- rubber gloves
- wire wreath form
- sphagnum moss
- small, well-rooted plants
- fishing line
- candle holders
- floral u-pins
Easy steps to a beautiful, living wreath:
Note:Always wear rubber or latex gloves to handle sphagnum moss.
It may carry bacteria which causes a skin infection.
- Spread newspaper on your work surface. This project is messy and wet.
- Soak sphagnum moss in warm water for 15-30 minutes.
- Tie end of fishing line onto the wreath form
- Layer moss generously in wreath form.
- Arrange plants and candle holders loosely on top of the moss.
- Add more wet moss to cover roots of first plant.
- Begin wrapping fishing line securely around moss and plant.
- Continue adding moss and securing with fishing line.
- Place candle holder spike in moss; cover base with moss; secure with line.
- Continue around form until all plants and candle holders are placed.
- Tie off fishing line.
- Select small plants with similar moisture needs. Lavender, rosemary, and thyme all do best in well-drained soil. They will work well together in a wreath.
- Ivy works very well in a living wreath. It likes to be in a damp environment.
- As you build the wreath by adding moss, watch the shape. Your wreath should be about the same size all the way around.
- Loop the fishing line firmly around the wreath form. Be sure to catch the plants and the candle holders.
- After your wreath is planted, pay attention to it. The moss dries out rapidly. These wreaths require daily attention, but they are worth it.
- Use floral u-pins to control the plants.
- Keep the plants well-groomed. Clip sprigs of plants as they grow.
- Use an awl to poke a hole in the moss; insert the cut off sprigs. They may root.