How to Make a Faux Succulent Wreath

Inside: Discover how to create a faux succulent wreath in an unexpected way.

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When I plant succulents, they’re happy one moment and dead the next.

While I consider myself a plant-savvy person, succulents are my downfall. A perky cactus deflates like a balloon. Purple echeveria browns within days. Jade shrivels away from me like I’ve scorned it.

So, when I saw the living succulent wreath trend that’s been making the rounds on Pinterest and home decorating websites, I knew no way would I keep one alive for longer than a few days.

Rather than killing some pretty succulents, I opted for a different option.

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This is the Easiest Way to Make a Faux Succulent Wreath

I decided to make a faux succulent wreath. Fake it til you make it, baby.

What you’ll need:

  • 10 – 15 faux succulents (I got mine at the Dollar Tree)
  • Wreath form (I used a wire form because it’s what I had. A straw or foam wreath form would also work well.)
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Hot glue gun

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Your handy hot glue gun will handle the bulk of this project. Since I’m no expert at sewing or using power tools, I use hot glue a lot. It’s a DIYers best friend.

Ready to make your faux succulent wreath?

Step 1: Wrap it up
Start by wrapping your burlap ribbon in even layers around the wreath form.

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Step 2: Trim off
Once you wrap all the way around your wreath form, trim off the burlap. Then, secure the end with a dab of hot glue. Make sure you leave enough ribbon so you can secure the end of the ribbon to the back of the wreath form. You want to keep it pretty, you know?

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Step 3: Prepare the succulents
The faux succulents I purchased came complete with mini pot. So, I had to detach them from the pot then trim the stems off. This way I could hot glue the succulents down flat to the wreath.

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Step 4: Hot glue the succulents
Carefully hot glue the back of each succulent to the wreath. I decided to concentrate my succulents in one area, but you could cover the entire wreath in succulents if you like.

Once you’ve hot glued all of your succulents, your faux succulent wreath is complete!

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Full disclosure: When I went to hang my faux succulent wreath, I noticed that my wreath wanted to dip toward the side with all of the succulents because the weight of them was pulling it down. After some finagling, and placing it just so, I managed to get it hung straight.

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This faux succulent wreath looks fancy, and I love that it’s made from simple craft store items. And, the best part? No plants were harmed in the making of this wreath.

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3 Festive Christmas Wreaths

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Are you still decking the halls and putting the final touches on your Christmas décor?

As Christmas gets closer, I keep finding ways to make my home just a little bit merrier. One Christmas decoration I can’t do without is a wreath. I tend to DIY my own every year. (I can’t stop at just one!) Wreaths are so easy to make yourself.

And, you have so many DIY options. Cover it in yarn or fabric. Make a ruffled burlap wreath. Use candy canes, fake poinsettias or bows. There are so many ideas out there!

If you need a Christmas wreath, then look no further. I’ve got you covered. Here are my three favorite festive wreaths that you can make yourself.


1. DIY Ornament Wreath for $10 or Less

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Add some sparkle to your front door with this ornament wreath made from dollar store materials. Besides saving money when you make your own ornament wreath, you can also customize it any way you want. You get to choose the exact color combination and size. Here’s how you can make your own homemade ornament wreath for $10 or less.

Make your own ornament wreath.


2. DIY Coffee Filter Wreath

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Can you believe this fluffy, snow-like wreath is made from coffee filters? Bring a wintery wonderland vibe to your front door or above your mantle by making your own coffee filter wreath. This DIY coffee filter wreath has big style, but is low budget. Here’s how to make your own.

Learn how to DIY your own coffee filter wreath.


3. Upcycled Fabric Wreath

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If you like to upcycle, then you’ll love this Christmas wreath. I made this fabric wreath using only items from secondhand stores. Scouring thrift stores, I was on the lookout for fabric or clothes in bright, Christmasy reds and greens. Check out how I made this cute upcycled fabric wreath for about $10 from secondhand finds. (It’s super easy to replicate yourself.)

Make your own upcycled fabric wreath.

Want even more Christmas crafts? Try making this DIY Holiday Burlap Garland.

DIY Coffee Filter Wreath

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Can you believe this fluffy, snow-like wreath is made from coffee filters?

Bring a wintery wonderland vibe to your front door or above your mantle by making your own coffee filter wreath. This DIY coffee filter wreath has big style, but is low budget.

Grab a stack of coffee filters, make a pot of coffee (you’ll need some caffeine to power through this DIY) and get crafting.

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A while back I bought a pack of 700 coffee filters from Costco. At $2.59 total, I thought it was a deal that was real, and I figured they would get used up over time. Well, even with my coffee-guzzling habit, at least 500 of those coffee filters were still around after about a year.

Whether you’re like me and need to use up an ill-advised bulk purchase of coffee filters or you want to make a wreath for cheap, this DIY coffee filter wreath is the way to go. You’ll need just three more supplies (besides the coffee filters) to complete the project.

What you’ll need:
– Wreath form (I used a straw wreath form)
– Coffee filters (200-300)
– Hot glue gun
– Hot glue sticks

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Before you get started, you may want to plop down in front of the T.V. This project gets repetitive fast, but that means it’s the perfect way to keep your hands busy while you binge watch Gilmore Girls.

Here’s how to get started.

Step 1: Grab a coffee filter
Place one coffee filter on a flat surface.

Step 2: Fold the coffee filter
Fold the coffee filter in half.

Step 3: Roll it up
Loosely roll up the coffee filter in a cone-like shape.

Step 4: Bend the end
Fold the tip of the cone up part way. You’ll use this little end to hot glue the coffee filter to the wreath form.

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Now, use a dab of hot glue to secure the end of the coffee filter to the wreath form.

(Tip: It’s helpful to use an object, like a plastic spoon, instead of your fingers to push down on the spot where you’re gluing the filter down. I ended up with burned fingertips from trying to only use my fingers.) 

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You’ll repeat those steps over and over. Start gluing coffee filters down near the inside rim of the wreath form and work your way out and around. Don’t glue your coffee filters too close to the inside of the rim, or your coffee filters will fill out too much and will cover up the hole in the middle of the wreath.

And, don’t glue any filters on the back of your wreath form. You want the back of the wreath form to remain uncovered, so it can sit flat against a door or wall.

Use your fingers to fluff up the coffee filters as you go. How close you decide to space the coffee filters will determine how “fluffy” your wreath is.

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When you’re about halfway through, be sure to loop a ribbon through the wreath form and tie it. This way, you’ll easily have a spot to hang your wreath. You want to do this step before you completely fill in the wreath with coffee filters.

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Also, as you fill in your wreath with coffee filters, it gets more and more difficult to hot glue the filters along the edge of the wreath because you can’t see it.

I solved this problem by propping the wreath form on a jar of dark chocolate almonds. The jar held up the wreath so I could see what I was doing and I had snacks at my disposal. Win-win!

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It may take some time, but it’s so rewarding to see your DIY coffee filter wreath come together.

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White coffee filters give the wreath a snowflake-like quality, but I think brown coffee filters would add a nice vintage touch to the wreath. Maybe next year, I’ll make one out of brown coffee filters!