My Succulent Pine Cone Wreath and Snowflakes

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The way echeverias resemble pine cones inspired my front-door holiday wreath. I used bronzy-gold painted pine cones the size of ping-pong balls and attached them, as well as the succulents, to a flat wreath form using hot glue. Surprisingly, hot glue doesn’t harm the plants.2016-succulent-wreath_r

Wreath materials

When doing holiday designs using succulents, be careful that the embellishments you choose don’t overwhelm plants with muted shades. It can be hard to find holiday items that aren’t vivid. That’s OK if the colors of the succulents are equally intense. I chose Echeveria ‘Lime and Chile’ because its soft green color went well with the bronzy gold of the pine cones, then accented them with smaller blue echeverias and reddish-gold Graptosedum ‘California Sunset’.

Keep in mind that a wreath is basically a frame. The viewer’s eye goes to the center, so put something there. I cut an aeonium from one of my greeting cards, because it was circular and went well with the colors of the wreath. You might use one of your own holiday cards, the word “Welcome,” or even a mirror.

Just for the fun of it, I also made succulent snowflakes…so simple! Any flower with a sturdy stem and a symmetrical shape will work—roses, for example. I chose a long-stemmed green aeonium from my garden because it contrasted perfectly with the red foam paper.

Happy holidays, from my home to yours! ~ DebraSucculent snowflakes


Debra Lee Baldwin
Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin authored Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens, and Succulents Simplified, all Timber Press bestsellers. Her goal is to enhance others' enjoyment and awareness of waterwise plants and gardens by showcasing the beauty and design potential of succulents via books, articles, newsletters, photos, videos, social media and more. Debra and husband Jeff live in the foothills north of San Diego. She grew up in Southern California on an avocado ranch, speaks conversational Spanish, and at age 18 graduated magna cum laude from USIU with a degree in English Literature. Her hobbies include thrifting, birding and watercolor painting. Debra's YouTube channel has had over 3,000,000 views.
Debra Lee Baldwin
Debra Lee Baldwin
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Gail Klein December 7, 2016, 12:37 am

That is so cool . I have a beautiful but ragged wreath full of memories, but pine cones not so much any more. Your creative idea will salvage the wreath by reimagining it. The similar petal look and complementary color of succulents and cones will spark it up and create more, new memories.. Thank you!

Audrey December 10, 2016, 12:20 pm

What product did you use to color the pine cones? Great votives and coasters!

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