How To Make A Paper Succulent

Making paper flowers is enjoyable, but now that autumn has here, I’m more in the mood for succulents. I don’t know about you, but among plants, succulents are up there at the top of my list of favorites. The best thing about them is that they don’t need much maintenance. They are lovely and come in a huge variety. We all have busy lives these days, after all. I’m going to demonstrate how to construct a stunning tray of care-free paper succulents in this video.

Watch my video below to see how I cut and assembled these DIY paper succulent templates!

Mostly just cardstock and glue are required to make these lovely paper succulents. I used “Fields of Green,” a 65 lb. pack of cardstock. This cardstock weight, in my opinion, is the most effective at molding the petals into forms that look lifelike. If you want to make paper succulents like mine, you’ll need two 12 x 12 sheets of maroon cardstock.

I’ve recreated a ton of paper succulent templates for you so that you have lots of options, including these gorgeous ones:

  • Sempervivum
  • Sieboldii Sedum (October Daphne)
  • Astragalus Leaf Although it isn’t a succulent, it goes nicely with them (I know!)
  • Nussbaumerianum Sedum (Coppertone Sedum)
  • “Jubilee” Sempervivum
  • “Green Platters” Aeonium
  • Urbicum Aeonium (Salad Bowl)
  • (Devil’s Horns) Crassula
  • Molokiniensis Portulaca
  • Hens ‘n’ Chicks, Sempervivum Tectorum
  • “Flap Jacks” Kalanchoe
  • The Dodrentalis Greenovia (Mountain Rose)
  • “Silver King” Sempervivum
  • “Pacific Devils Food” Sempervivum
  • “Melaco” Echeveria
  • Zwartkop Aeonium Aroboreum

Additionally, you may use Pan Pastels and Oxide Distress inks to color your card material if you want your succulents to seem as genuine as mine do.

It’s simple to display paper plants.

“Just plant them like a genuine one. I set my paper succulents in a tray made of weathered wood. The list of supplies I used below includes a link to this tray.

I used three to four bricks of floral foam, some 18 gauge floral wire, and a little synthetic moss to keep the paper succulents in the pan.

A hot glue gun, a tool to cut our floral bricks, such a hacksaw, some needle nose pliers, a tool for quilling, tweezers, and some tiny wooden dowels are other helpful items.

Let me demonstrate how to use a Cricut cutting machine to produce this paper succulent tray! For your convenience, this article includes some affiliate links. If you choose to use one of these links and then make a purchase, I will receive a small commission, but there is no additional cost to you. Read my complete disclosure statement.

How do you paper over a succulent?

Even though your wedding day will undoubtedly be remembered for all the right reasons, it’s wonderful to give your guests a souvenir. Give them something that will brighten up their home instead of koozies and cookies, like a succulent wrapped in burlap.

Print and Cut The Paper

Save either the pink or the gray gingham paper, or both. After printing them, measure the size of your plant pot and go to the materials note for information on the proportions of my cuts. In essence, you are wrapping a present and simply completing the bottom, so cut and measure as you would for a gift.

Wrap Paper Around The Pot

Make sure the paper’s top is level and well aligned before wrapping it around the plant. The top edge of the rim should therefore be neat and attractive, which is what I’m trying to say. Since you have double-sided tape, tape (on the inside) or glue the edges into place.

Cut Ribbon and Tie a Bow

The bottom of your plant cover should be designed like this. Next, simply make a knot off to the side and trim the edges of a piece of ribbon that has been trimmed to size. I adore how the sheer ribbon appears to be wrapping around the succulent like a lovely scarf, almost like a veil for a wedding.

If you are here because you are getting married, you might find my list of 10 Gorgeous Outdoor Wedding Reception Table Ideas useful and inspiring. Additionally, my DIY for paper cherry blossoms has been pinned to numerous Pinterest wedding boards.

I’m so happy with how adorable this DIY project for succulent wedding favors turned out. That is a tremendous praise, especially as my friend Leslie has already decided to make these for her son’s wedding this summer. You should definitely give these away if you are organizing a wedding or little gifts for friends, family, and teachers.