It can be easy to take the beauty of plants for granted, but succulents, clustered together into a ball, make a striking living arrangement. Succulents come in many unique shapes, colors, textures and sizes and can add drama and interest to the décor of any room.
Plus, succulents are easy to care for. If you’re always forgetting to water your houseplants, succulents are the perfect plants for you. Hang this lush succulent ball as a centerpiece for your next party, or just use it to beautify your porch or patio.
Make a Hanging Succulent Ball:
Step 1: Create the frame
With bolt-cutters, or heavy-duty wire-cutters, cut three pieces of 12-gauge wire each 25” long. Loop each piece of wire into a circle, overlapping the ends by 1”. Bind the ends of each circle together with thinner 24-gauge wire.
Arrange the three circles together into a sphere, and secure in place with the 24-gauge wire everywhere the wires overlap.
Step 2: Create the form
Wearing thick gloves to protect against sharp ends, bend a layer of poultry netting around the sphere. Wrap around, securing the netting to the sphere until all but one end is enclosed. Trim excess netting with wire-cutters but leave enough to close the opening later.
Step 3: Line and fill the sphere
Line the inside of the sphere with a layer of sheet moss. Fill with succulent potting soil. Fold the ends of the poultry netting around the open end, and secure closed by twisting the netting around itself.
Step 4: Plant the form
Remove succulents from their pots, and shake off excess soil. Poke a hole through the moss and into the soil of the sphere, place the roots of the succulent into the soil, and tuck the moss around it.
If the roots are too large to fit through the holes of the poultry netting, use the wire-cutters to snip the netting until the hole is large enough. Bend it back into place after you’ve planted the succulent. Continue planting until the orb is filled.
Step 5: Hang the orb
Tie a piece of rope or twine to the ball at one of the points where the wire frame pieces overlap, and hang the orb.
Tip: Keep your succulents healthy by giving the entire ball a deep soaking when soil is dry to the touch, about twice a month. Let it drain outdoors or over a sink.
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