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DIY Succulent Bouquet in Mason Jar Mugs!

I have long been enchanted by the long-lasting and lovely succulent bouquet. It is a living succulent arrangement where the plants are wired to resemble flower stems and then slipped into a vase – or mason jar mugs! I am particularly inspired by Debra Lee Baldwin’s bouquets. I still had a few echeveria cuttings left from Mountain Crest Gardens, so — I finally decided to make one. It was so fun! And much easier than it looks. Let me show you how to make a succulent bouquet of your own.

Mason Jar Crafts Meet DIY Succulent Bouquet

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DIY Succulent Bouquet

succulent bouquets in mason jar mugs

Whether used for a wedding, a spectacular centerpiece, or a simple gift, a succulent plant bouquet is a living arrangement that looks beautiful for weeks. Then, simply unwrap the wires and root the succulent stems to grow them into lush plants to be enjoyed for years! This is not just an eco-friendly alternative to cut flowers. Think how meaningful it would be to plant your wedding bouquet or hostess gift, and enjoy a living reminder of the event that flourishes for years to come.

Gather Supplies to Make Your Succulent Bouquet
DIY succulent bouquet supplies

I made my first succulent bouquet in this whimsical succulent mug I designed on Zazzle. But – fair warning – this is a highly addictive project! πŸ™‚ I quickly bought mason jar mugs so I could make many more of these living arrangements!

To make your own DIY succulent bouquet, you will need:

Mason jar mugs, or the equivalent

18″, 22 gauge floral wire, straight – not on a paddle

Floral tape

Wire cutters

Sand – I used builder’s sand from the home store

Succulent cuttings! Be sure to use plenty for a full display

How to Wire Succulents to Form a Floral Stem
how to wire a succulent for a bouquet

Start with healthy succulent cuttings. Leave about 1/2 inch of stem, and be sure the cuttings are clean, with no excess soil.

The key to making a succulent bouquet is to wire your succulent cuttings to form a false “flower stem”. It’s not difficult, but I will include a lot of pictures to show you each step. We’ll use 22 gauge floral wire – it is the perfect balance between strength and flexibility for this project. Be sure to get bare wire – the cloth covered wire is a bit bulkier and more difficult for this project. Because the mason jar mugs are short, cut your 18″ floral wire into halves.

I started with my echeveria Captain Hay. Pierce the stem with the floral wire. Take care – it is very sharp! Avoid using your thumb as a backstop as you push the wire through the stem. I am typing from experience here!

Add a Second Wire to Your Succulent Stem
adding second wire to succulent stem

For a large and heavy cutting like this, you will need a lot of support. Using a second wire, pierce the stem again, at a right angle to the first one. Your 2 wires should cross, like a plus sign.

Fold The Floral Wire Down
creating a wire stem for a succulent

Now, fold the wires together. This forms the foundation and the strength of your succulent flower stem.

Attach Floral Tape to Succulent Stem
how to tape the wire stem for a succulent

In floral arranging, you always want to hide the mechanics. Attach floral tape to the base of the succulent stem. Floral tape is cool stuff! It does not become sticky until you gently stretch it. Then it sticks really well, especially to itself. Holding the end of the tape against the stem, gently stretch a few inches of the tape and wrap it around the wires.

Wrapping the Stems for Succulent Bouquet
wrap the wire stem for succulent with floral tape

Continue to gently stretch the floral tape a few inches at a time. Slowly twirl the wire stem as you guide the tape around and down the succulent stem.

finished false stem for succulent bouquet

When you get to the end, just snip or tear the tape and smooth it down. Now you have your first succulent stem fully wired and ready. Repeat this process for the other cuttings you will use in your succulent bouquet. I like to use a mix of rosettes and other forms for texture and interest.

Prepare Many Succulent Stems for the Bouquet
adding sedum jelly bean plant to succulent bouquet

I continued to make succulent stems for the sedum clavatum just the same way I did for the large echeveria. Although they are much smaller, maybe just an inch across, I felt that using 2 crossed floral wires gave them a strength and stability that was good to work with.

Then I decided this sedum rubrotinctum (jelly bean plant) would add wonderful texture, and the deep blush color would really pop! But I needed a different technique for these slimmer stems.

How to Wire Fragile Succulent Stems
how to wire a fragile succulent stem for bouquet

I soon found that the jelly bean sedum’s stems were too fragile to reliably wire the way I did for the others. So I used a different technique. Bend your 9″ wire in half, and tape it to the stem without piercing it.

Wiring Fragile Succulent Stems
wrapped sedum jelly bean stem for succulent bouquet

It was harder for me to coordinate the tape, the wire and the succulent when I did not connect the wire through the stem first. I found it easier to first tear off about 3″ of the tape, attach the wire to the stem with that, and wrap it. Then, continue to wrap the stem with the floral tape. While it felt a bit more awkward, the result doesn’t show it at all. Sweet!

Assemble the Succulent Bouquet Stems in Mason Jar Mugs
succulent bouquet in mason jar mugs

Add the sand to your mason jar mug. You need the weight of the sand to keep the heavy stems erect and in place in your bouquet. You can do sand art with layers of colored sand if you like. For these mason jar mugs, I liked the simplicity of the builders sand. Now, add the succulent stems and arrange them in a pleasing fashion. I love the way the sedum rubrotinctum adds pops of explosive color to coordinate with the tips of the echeveria’s leaves!

