This year I decided to incorporate more live plants into my Holiday decor. I usually lean towards a classic theme and I had a feeling that live succulents would complement that kind of style… I was right!
I loved making these adorable succulent ornaments for my Christmas tree so much and that’s how this succulent table centerpiece came to be.
I have tons and tons of little Echevarria Lolas in my garden, (my favorite), so I thought I would use a few of them as the center of my dining table (You can get the tutorial for my succulent ornaments, here!)
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Since our Christmas tree is in the same room as our dining table, my succulents ornaments and succulent centerpiece will be able to play off each other to create a more synchronized Holiday theme. : )
There’s also two big windows in our dining area, which means the succulents will have access to the indirect sunlight they need every day. (YAY)
What Kind of Succulents Can You Use?
You can use your favorite succulents or whatever you have on hand – you can even mix succulents and cacti for this craft! I love Echevarrias Lolas because they have a rosette shape and subtle coloring, so they can easily be worked into many different types of crafts.
One of the advantages of growing succulents is that you can use them as decor for both indoor and outdoor projects without hurting the plant. Because they’re so sturdy, hardy, and drought tolerant, succulents can adapt to new surroundings and can be replanted or propagated once you want to take down the craft, or in this case, once the Holiday season is over.
This centerpiece is my favorite succulent craft to date and it was SO easy to create. The light jade shade of the Echevarrias against the pops of red and the brown wood shavings really give my dining room that Christmas-y feel I was going for.
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Once I was done making the centerpiece, I simply placed artificial snow on the dining table around the centerpiece, along with some pretty __ .
This craft only took a few minutes to make and you know what the best thing about it is? I now have a beautiful DIY table centerpiece to enjoy throughout the season and on Christmas Day when my husband’s family comes over. It’s one less thing to worry about during the busy Holiday season!
How to Make this DIY Succulent Christmas Centerpiece
Supplies Needed (the supplies below are similar to what I used):
This succulent Christmas craft is completely customizable. I used a Birch Bark Flower Pot Container my mom got me from Michaels because I think it’s the perfect size for a table centerpiece: it’s not tall so it won’t obstruct anyone’s view when they’re sitting down to eat dinner (my pet peeve!).
The container goes well with our dark dining table and the wood shavings give it a nice texture and makes the perfect canvas for pops of red, white, and green.
I love the look of frosted pinecones and use it throughout my Holiday decor, so I knew I had to incorporate a few of them into this centerpiece, along with some artificial snow and little red beads.
The red beads actually come from some cranberry and floral picks I got at a craft store. They inexpensive, so I simply tore the off round beads. I love red in Christmas decor, but you can use whatever color you prefer – gold, silver, green, etc.
To add a more festive element to the centerpiece, I tied sheer ivory ribbon around the container, and used my hot glue gun to glue on a floral decoration I had with 3 leaves and 3 beads. I think it completes the look really well!
Take your container and fill it with Cactus Mix. Using cactus mix is a must! Regular potting soil retains too much moisture and is not ideal for succulents because excess water will cause them to rot. Since this container does not contain a drainage hole, it makes using cactus mix all the more crucial.
Using your hands or a spoon, make 3 small holes in the cactus mix wherever you want your succulents to go. I created one hole (or pit) in the top center of the container and two holes on the sides below it.
Place your succulents into the soil and fill in the spaces with Cactus Mix so that the succulents are sitting atop the soil, as shown below.
Cover the soil with Artificial Snow. The snow is what gives this craft that gorgeous Winter-Wonderful look! Make sure to cover as much of the soil with snow, and carefully place it around the succulents, not on.
I tied some ribbon around my container – it’s all in the details! I used sheer ribbon and then glued some a decorative floral piece to it. It pulled the entire craft together so seamlessly!
Make sure to read how to water this beauty, below, especially if you’re using a container without drainage holes.
How to Water Your Succulent Centerpiece
This container does not have a drainage hole, which means I need to be very mindful of how I water my succulents. I can’t water it too often and when I do water, I can’t water deeply. I can only use small amounts of water each time to make sure that the soil isn’t overly moist or sitting at the bottom of the container. Succulents, especially Echevarria Lolas, may rot if overwatered. (Learn more about the importance of watering succulents the right way, here).
All you have to do in order to water successfully is place a little bit of water onto the soil about once or twice a week, depending on the humidity and temperature inside your home. If you stick your finger into the soil and it feels dry, give it a drink of water using a watering can or a watering squeeze bottle, as shown below
A few small squeezes of your watering bottle is all you’ll need!
I hope you feel inspired by this DIY Succulent centerpiece; now you have a better understanding of how versatile succulents can be! If you’re looking for more decor inspo, check out The Mummy Front’s post on DIY table decoration ideas!
For information about caring for Succulents, you might find these posts helpful: