Faux Succulent Wreath

We love to craft with succulents, but real ones need a lot of care and fake ones from the craft store can be expensive! Then we noticed how much pine cones look like succulents! Plus they are free!
We started by walking the neighborhood collecting all shapes and sizes of pine cones.
In addition to the regular looking ones, we found tiny ones from Redwood Trees and rose shaped pine cones from a Deodor Cedar. If you can't find enough in your area, you can buy bags of pine cones at craft stores.
Some of the pine cones were really big, but we just cut those in half. We tried a hand saw, but found our rose-pruning bypass loppers were much easier. We ended up using both the tops and the bottoms of the pine cones. Both ends look like succulents!
We painted the pine cones green, turquoise, and burgundy. Our friends liked the wreath so much, we had a wreath making party and made green and purple faux succulent wreaths. You can see them here. They're so pretty!
Once we had all the pine cones painted, we glued them to a grapevine wreath and finished the sides with moss. We think it turned out really cool! You can see the whole list of materials we used, plus the step-by-step instructions, here.
Wouldn't it be fun to make faux succulents and use them in a bird cage or in the back of a toy truck? We'll have to try that next.
Remember, if you have any questions or ideas, leave us a comment and we'll reply! We really love hearing from you!
Jennifer & Kitty, The O'Neil Sisters
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  • Julie Case
    Julie Case
    on Oct 5, 2016

    You mentioned doing succulents in a bird cage, how would you go about doing this?

  • Ada21138057
    on May 11, 2017

    u said no more than[325 degrees , ] for how long, do u bake them ? thanks , love the Idea.so clever !
    • Kris
      on Nov 18, 2020

      I soak mine in a 5 gallon bucket with hot water and 1/2 - 1 cup of vinegar. They float so you have to weigh them down with a big rock or something. Let them soak for an hour. Then drain them and put them on a foil-lined cookie sheet in a single layer. Pop them in the oven on 225 degrees for 1 1/2 hrs. Let cool and you are ready to go.

  • Kate
    on Sep 20, 2019

    Hi what kind of paint did you use?

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