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On Friday my husband came home with a flat of 15 succulents for the house, which I used to create this Easy Succulent Centerpiece.
I wasn’t expecting to receive 15 plants, and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with them when my husband gave them to me. Honestly, I was a little less enthusiastic about this gift than he hoped for! He thought we could plant them outside, but that doesn’t really work in our climate because it is too wet.
So I turned to Pinterest to help me figure out something to do with all these unexpected plants. And it turns out that ideas for using succulents creatively are all over Pinterest. I found a Tabletop Succulent Wreath from J. Peterson Garden Designs, which I thought looked really cool. Â So I used it as an inspiration to make a design of succulents surrounding a candle.
The original design used a wire wreath frame, but I used a simple saucer for the base, the kind that is made to go under large garden containers. I bought a black plastic 12 inch saucer for about $5, and used it to hold the plants. I wanted a candle in the center, and I figured that for safety reasons I should use one that was in a glass jar, since I don’t want to accidentally set the plants on fire! My sister in law gave me a candle for my birthday that worked perfectly. And since it has a lid I can water the succulents without getting the candle wet.
I spread a layer of small stones in the bottom of the saucer, and then topped it with dirt and arranged the plants somewhat symmetrically. The entire project only took about 20 minutes to make, and it came out looking great! It is now the centerpiece on my dining room table, and really adds some interest to the room.
- Candle in Glass Jar
- Shallow saucer
- Put the candle in the center of the saucer.
- Spread a layer of gravel in the saucer.
- Top with a layer of Cactus soil.
- Add the succulents, pushing the roots down into the gravel to hold them upright.
- Top with more soil.