UPDATED JAN. 5, 2015
This "Living, Succulent Tapestry Pillow" was designed by Shirley Bovshow and created in less than five minutes!
* The video from the Home & Family show is on automatically, if you would like to turn it off, please scroll down and press the "play" button.
(Hopefully, you'll want to watch it).
One of my favorite "garden craft" designs is the "Living Tapestry Succulent Pillow" that I originated a few years ago for my live presentation at Epcot in Walt Disney World.
Ever since then, I've been tweaking it out and I really like how it looks these days.
I had the opportunity to present the succulent pillow on the "Home & Family" show which airs weekdays on the Hallmark channel.
Watch my garden segment on Home & Family show.
The one I created for Home and Family is a bit more fancy, but the succulent pillow instructions are the same.
Original Blog Post
I'm making a living succulent tapestry pillow for my presentation at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival!
It's part of my "10-Ways to Incorporate Art in Your Garden," presentation and is an affordable and easy garden craft to make.
Here's a video I recorded a couple of years ago for the succulent pillow.
Watch us make the succulent pillow on my web series, "Way to Grow" on the Digs channel on YouTube.
It is a Shirley original, as far as I know, (a vision came to me for it while watching Citizen Kane).
Inspiration comes from the most unlikely places!
This pillow is so easy to make that you will feel guilty accepting compliments for it.
Here we go.
Materials for Living Succulent Tapestry Pillow
Outdoor pillow in solid color- avoid prints if you want your plants to be the focal point.
1 large bag of sphagnum moss (moistened)
3 small succulent cuttings or 3"-inch potted plants
A sense of style
- Open the seam of pillow on one side and remove all the stuffing.
- Stuff the pillow with moist sphagnum moss
- Position your succulents where you would like them. (Groups of three or more look nice)
- Remove the succulent from the pot, remove half of the soil and wrap pantyhose around root ball to keep intact.
4. Cut slits where you want to place your succulents and gently insert the plants.
Open an area in the moss and insert succulent root so that it's not free-floating in a sea of moss.
You may want to add a "fringe" effect to the pillow by using a trailing plant such as fishtail senecio.
If you like a true pillow look, you can add Velcro to close the pillow.
Or, leave it open and crown the pillow with a focal point plant like a small aeonium or echeveria.
You are done and ready to receive your praise!
Place your living succulent tapestry pillow on an outdoor bench or other water-safe surface in a part shade area.
Don't subject your pillows to harsh sunlight.
Water by misting roots once a week and less frequently in the winter time.
If you leave an opening on top of pillow, you can add water there and it will flow down to water your succulents.
Cold winter gardeners can over-winter their succulent pillows indoors and place on a pebble tray.
Succulent pillows can last for a few years although you may want to plant the cuttings in the garden once they get bigger.
Enjoy the compliments!
If you like my succulent pillow, pin it on Pinterest and tell your friends about it.