen anything like this! Thanks so much for sharing. You’re right: I can’t wait to visit my fav garden center!

  75. Shanasee Freiburger
    Shanasee FreiburgerMarch 20,15

    Love this project! Can’t wait to make my own. I will be ordering supplies soon and was wondering approximately how many succulents did you use to make this?

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