Green Living: Decorative Balls for Parties and Weddings

Wedding Centerpieces that Reduce your Carbon Footprint

Wedding season is almost upon us and as we contemplate the carbon footprints of our nuptials, let’s spare a thought for green living. One of the greatest contributors to our carbon footprint are cut flowers. Now, I am as much of a sucker for a pretty posy as the next person, but cut flowers create a huge amount of waste through their cultivation and transport. Still, what would a wedding be without flowers? Green living expert and owner of Budget Plant Nursery, Sharon Wiese, has utilized her brilliantly creative flair to come up with a workable solution… succulent balls!

What you need:

  • Bendable vines or fruit tree prunings
  • Florist wire
  • A variety of succulent plants
  • Wire cutters
  • Flowers
  • Florist flower Tubes


Create two equally sized circles with the vines or fruit tree branches and secure with florist wire. Join them together so that they form an X. Now wind a couple more branches around the structure to form a ball. Secure with wire.

Carefully remove succulents from their pots and place roots in a florist tube to prevent dehydration. Once your big day is over, you can transplant succulents into pots or your garden.

Attach the succulents to your balls with wire and add a couple of flowers or ribbons for color.




Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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