How to Make a Succulent Hanging Ball

A modern twist on a hanging basket, this succulent ball can be tailored to your liking. Hang the orb from your porch or the side of a garden shed.

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This colorful succulent hanging is a modern twist on a hanging basket. Prep succulents a day before you start this project—the succulent cuttings will need to develop scabs where the stem is cut. To prepare, simply remove succulent plants from their pots and wipe away any excess dirt. Clip succulents, leaving a stem to insert into the form.

Learn everything you need to know about succulents.

What You Need

  • 2 identical metal hanging baskets with coco liner
  • Succulent/cactus soil
  • 2 florist foam blocks
  • Cardboard
  • Zip ties
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Screwdriver or awl
  • Floral wire
  • Succulent plants
  • Floral pins
  • Chain

Step 1: Make Succulent Hanging Ball

Fill each succulent hanging basket partly with soil. Place one floral block in each basket and finish filling the baskets with soil. Place cardboard on top of one succulent hanging basket. Firmly hold and flip onto the other basket top. Make sure the hanging baskets plants are lined up and slowly start pulling the cardboard out. Before completely removing cardboard, secure with a zip tie. Continue removing the cardboard, adding ties as needed.

Step 2: Add Moss

Soak sphagnum moss in water and squeeze out excess. Apply wet moss to succulent hanging ball. Secure moss by wrapping in floral wire. Keep doing so until the entire orb is covered.

Step 3: Insert Succulents

To add succulents, use a screwdriver or awl to poke holes in moss succulent hanging ball. Be sure to leave room between plants for growth. Use floral pins to secure if necessary.

The hanging succulent plants will take about six months to fully grow. In the meantime, leave your succulent hanging ball sitting in a container—you won't want to hang it upright until roots have fully grown.

Editor's Tip: If you want to keep your succulent hanging ball outdoors all year round, choose hanging succulent plants that are cold hardy. Sedums and hens and chicks work are types of cold-hardy succulents that will work great in this project.

Step 4: Add Chain

Once your succulent hanging ball is officially ready to be hung, you'll attach the chain to the bottom of the ball. From there, add a few more plant cuttings to the empty parts of the orb.

Editor's Tip: To water your hanging succulent plants, submerge it in water and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes. Be sure to let your succulent hanging ball dry completely between waterings.

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