Craft a creepy and fun wreath to welcome guests to your home this Halloween. Begin with a bag of (fake) skeleton bones and a grapevine wreath and embellish with cool and colorful succulents.
This wreath looks great on a door surrounded by pots of colorful fall annuals like croton and mums.
This project will take a couple of hours to complete, but doesn’t require much more skill than operating a glue gun and twisting wire. While it looks stunning with the succulents, pleasing results can be achieved without the succulents.
How to Make a Skeleton Wreath with Succulents:
1. Glue skeleton
Begin by arranging the skeleton bones around the wreath form in a way that you like. It helps to begin with the larger bones and add the hands and feet last. After you’ve planned the arrangement, use the glue gun to affix the pieces around the wreath. Let dry for at least an hour.
2. Embellish the Wreath
To embellish the wreath with succulents, first wrap wires around the plants. Shake off excess dirt from succulents and gently wrap floral wire around the base of the stems. Insert wired succulents into the wreath, tucking plants around the bones.
3. Attach the skull
Poke holes into the top and bottom of the skull and insert floral wire. Tie off at the bottom. Use floral wire to attach to the inside top of the wreath. On the back of the wreath, make a loop of wire for hanging.
4. Hang wreath
Attach to your door from a Command hook or wreath hanger. A wreath with succulents will last a couple of weeks in moderate temperatures if you mist every few days. When succulents start to fade, remove them and plant in cactus potting mix in pots for indoor or outdoor growing. Learn more about growing succulents here.
Make a Skeleton and Succulent Centerpiece
If you don’t have enough time for a wreath, use the skeleton and succulents to make a centerpiece. Begin with a large, shallow container and fill with a base of sphagnum or Spanish moss. Nestle in the skull and bones and tuck in succulents (still in their pots) along with blooms like fading hydrangeas and even a few silk flowers. Mist the succulents every few days, being careful not to soak the rest of the arrangement.
Photos by Laura Mercer