It’s no surprise to me that succulents are still extremely popular in both floral and landscape design. With their fun colors and extreme texture, they can be seen everywhere from the bride's bouquet to her groomsmen's boutonnieres.
I’ve been finding them around town as household decor, as well as tucked into nooks and crannies in a rock garden.
A few weekends ago, I was involved with an open house where I features some cute, little, minty green succulents in my arrangements. I had a guest ask about how the technique I used to incorporate the succulents into the centerpieces.
I briefly gave her a description but today I’ll walk you through the process with some step by step pictures.
Supplies needed are 18 gauge wire, wire cutters, floral pick, and floral tape.
First I inspect the succulent and remove any damaged leaves. Handle with care!
Next, I flip him over to check out the back side. Most just have a tiny stub,so I need to create a faux stem.
Then, I cut a 3 inch piece of wire and stab him right through the thick part. It sometimes helps to have a bit of a curve in your piece of wire so you can thread it through like you’re stitching up a wound.
After that, I bend the wire all the way down to make a fake stem. The floral pick lays right against the wire stems and I wrap the little copper wire around both items to bind them together. There are several different pick lengths, choose a longer one if you’re doing a tall arrangement or a bridal bouquet. This is called "picking" and can be done with any brittle flowers (some roses, dahlias, etc) or any decor item.
I could stop there, but to insure extra stability, I wind the entire length of the pick with floral tape so it’s extra strong. Make sure to stretch your floral tape taunt as you wrap. That’s what activates the stickiness. There you go!
Do up as many as you need all in advance and get to artfully crafting your arrangement.
The theme for this wedding table was Minty Magic.
This look is great for brides who want a lovely wedding without being overwhelmed with flowers.
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