Succulent Wearables for May Day, Weddings and More

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Succulent hair ornament
Designer recently conducted a fun workshop at nursery in Encinitas, CA. Katie showed a simple technique for making lovely, long-lasting, succulent-adorned headbands and art-to-wear items. Such easy-to-make succulent-embellished adornments are perfect for weddings, May Day celebrations, Mother’s Day, garden events, and parent-child projects.

Succulent hair ornament

“If you can glue moss to it,” Katie said, “You can glue succulents to it.” Her method is based on the “moss and glue” technique pioneered by designer Laura Eubanks of succulent-topped-pumpkin fame.

Succulent hair ornament

Such wearable art pieces will last a couple of months; spritz occasionally to hydrate the moss. Cuttings may root through the glue into the moss. Remove and plant them, if you like.

Materials:

Flat-surfaced headband, cuff bracelet, etc.

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Several dozen succulent rosettes (1/2-inch or less)

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Trailing succulent such as string-of-pearls or string-of-bananas (Senecio radicans).

Dry moss (available at craft stores)

Glue gun and glue sticks

Scissors for trimming moss

Chopstick for pushing items into place

Optional: Tiny seashells, dried flowers, and/or fresh succulent flowers. Those of Kalanchoe blossfeldiana (supermarket kalanchoe), a Weidner’s specialty, are especially colorful and long-lasting.

Succulent hair ornament

Method:

Glue a layer of moss to the headband, stopping several inches from each end. Trim with scissors.

Chose a focal-point succulent rosette. Glue it slightly off center (on the side opposite your part).

Add several stems of a trailing succulent. Have them dangle from the main rosette past your chin.

Conceal and secure the tops of the dangler’s stems as you glue smaller rosettes around the main one.

Fill in the rest of the headband with rosette succulents, seashells and/or flower clusters.

Succulent hair ornament

Want to watch Katie demonstrate her technique and see more lovely examples?

Hunting succulent cuttings online? Try 

May you have a happy May! – Debra

Succulent hair ornament

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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.
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