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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Mary L.
Mary L5 years ago

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

Karen R.
Karen R5 years ago


Marianne B.
Marianne B5 years ago

great ideas. thanks

Julia W.
Julia W5 years ago

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.

Elena T.
Elena P5 years ago

Thank you :)

Aditya n.
Aditya n5 years ago


Richard T.
Richard T5 years ago


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Daniel P5 years ago

I ilke them!

Les M.
Les M5 years ago

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

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson5 years ago