I made a simple bow from burlap ribbon to complete the look, (and to hide the base of the wire stems as they enter the sand).

echeveria and sedum clavatum in succulent bouquet

The succulents you choose completely change the look and personality of the succulent bouquet.

succulent bouquet in glass mason jar mugs

So does a change of the ribbon.

echeveria and blooms in succulent bouquet

You can even create flower stems for echeveria flowers! They last a long time, and even the dried blooms both retain wonderful color and stay attached to their stem. Because I was adding so much bright coloring and texture through the blooms, I kept the succulents themselves a simple green.

Caring for Succulent Bouquet

succulent mug in glass mason jar mug

I had such fun making these pretty succulent bouquets! They should last beautifully for 4-6 weeks before the succulents outgrow the arrangement. Are you surprised to learn they continue to grow? They are still living plants! Provide bright light indoors, or bright but indirect light outdoors. Do not leave them in full sun.

In a few weeks’ time, you’ll be ready to plant the succulents. Cut the wires an inch below the bottom of the succulent stem. Unwrap the tape, and slide the wire out of the stems. You may see roots already forming. Slip the stem into dry succulent soil, and water lightly. Set them in bright, indirect light, out of the sun. Water lightly every couple of weeks until they are fully rooted. Then gradually introduce them to more light, and enjoy!

DIY Succulent Bouquet in Mason Jar Mugs

DIY succulent bouquet in mason jar mugs

There you have it! My DIY succulent bouquet in mason jar mugs! I really love them. And it is much easier to do that I had thought. What do you think? Will you be making some? I would love to know – and to see your final arrangements! Please take a moment to leave a comment – or send me an email with the pix!

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  1. Barbara

    Now this is beautiful I will try this,what would be a price on a jar to sell at the farmers market,And the Succulents are still growing the 4-6 weeks no watering?

    1. Kat McCarthy

      Hi Barbara,
      You will be surprised how easy this is! I think the pricing for farmers markets may vary a bit, but I have sold them here for $20. (I really struggle with pricing!)
      Yes – they not only live, but grow! In 4-6 weeks, I just clip the wires about an inch below the succulent’s stem. Unwrap the tape and pull the wire from the stem. Often there are roots that have begun to develop. Slip the stem into dry succulent soil, and root it and grow! πŸ™‚

  2. Peggy Ridge

    WOW! You knocked it out of the ballpark with this one!
    It is delightfully unique, and your instructions are as clear as a bell. Thank you so much for sharing it!
    A friend sent this link to me, and I’m about to send it off to another friend. But here’s a question: Would you mind if I posted it on Facebook? I’d post the link to your page, of course.

    Thank you very much,

    1. Kat McCarthy

      Hi Peggy,
      Thanks SO much! πŸ™‚ I was nervous to try this – and now I am absolutely hooked! πŸ™‚
      Please feel free to share this post to Facebook. Thanks so much for sharing!
      Thanks, Peggy!

    1. Kat McCarthy

      Thanks SO much, Tammie!
      I was really nervous to try – and they turned out to be so easy! πŸ™‚

  3. Nanda

    This is so fun! And Beautiful! I saw Debra Baldwin had done one with the sand art, said. I like yours with just sand too! I am in the process of making a bouquet for my daughter’s flute recital next week. Thanks for sharing! I did not know how to do the small ones, like the jelly beans. That’s a good idea. I leave a bigger stem on the succulents, I learned from Cindy Davison,.from Succulent Perch. So now I have three people with three good ideas!

    1. Kat McCarthy

      Hi Nanda,
      I just LOVE Debra Lee Baldwin’s bouquets! I studied her video tutorials. And Cindy Davison is just amazing, isn’t she? I would love to see what you make for your daughter’s recital! Will you share a few pictures? πŸ™‚
      Thanks so much for reading!

  4. Barbara

    Hello there I wanted to know if you have made a Lavender Wreath I have fresh lavender coming and would like do wreaths and sell at the Farmers Market I know they would also last a long time! Thanks Kathy love you sharing your creativity ❀️

    1. Kat McCarthy

      Hi Barbara,
      I have not done this myself – but I think dried lavender wreaths are wonderful!
      I’m pretty sure you should dry the lavender first – for best color and fragrance – before applying to the wreath.
      I also think dried lavender wands would be a wonderful addition to a succulent wreath – just in case you’re considering that! πŸ™‚
      I’d LOVE to see photos when you’re done!

  5. Amy Goldsworth

    This is such an awesome project, thank you for sharing your thorough step by step instructions and tips! I am trying this and have a couple questions about succulents that would or would not work: 1. Would Aeoniums like work? I know their stems are thick enough; but, I wondered if their leaves would “droop”/loose their “spring” quickly? 2. What about Kalanchoes like “Panda Plant” and “Chocolate Soldier” work? Which species have you found to work best? THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!

    1. Kat McCarthy

      Hi Amy,
      I have had good success with Aeonium Kiwi. I have not yet tried it with really large Aeonium, like Sunburst, but I think it would work… It would likely take 6 wires, though, to support it.
      I have had good success with Kalanchoe tomentosa Chocolate Soldier and Teddy Bear. I haven’t tried Silver Panda, but it should work just as well.
      I really like working with echeveria, and Sedum rubrotinctum Aurora – pink jellybeans lasts forever, believe it or not. But I do better with succulents that have a reasonably stiff stem. With Senecio String of Pearls, once I can manage to get the fragile stems wrapped well, they have lasted. But my manual dexterity and/or patience is not good enough for me to want to fuss with them again. πŸ™‚
      I would love to see pictures once you do this!

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