Succulents are hearty plants that require little water, making them the perfect crafting accessory for these Moss Covered Succulent Bunnies — a beautiful way to celebrate spring!
A few years ago, San Diego starting implementing harsher water conservation restrictions because of the drought and low rainfall here. Everyone started transforming their yards, removing grass and adding more drought tolerant plants.
My husband and I ended up changing up both our front and backyards. Our backyard is small and my husband really wanted it all to be concrete.
I hate it. I won’t lie. I absolutely hate it. I told hubby that I was going to fill the yard up with a gazillion pots and planters and fill them all up as many flowers and plants that I like. Staying water-wise, I started with my latest love: succulents.
How to propagate succulents
Succulents thrive in dry climates (yay for me) and require little water (another yay). They also come in a wide array of shapes, colors and sizes, plus most of them sprout bright and unusual flowers several times a year. Another plus?
They are also super easy to propagate! One leaf can produce an entirely new plant. Most succulents just require you to lay one fully intact leaf on some dirt and let the end dry up callous for a couple of days. I keep a planter full of random succulent leaves by a sunny window because direct sun can dry out and kill the succulent leaves before they sprout babies.
I spritz the soil every now and again with water and wait to see roots form. Eventually they sprout babies and the mother leaf dies. Many times, I just drop the orphan leaves into planters already filled with succulents and let sprout this way. Super easy. You can learn more about propagating succulents here.
A Boy Scout in our troop landscaped his former elementary school’s back hill entirely with these drought-tolerant succulents for his Eagle project. He accomplished this monumental task by propagating the plants from leaves he had in his yard or found nearby.
And being a thrifty scout, he was able to complete his project with a very low budget. It took him a year or two grow all the plants he needed, but what a remarkable project and even remarkable kid.
Leaves are always falling or getting knocked off my succulents whether it is nature or forces of nature (i.e. my kids). I enjoy putzing around in my ugly concrete yard checking in on my beauties. I love making succulent arrangements with all the varieties I have collected.
Succulents also are perfect for the fairy gardens I frequently make for my kids, family and friends. I will share more on those in the future.
Crafts made with succulents and moss
Last year I shared the moss covered succulent eggs I made for my haft seen-e norouz, table arrangement for Persian New Year (the first day of spring). Eggs are a common symbol found in many cultures representing the same common theme: birth and new beginnings.
Today’s craft uses the same technique of hot gluing baby succulents onto a moss arrangement, but instead of eggs, I am making adorable moss covered succulent bunnies.
With the eggs, I had to cover them with moss using a hot glue. But I found these ready-to-use moss covered bunnies at Michael’s (similar ones found here on Amazon, too) and they were begging me to bedazzled with succulents. Bedazzled succulent bunnies? Yeah, I say it’s a thing.
Like I’ve explained before, succulents are very hardy plants. When they are in the tiny baby sizes, they do not require much water. I spritz them with water a couples times a week and the moss helps soak up the moisture for the succulents to draw from. Just like you’ve seen succulents adhered to pumpkins in the fall, the concept is the same here, but in itty bitty sizes.
I added baby succulents to fluff up the inside of the bunny ears and as a bushy tail on the bunnies’ booties. The upright bunny seemed a bit back-heavy (this bunny got back!) and wasn’t standing stable.
I could either glue a coin or small weight on the bottom of the front end of the bunny or attach a succulent arrangement for the bunny to hold. Both would act as a counterweight. I chose the second option – more succulents!
I love how these succulent bunnies turned out. And even though the Persian haft seen does not include rabbits, I certainly will be including them because they are green. And the haft seen does include plants and greenery of all forms. And what a great way to fuse together two Spring celebrations.
The succulents can last a couple months on these moss forms. By then, they have sprouted many hair-like roots and are ready to be planted in the dirt. They come off easily at this point, too, as the glue has weakened from frequent sprays with water. Just as well.
Save the moss bunnies for next Spring and you can cover them again with next year’s crop of baby succulents. Hurrah for spring and bring on the succulent bunnies (and eggs)!
- Foam bunnies
- Moss (if bunnies are not already covered in moss)
- Variety of baby succulents
- Hot glue gun
- If your foam bunny forms are not already covered in moss, start gluing clumps of moss onto the bunnies until completely covered.
- Once bunnies are completely covered in moss, decide where you want to adhere the baby succulents. I chose the inside of the bunny ears, the tail and for one bunny, in its hands.
- Using small dabs of hot glue, start gluing the small succulents to your bunny.
- For the arrangement held by the bunny hands, glue succulents to a bit of burlap first, then glue the burlap to the bunny hands.
- To keep succulents alive, spritz with water every 2-3 days.
- Succulents can keep like this for months. As the succulents grow larger and roots grow everywhere, transfer succulents to pots.