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Living Holiday Ornments

Living Holiday Ornments

Living ornaments add a touch of the unexpected to your holiday decor. And they will live on after the festivities end. Here are a few favorites:

Above: The Gold Leaf Cup Ornament measures approximately 2.5 inches in diameter and comes with a hanging hook and a tillandsia plant to perch inside; $22 each or $54 for a set of three at Flora Grubb.

Above: The Succulent Ornament features a living succulent cutting mounted on a handcrafted ornamental hook, and comes tucked in a gift box. The cuttings will last for weeks, sometimes even sprouting tiny roots while hanging on the tree; $22 (or $55 for a set of three different varieties) at Flora Grubb.

Above: The Elongated Drop Terrarium (plants not included) is 8.5 inches high and makes a beautiful ornament to hang on the tree or, better yet, in front of a window; $24 at Terrain.

Above: Three Spruce Ornaments made with petite bottles that hold a bit of moss and a sprig of conifer and a few drops of spruce essential oil; $26 for a set of three from One Gift World Etsy Shop.

We’d like to know: Have you ever made your own living ornament?

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8:35AM PST on Dec 21, 2012

So what happens when the ornaments get taken down? I'm especially concerned for the hanging succulent cutting.

5:07AM PST on Dec 17, 2012


11:17PM PST on Dec 10, 2012

great ideas. thanks

3:07PM PST on Dec 7, 2012

Really interesting. It would be nice to have a living tree. Plant it in a pot or the ground, depending on space and judge the size of the tree accordingly.

3:44AM PST on Dec 7, 2012

Thank you :)

10:43PM PST on Dec 6, 2012


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12:26PM PST on Dec 6, 2012

I ilke them!

11:16AM PST on Dec 6, 2012

i love these ideas! they're great gifts for plant lovers and people that alredy have everything.

10:55AM PST on Dec 6, 2012


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