Money Plant Wreath

Money Plant Wreath

Growing up my dad always grew these plants, when it was time to harvest them (the second year, it takes two years to get a harvest) everyone in my family wanted the dried stems.  Money Plants aka Lunaria Annua have purple flowers in the spring the second year they bloom.  It takes two years to get a harvest of dried stems from these plants.  You can let them self seed or you can collect the seeds after you harvest and plant them the following spring.

I grew a bunch of these the last few years.  I gave the majority of the dried stems away to some of my family at Christmas.  I’m not sure if I was just lucky, as some of my cousins have not been successful in growing these, but I had way more then I knew what to do with!  We typically put the dried stems in a vase throughout the year but I have always wanted to have a money plant wreath!

I used what I had on hand to make this wreath.

Supplies:

Foam wreath (a flat wreath would be better but I used a stand green foam wreath as that is what I had on hand).
Tin foil (you don’t need this if you are using a white foam wreath)
Dried stems
Mirror (optional)
Floral wire

I wrapped the green foam wreath in tin foil, I could have spray painted it white but I chose the faster easier route of covering the wreath in foil.   I used some floral wire and attached a few stems sporadically around the wreath.  Then I just filled in the empty spots (you don’t have to wire all the stems, just the first few secured to the wreath will hold the rest in place).  I chose to use a mirror in the middle of my wreath for added sparkle of light!  I have this wreath on the inside of my front door but in the photographs it is shown on the exterior side of the door, as it photographed better on the black side of the door.  One of the things I love about these stems is how versatile they are, you can use them during all 4 seasons of the year!

 

DSCF7353These white petals are paper thin and very easy to damage you have to be careful when removing the outer petals after you harvest these!

 

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If you are using a mirror with your wreath as well, I just hung the mirror on the door and then placed the wreath around the mirror, it rests on the mirror.

Money Plant Wreath

9 comments for “Money Plant Wreath

  1. June 2, 2014 at 7:39 am

    How cool! I’ve never heard of this plant. I’m going to see if my local nursery has some.

  2. May 7, 2014 at 9:02 am

    It’s so pretty, Dria! I have some faux stems like these and I always wondered what they were called. Love it.

    • Dria
      May 7, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Thanks so much Jen! I love them going to plant a bunch of seeds this year!

  3. April 28, 2014 at 11:36 am

    This is beautiful – doesn’t look like it’s made from a plant. Thanks for sharing!

    • Dria
      April 30, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you so much Sammi!

  4. Crystal Nell
    April 24, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Beautiful wreath!!

    • Dria
      April 25, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      Thank you so much!

  5. April 24, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I like it! So, you can actually grow that stuff?? I’m afraid my luck would be the same as your cousins.

    • Dria
      April 24, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Thank you Nancy! I didn’t give these any special care, just tossed the seeds in the ground, lightly covered them with some dirt and watered them, I did plant them in a sunny spot on my property. I’m not sure why my cousins had such a hard time, my only guess is probably not enough sun or not enough water?

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