A Happy Succulent Holiday: DIY Christmas Trees & Other Crafts

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Want to give your holiday decor a fresh, modern update? Instead of sticking strictly to the classics like evergreen cuttings and holly berries, try incorporating succulent plants like crassula, echeveria, kalanchoe, sedum, and cacti. From DIY mini succulent trees to Christmas ornaments, table centerpieces, and more—there are so many creative ways to use these cute, colorful plants in your winter decor! Here are some crafty DIY ideas for beautiful succulent displays to brighten your home this holiday season. 

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Make a Mini DIY Succulent Tree

A miniature Christmas tree made with assorted succulent plants makes an adorable holiday decoration—especially if you live in a smaller space and can’t make room for a huge evergreen tree! 


  • Chicken wire
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Floral pins
  • Assorted succulents
  • One plant pot
  • A large bowl or basin filled with water


  1. Cut your chicken wire and form it into a cone shape. Fold the edges together and tuck in the sharp, cut ends. 
  2. Soak your sphagnum moss in water for fifteen minutes. Then, one handful at a time, squeeze out the excess water and stuff the moss into the wire cone until it’s completely filled. 
  3. Insert the cone into the planter, so the point is at the top.
  4. One by one, gently shake the excess potting mix from the roots of your succulents, then secure them onto the cone with floral pins. Continue pinning them into place until the cone is completely covered. 

Enjoy your beautiful succulent tree, and when the holidays come to a close, you can disassemble your craft and repot the plants into new containers. 

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Succulent Wreaths

Your winter decor isn’t complete without a holiday wreath! This craft requires succulent cuttings—small pieces of succulent plants. Take apart larger succulents and leave the cuttings on a sunny windowsill for a few days to encourage rooting.


  • Wreath frame
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Succulent cuttings
  • Floral pins
  • Florist’s wire
  • A large bowl or basin filled with water
  • Chopsticks


  1. Soak your sphagnum moss in water for fifteen minutes, then take handfuls, squeeze out the excess water, and form them into a tubular shape within the wreath frame.
  2. Wrap the florist’s wire all around the moss to hold it in place. 
  3. Use chopsticks to make indents in the wreath frame, then place the cuttings inside. Secure them into place with floral pins. Keep placing them until the wreath is completely covered.

It helps to leave your wreath on a flat surface near a sunny window for a week or two before hanging it up. This helps the cuttings to root and take hold. 

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Terrarium Ornaments

Miniature hanging glass terrariums look just like Christmas tree ornaments, so why not fill them with succulents or cacti to decorate your tree? All you have to do is fill them with a small bundle of sphagnum moss, some small assorted succulents or cacti, and maybe a few small pretty pebbles. Hang them on the tree. Keep in mind to ensure that they’re exposed to sunlight to keep them bright and healthy. 

Succulent Centerpieces

With all the big holiday feasts planned over winter, a gorgeous table centerpiece is a must! We like combining them with classic elements of winter plant decor, like evergreen cuttings, holly berries, and branches. Here’s a simple approach: fill a festive container with assorted succulents, and pop in some sprigs of greenery and other embellishments. Then, surround the container with more evergreen sprigs and other add-ons, like tea lights in jars, or pinecones. 

If you’d like to make your own succulent holiday tree in Fort Lauderdale, or any of the other holiday crafts on this list, visit Living Color Garden Center to see our incredible selection of assorted succulents. Happy holidays!

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