I love all tings tiny! After buying a few hundred pumice stones, that I never used in those gift sets I was going to make, I decided on a new use for them! These tiny succulents arrangements are easy to make with a few simple tools and supplies.
You can use found stones and wood bark pieces, or buy items found online or at your local craft store.
Let’s get started!
a hot glue gun and hot glue
baby succulents, air plants, dried preserved flowers or artificial plants/flowers of your choice.
a base for the arrangement such as stones, branches, or bark chips. Make sure the surface is porous or hot glue won’t stick very well.
Butter knife or something made of metal that will dig into a pumice stone. I have used old wood carving tools that were dull, or small spoons. The process will dull whatever you use, so it is best to find something that you won’t use again for food, or need to keep sharp.
decorative items such as preserved moss, sand, glitter, mini sea shells or starfish. Really anything you like and have around the house.
toothpicks or wooden sticks (chopstick, popsicle, you get the idea) to pack moss around plants delicately, and to press decorations into hot glue so it doesn’t burn your fingers!
rubber gloves for handling anything that has not be disinfected.
fishing line - it is great to tie off moss that won’t hold together by itself.
1) First you want to make sure your base and sphagnum moss are disinfected.
To disinfect stones and sphagnum moss boil in water for 15 minutes and let the water cool to a manageable temperature before removing stones or moss to avoid burns
To disinfect wood bark or wood branches I soak for an hour in water then bake in a preheated 250 degree oven for an hour. Always monitor anything flammable in the oven! You can also boil the wood but it will take longer depending on the thickness, as the internal temperature must reach 180 degrees fahrenheit.
2) Get those baby succulents! Here are some ideas:
If you have any growing in your yard or in planters check for fallen leaves that have started growing baby plants. They do that! So Cool! The baby succulents don’t need to have grown roots yet, but if you do find little pink roots shooting out from the new plant, try and keep those in tact as you remove the baby from the mother leaf. Don’t forget to ask your succulent enthusiast neighbors or friends!
You can take a clippings of an existing succulent that might have an offshoot growing from a stem.
If scavenging for them isn’t an option, then call your local plant nursery to see if they sell tiny succulents.
If you are having a hard time finding baby succulents, artificial plants and airplants make an excellent alternative. You can also use dried preserved plants or just make a pretty moss arrangement!
3) The rest is just a matter of gathering your items, seeing that they look nice together, and gluing! For the pumice arrangement specifically here is my method - make sure you are in a well ventilated area, or outside!
Decide which side is going to be face up, and slowly and gradually scrape off layers to dig a crater in the pumice stone with your butter knife, or other tool. This will create dust that you won’t want to breathe in so again be sure to do this in a well ventilated area. Make the crater gradually by scraping off many layers of stone and apply more pressure where you want the crater to be deepest. Be sure not to apply too much pressure as it can crack the pumice stone. Some stones will crack regardless so it’s good to have a few for backup!
Wrap the base of you clipping with damp moss. It is easiest to work with the sphagnum moss when its damp, but if you are having trouble keeping it together, here is where that fishing line comes in handy.
Apply hot glue liberally to the crater in your stone and push in the plant moss side down. Use a chopstick, popsicle stick - whatever you have around to push it firmly without breaking any delicate succulent leaves.
And that’s it! To care for your new mini arrangement keep it misted regularly or place in a dish with water and pebbles. They require less misting in moist environments like terrariums or at the base of any water loving house plants you might have.