How to make a succulent Christmas tree

Perfectly festive for indoors.
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If you’ve been searching for the perfect Christmas tree for a tiny home or apartment but still haven’t found it, look no further than this ingenious mini Christmas tree you can make entirely from succulents!

WATCH: Melissa King makes a succulent tree

That makes them ideal for making a compact living Christmas tree. Unlike other traditional Christmas tree plants, there’ll be no need to worry about pine-needles scattered all over the carpet, and are relatively affordable to buy.

How do you make a real succulent Christmas tree?

The great thing is you can easily pull it apart and display your cacti and succulents in other creative ways once the festive season is over!

How many succulents do you need to make a succulent Christmas tree?

How many succulents you need will vary, depending on the size of your tree. In this DIY, Graham has used around 50 succulents. But that doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy 50 succulent plants. Some succulent plants can give you more than one clipping. Here’s how to prepare succulent cuttings.

How do you take care of a succulent Christmas tree?

Succulents can thrive indoors under the right conditions. They need plenty of direct sunlight and hate being too wet. Water your succulents deeply and then let the soil dry out completely before watering again. 

Have a go at making one with this easy DIY project by Graham Ross for an easy, mess-free tree this year.

Gather your supplies

• Sphagnum moss

• Small cone frame

• Geotextile fabric or breathable liner

• Mix of large, medium and small potted succulents or cuttings

You’ll also need

  • Bucket
  • Shallow pot or bowl
  • Succulent potting mix
  • Scissors
  • Decorative star

Here’s how

Step 1

Step 1
Fill bucket with water and pre-soak sphagnum moss. Cut and line inside of cone with geotextile fabric or similar, ensuring edges overlap. Stuff moss inside cone, squeezing out excess water.

Step 2

Step 2

Stand frame in pot and line sides with sphagnum moss. Plant larger succulents into corners of pot. Backfill with potting mix.

Step 3

Step 3

Cut a slit into fabric and insert a large or medium succulent or cutting. Stuff hole with extra moss to secure. Repeat to cover frame.

Step 4

Step 4

Fill gaps with smaller succulents or moss, then top frame with decorative star.

Step 5

Step 5

And finish it off with the pièce de résistance…

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