This was a super easy paper succulents projects that can be made with the Cricut or just by hand.
I was originally going to make this project with felt but then had some trouble cutting some of the designs with the rotary blade to averted to using cardstock instead.
(In case you are curious, the problem with the rotary blade is it doesn’t turn for sharp corners all that will and sometimes just cuts off the stem altogether. I didn’t have a really sharp fine point blade on hand so didn’t give it a try with that but that might have worked better.)
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Materials for Cardstock Succulents
Cardstock – I just pulled green cardstock from various packages I already had. My only recommendation is to use cardstock with a colored center. Here are the different packages of cardstock I used.
- Recollections 65lb Cardstock from Michaels
- Metallic Shimmer Assorted Set from Amazon
- Neenah Collections Assorted Set from Amazon
- Kraft Cardstock from Michaels
Glue – I like tacky glue but a glue gun works too
Succulents Patterns Template – I’ve included my free succulent SVG files along with the paper succulent template PDF file in my resource library.
How to Make Paper Succulents Flower
Start by cutting out all the pieces from the template.
Curl all the petals with a scraping tool or a credit card in a pinch.
For a more cupped flat succulent, just glue each piece from the largest to the smallest starting with the base piece.
For a more 3D effect, I like to flip over a few of the curled pieces to add elevation to the plant.
Giant paper succulents
This template works for making really large paper succulents as well. They look great as a wall backdrop.
For really large paper succulents, especially if you are going to put this up on the wall, I would skip adding elevation to the layers because it might be hard to keep that in place.
I would instead consider adding depth by coloring the tips. I like to use Metallic Oil Patels and just outline the tip of each leave and then smearing it in with a q-tip. It’s ok if it doesn’t look perfect, it will mostly be covered by all the tiered petals.