Succulents are hugely popular these and these Moss Covered Succulent Eggs are super easy to create and will make a beautiful centerpiece for Easter, spring or even to celebrate Norooz, the Persian New Year.
I love being creative and creating new things. It could be a new recipe, a new photograph, a new kitchen design or even a new craft. With all the work I have done with food, the crafty side often gets neglected. When my kids were little, elementary school age, we did a lot of crafts and artsy fartsy work together. And this was before Pinterest inspired us with so many wonderful options! As they got older, it’s like that side of me disappeared. So one of goals for 2017 is to get more crafty and share my creations on the blog. So keep your glue gun handy, folks!
Spring is around the corner. Of course, if you are buried in snow, it’s probably looking like a BIG corner. But for me, who thrives on sunshine and melts when the sun goes down, this means the end to the winter blues. The first day of spring marks the first day of the Persian new year, Norooz. Eggs represent rebirth in so many cultures, so it is not surprising to see so many egg decorations at this time of year. Decorating eggs aren’t just for Easter! This year, I wanted to try something new.
Living in California, we have been living under a drought warning for several years. Of course, the torrential downpours from a few weeks ago replenished most of our water reservoirs. But despite this, many homeowners, myself included, tore up our green grass (well it did turn brown from the water restrictions) and we landscaped our yards with native drought-tolerant plants. For me, the choices were easy. I turned to my culinary side. We have 4 varieties of sage, 2 varieties of rosemary and lavender, too.
I also discovered my love for succulents. They come in a wide array of colors, shapes and sizes. And succulents are ridiculously easy to propagate, too. One leaf can produce an entirely new plant (learn more about propagating succulents here). While I began planting new arrangements with my succulents, leaves of course would easily fall off, and I found myself growing a tray full of baby succulents. My neighbor shares my passion for succulents, and we would snap pictures of our progress and share them with each other. We also visited local nurseries, like Cordova Gardens, to find more varieties of succulents. My husband would see my succulent collection grow and wondered what I was doing. I began to feel my creative spirit flowing again.
But what to do with these baby succulents? One of the Boy Scouts in my son’s troop propagated succulents for a year or two and planted his former elementary school’s hillside with them, as part of his Eagle project. I decided to try something a bit smaller: succulent eggs.
Last October, I’m sure you saw many pumpkin centerpieces with gorgeous succulents on top. For Christmas, my friend Dorothy/Shockingly Delicious created succulent trees by gluing them to styrofoam cones. For Valentine’s Day, I saw heart shaped succulent arrangements. But the only thing I saw for spring, were growing succulents in eggshells. Cute, resourceful, but not quite what I was looking for.
Now for these succulent eggs I started with cardboard brown craft eggs. But you can totally do this with plastic eggs, too. I realized when I started this project that I had donated my tub of plastic eggs because, well, the kids were OLD and boring.
The process is simple. You hot glue moss to cover the egg entirely. I found adhesive backed moss and used that instead. Just cut a rectangle, peel the paper and wrap the egg. You do have to cut slits and remove the excess moss because you don’t want bulges on your eggs.
Once the eggs are covered completely with moss, the fun really starts: designing your miniature succulent arrangement on the egg. If you have a massive quantity of babies, and I’m talking the size of 1/4 to 1/2-inch, you can cover the entire egg with them. But, I wanted a natural look, with the moss showing. So I made small arrangements on one side of each egg. Some of the eggs I glued the baby succulents on top of the egg. The more variety of shapes, sizes and colors of baby succulents you have the better. You can watch me make these eggs in the video at the top of the post!
I am totally in love with how these beautiful succulent eggs turned out.
Remember, succulents do not need a lot of water. And for the sake of these babies, a weekly spritz of water is all they need. Of course, if you live in a dry climate, they might need water twice a week, and if you live in a humid environment, your succulents will need less water. Little roots will form as the baby succulents mature. And as they get bigger, you can transfer them to a more permanent location, and into a pot.
These moss covered succulent eggs would look beautiful sitting in egg cups on your mantle, or as part of an Easter arrangement for your table and even collected together by your window. The Perisan haft seen for Norooz always has decorated eggs. And this year, mine will have these lovely succulent eggs.