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DIY Paper Succulents

Hey everyone! So as I've been prepping for my classroom this summer-- I've absolutely fallen in love with succulents! Not the cacti type-- but the fat, round, and colorful type. As a result every piece of decor I've been making lately has a shiplap and succulent theme! Take a look below:
Most of the items pictured above can be found in my TPT store-- you can find them by clicking here.

Now on to to the real reason you're here. Paper succulents. I'm not going to lie to you-- it is time consuming. And if you have a cutting machine like a Cricut or Silhouette-- you can save yourself some serious time (plus you can make larger sized plants). 

So here we go! Here are the supplies you need: Cardstock (I bought 2 packs of green cardstock from Walmart for $5 each), scissors, pencil (if tracing), and hot glue. Each larger succulent took about three 12x12 pieces of cardstock, and the smaller ones took two 8.5x11" pieces. 
This first succulent was made from a template I found online for free. I didn't really follow their directions-- so you can make them either way. First, I printed the 2 pages onto the color of cardstock I wanted.
Next, I cut out the pieces. I laid the largest piece aside as a base. Next, I cut all the other pieces in half (and I also cut an extra piece of the smallest size). Cutting them in half let me make a small slit along the bottom-- where I used a small dot of hot glue to press the flaps together (giving them more of a standing look). You can see my process below...
After that I began assembling my succulent: 
I tried to make sure the petals were overlapping in each layer as I glued the pieces together. The very middle is the hardest to explain because I usually played it by ear-- bending and gluing the smallest pieces (sometimes even trimming them) until I was satisfied. 

Succulents 2 & 3 were created using my Cricut-- but I was able to trace a template for any lovers of the "trace and cut" method. If you want to make them larger-- you could always set the largest piece down on some paper and trace a larger figure around it. 

Basically for succulent #2, I used the largest piece as the base and bent all the other pieces upward at the petals.
Then you glue and stack, glue and stack-- and make sure the petals alternate (so you should see the previous layer in between). Here is my finished result with my original: 
The last succulent is my personal favorite! 
Also the easiest (in my opinion). It's the same process as above: Cut out shapes, bend the petals, and stack and glue the layers. 
Here is my original and the new one side by side:
Hope that helped inspire you in your paper succulent making quest! If you have any questions or suggestions please leave them in the comments below-- and I will try my hardest answer them ASAP. Hope you have a blessed day!


  1. How did you do it with your Cricut?

  2. How did you do it with your Cricut?

    1. You have to have Cricut access- use their database the find the cut files with 3D paper flowers-- then I just used those templates. I hope this helps!

  3. Do you have a trace and cut pattern for the last flower?

    1. It's in the downloadable template I linked. Thanks!

  4. How did you create two different sizes? When I print, it comes out as letter size.

    1. Just don't use the largest sized pieces and you can make smaller ones-- for bigger you can always trace a bubble shape around the largest provided (use 12x12 paper)


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