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How to make a succulent necklace out of backyard sedums and Sempervivums

How to make a succulent necklace out of backyard sedums and Sempervivums

Succulent necklaces are still having a moment because I said so.

I love making them (seriously, holler if you’d like one made for you) and I want you to try your hand at it too.

No special trip to the garden center for this one, these are all hardy Sedums and Sempervivums from the backyard

No special trip to the garden center for this one, these are all hardy Sedums and Sempervivums from the backyard

This one is extra fun/sustainable, in that it’s just made with trimmings from backyard Sedums and Sempervivums, instead of succulents from the garden center. This way you can remove the cuttings afterwards, throw them in your garden beds and have more plants from the cuttings. Just like that.

Or you can just chuck the whole necklace into the garden and hope for the best.

Here’s how:

Step one: collect some backyard Sedum! If you don’t have any, we can back this truck up just long enough to tell you that YOU SHOULD. They are cool, tough plants and you’re a cool, tough person so you can see it’s a match!

Step one: collect some backyard Sedum! If you don’t have any, we can back this truck up just long enough to tell you that YOU SHOULD. They are cool, tough plants and you’re a cool, tough person so you can see it’s a match!

Step two: gather or purchase this stuff- some reindeer moss (or other preserved moss), a chain and closure, jump rings, a piece of shrink film, scissors, a sharpie and a hot glue gun (with glue). You will also need a hole punch, needle nose pliers, oven and baking tray of some kind. Preferably vintage Jadeite but IDK.  I also really like to add little crystals or fancy stones, but not today.

Step two: gather or purchase this stuff- some reindeer moss (or other preserved moss), a chain and closure, jump rings, a piece of shrink film, scissors, a sharpie and a hot glue gun (with glue). You will also need a hole punch, needle nose pliers, oven and baking tray of some kind. Preferably vintage Jadeite but IDK.

I also really like to add little crystals or fancy stones, but not today.

Step three: Your base shape doesn't have to be this shape , but it really is an easy one to work with. You’ll want to make your necklace base about twice as big as you want the end product.

Step three: Your base shape doesn't have to be this shape , but it really is an easy one to work with. You’ll want to make your necklace base about twice as big as you want the end product.

Step four: Pop some holes in the base. Even if this isn’t perfect, honestly plants will make it better, As they do in all aspects of life.

Step four: Pop some holes in the base. Even if this isn’t perfect, honestly plants will make it better, As they do in all aspects of life.

Step five: Bake it up! I’m not sure if you’ve spent enough time playing with shrink film as an adult but I highly recommend it. Follow the directions on the product’s package but it usually only takes a minute or two.

Step five: Bake it up! I’m not sure if you’ve spent enough time playing with shrink film as an adult but I highly recommend it. Follow the directions on the product’s package but it usually only takes a minute or two.

Step six: It’s super tedious but somehow just get this stuff all attached.

Step six: It’s super tedious but somehow just get this stuff all attached.

Step seven: Oh good, you figured it out. Now you’re ready to gluuuuuuuuuue!

Step seven: Oh good, you figured it out. Now you’re ready to gluuuuuuuuuue!

Step eight: I started with a base of glued-down reindeer moss. This is lousy reindeer moss from the dollar store, I don’t recommend it. I prefer the chartreuse green stuff from any craft store.

Step eight: I started with a base of glued-down reindeer moss. This is lousy reindeer moss from the dollar store, I don’t recommend it. I prefer the chartreuse green stuff from any craft store.

Step nine: This is one of those things where a) more is more and b) you just have to keep moving things around until you like how it all lays.  The hot glue somehow doesn’t bother the plant cutting AT ALL and it’s very odd.    You can wear this al long as it holds together, I kept mine in a Gladware container in the fridge with some damp paper towns for WEEKS.  One note of caution though… do not wear your sedum necklace in extremely cold weather, it’ll freeze and look like that bag of forgotten green onions in the bottom of your fridge before your event is trough.

Step nine: This is one of those things where a) more is more and b) you just have to keep moving things around until you like how it all lays.

The hot glue somehow doesn’t bother the plant cutting AT ALL and it’s very odd.

You can wear this al long as it holds together, I kept mine in a Gladware container in the fridge with some damp paper towns for WEEKS.

One note of caution though… do not wear your sedum necklace in extremely cold weather, it’ll freeze and look like that bag of forgotten green onions in the bottom of your fridge before your event is trough.

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