Create a Glamorous Bejeweled Garden


Valentine’s Day is here! If you’re tired of flowers that die and your sweetie isn’t crazy about sweets, this project from Planting Designs for Cactus & Succulents by Sharon Asakawa and John Bagnasco might be just the thing for you. Sparkling plants may not be for everyone, but they are simple, elegant, and downright astonishing! Living works of art, succulents with a little bling are sure to get attention and appreciation.


Crassula falcata – Propeller plant

Echeveria agavoides ‘Red Tip’

Crassula – Jade plant

Sedum hybrids


Green floral wire, or thin gauge wire

Wire cutters

White glue

Adhesive-backed crystal ribbons

Glass marbles



1 – To attach beads on the tips of the succulent leaves, insert a thin gauge floral wire into the succulent’s tip. Snip the end off, leaving enough wire protruding from the tip to attach the bead.


2 – Add a drop of simple white glue.


3 – Slide the bead onto the wire and into the glue; allow it to dry.

4 – Once all the beads are attached securely, plant the succulents in the garden or a container.

5 – Add glass marbles to cover the soil surface for a “glam” bejeweled garden.


Tips for Success

– Another option is to use beaded trims and appliqués that are preglued, easy to peel off, and can be stuck directly onto succulents (available at a craft or hobby store).

– When inserting wire into succulents, use a thin gauge because if the wire is too thick, it will scar that area.

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