Back in December, I had the pleasure of participating in a Secret Santa swap with a group of bloggers. In addition to Christmas gifts, we also sent each other thrift store items to use or upcycle in our homes. I’m thrilled today to reveal my thrift flip: a faux succulent wreath made in a vintage ring mold! Come take a look!
Sara Syrett of Twelve on Main was my shopper, and she sent me this awe.some vintage ring mold! There’s definite wear and some dings and dents, but it’s a good heavy piece that’s sound and nicely sized at 10″ across.
Originally, these pans were used for cooking, of course. Search around the internets for some good retro ring mold recipes, and you’ll get a glimpse at how much tastes have changed! There were lots of meat-and-gelatin concoctions going on back in the day, and green peas were in everything, it seems. Take this gorgeous tuna ring with peas and mushrooms, garished with canned peach halves for instance…
Certainly, there are updated recipes that use ring molds (or bundt pans) and even gelatin…but we’ve thankfully stopped combining it with meat products. This rice ring with a savory stew looks delicious, and the jello creations have come a long way also! Gorgeous fruited ice rings for punch bowls are now a common use for the ring molds, also.
I actually knew right away when I unpacked the ring that I’d use it for a wreath, and likely a succulent version. The lure of pinterest is too great for me, though, so I poked around a bit to see what others had done and wasn’t disappointed. The advent wreath below by Miss Mustard Seed (who can do no wrong) is lovely in its simplicity, and I love this vintage ornament take on the concept as well! Ultimately, though, I stayed with my original idea to use succulent plants…faux ones, of course, because I can’t keep plants alive. Even the “easy to care for” ones, apparently.
Faux Succulent Ring Mold Wreath
I love succulent plants, and I’ve tried unsuccessfully to grow them. Seems I kill all plants; clearly, plastic is the path for me! There are gorgeous varieties at Hobby Lobby, but they’re a bit out of my price range and are usually excluded from the sales. So, when I came across a box of decent looking faux succulent picks at the dollar store, I started stockpiling! With the arrival of the ring mold, I suddenly had a reason to use them!
Step 1: Supplies. The ring pan, my stash of succulent picks, a foam wreath, reindeer moss for filler, hot glue gun and glue sticks. With the exception of the pan, everything came from the dollar store! Can’t do better than that!
Step 2: Fit foam. My foam wreath was bigger than the pan, so I cut it in half with a knife to trim some off. It actually cracked when I tried to flex it into the pan, but that’s not a problem since it will get completely covered. It fit snuggly in the pan, so I wasn’t concerned about it falling out…otherwise, you could certainly glue it down.
Step 3: Place your plants. I used a wire cutters (a really rusty pair, apparently!) to trim down the stems of the succulent picks. Word to the wise: don’t take too much off at first, like I did! You need the stem long enough to poke into the foam, taking into account the depth of the pan. After you have everything where you want it, you can always trim them down further.
Arrange your plants around the wreath, spacing similar plants away from each other and varying varieties and textures as you go. There was one pick I had that was actually three small succulent plants bound together, so I cut them apart to use as smaller filler between some of the big plants. Don’t worry if you can see the foam between the plants; we’ll take care of that next.
Step 4: Glue in filler and plants. Instead of trying to cram the reindeer moss between the succulent pics, I found it worked best to remove them. Take a few out at a time (you’ll see the holes left in the foam where they go), drizzle some hot glue, and push down a clump of moss. Warning: moss is messy! It doesn’t have to be glued super-securely, because the plants will help keep it all in place. Just tack it down.
I glued and placed the succulent plants back into place as I went. Otherwise, it was too hard keeping track of where I intended everything to go…and I was losing track of the holes in all the moss-mess. Just drop a good amount of glue right into the hole and push the plant down.
Step 5: Survey and enjoy! I decided against placing any of the trailing varieties of succulent plants in the wreath because they didn’t work well with the edges of the ring mold. When everything was in place, I realized I didn’t like the long shoots that were in the center of two plants, either, so I trimmed them off. I used the tiny plant buds from the shoots to fill in a few blank spots in the design; if you look closely at the very bottom of the wreath, you can see one!
I grabbed a length of pink burlap ribbon and hung the wreath simply in a kitchen window. It’s so sweet, and the vintage ring mold is the perfect vibe for a kitchen or eating space! I may have The Hubs drill a little hole through the back sometime so I can hang it from a nail, too…
I used it to style a quick centerpiece for a dinner we’re hosting tomorrow night. It’s the birthday of a good friend, so I picked up some daffodils for her…the splash of spring is fresh and wonderful since the snow is still falling! The succulent wreath is just as lovely on the table, and shows off the blooms perfectly!
So, that’s it! A faux succulent wreath using dollar store materials! It’s a cheap and easy way to DIY one of the hottest wreath trends! I’d love to hear what you think if you drop me a line in the comments below. And please take a few minutes to see what the other bloggers in our swap group did with their Thrift Flip items!
1. The Dean’s List Blog // 2. Pretty Practical Home // 3. Casa Watkins 4. The Twin Cedars // 5. Our Crafty Mom // 6. Twelve on Main // 7. Creatively Homespun // 8. My Life From Home // 9. Hobnail House // 10. Domicile 37 // 11. Beauteeful Living // 12. Knock it off Crafts 13. Pocket of Posies 14. The Weathered Fox // 15. Shabby Grace Blog