View the vessel from all sides to make sure the foam is completely covered; make adjustments if needed. Mission accomplished!
Secure the bulbs to the foam or succulents with wire hooks. Tuck a few ornaments among the greenery without overwhelming the succulents.
Choose a combination of matte and shiny ornaments (these will reflect light) in colours that coordinate with the overall.
Continue adding succulents, alternating various colours, sizes and textures of plants to create visual interest.
Place faux-succulent plant picks into the foam, starting from the centre and working your way outwards.
Create some theatre with interior designer Tamara Wouters' succulent showpiece that looks fresh, but is actually made with high-quality faux-plant picks
Choose a shallow vessel and line the bottom with foam bricks, which you can purchase from a florist or craft store; cut to fit snugly inside the vessel.
*Vancouver's Chintz & Co. has a great selection of faux succulents, says designer Tamara Wouters. The lime-green bulbs are a seasonal accent that can easily be removed after the holidays, so the centrepiece has year-round staying power.
Janet Gyenes is a writer, editor, beverage columnist and co-founder of 70 magazine, an online travel publication. She has co-authored two travel guidebooks on Vancouver and has put her insatiable curiosity to work in words and photos, covering topics such as tasting sherry in Spain, mule-riding in Molokai, and tracking textile trends in Turkey. She regularly writes for BCLiving about food, beverage, design and more.