When the mighty winds blow along our California coast, the palm debris does fall. It’s nature’s way of cleaning out the palms. I love to use it for crafting because it’s so darned interesting and can be used in so many ways. I decided to create succulent wall art, along with a few air plants in the mix, on this piece of palm debris that I scooped up over the Winter. It’s quite sturdy and adds a natural touch to any project.
Here are the ingredients I used:
1 piece of palm debris
1 piece of Teddy Bear Cactus wood
1 Aeonium autropurpeum branch
1 Aeonium decorum flower
2 Aeonium decorum “rosettes”
1 Spider Agave pup
2 pieces of Burro’s Tail Sedum
3 Air Plants
1 dried Mediterranean Palm frond
2 wacky sea sticks
dyed Spanish moss
dyed reindeer moss
There’s a video showing me making this piece of succulent wall art at the end but I’m going to take you on a pictorial step by step here. I also used a drill, wire and fishing line for this project. It could easily be done with all succulents or all air plants if you prefer. I picked all the succulents from my garden but you can buy cuttings on eBay.
2 pieces of palm debris. I chose to use the one in the back.
I picked up the piece of Teddy Bear cactus wood outside of 29 Palms – more scavenging but this time in the desert. I wired it to the debris so that it would hold every else in place.
Here it is uprighted & ready to hold everything in place.
I’m holding it up against my house to show you how it would look hanging on the wall. I’ve added in the chartreuse mosses & a couple of wacky sea sticks.
Our streets here in Santa Barbara, especially those that run along the ocean, are littered with palm debris when a strong wind blows. The dried fronds, flowers sheaths, and flower stalks come crashing down so I head to the beach when I need some new material to work with.
I made this summer flower arrangement on a Queen Palm flower sheath last August. I plan to use that sheath to mount one of my Staghorn Ferns on soon. I’ve had this project in the back of my head for over a year now. The best-laid plans …
Be sure your eyes peeled next time you’re on a walk. You never know what Mother Nature is going to send your way!
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I’m a life-long gardener who still to this day gets giddy at the thought of a trip to one of the local nurseries. Yes, I actually studied landscape and environmental horticulture and the practical experience I have garnered through the years has served me well. Childhood memories of chicken manure “tea” still float through my olfactory senses to this day. I have always been an organic gardener and always will be. From the Earth … To the Earth. I was born and raised in rural, bucolic Litchfield County, Connecticut and now joyfully live a few blocks from the ocean in beautiful Santa Barbara, California.