I have a confession to make! No houseplant can survive me. I’ve let so many plants die over the years that even the thought of a succulent was daunting. Our office is coming along nicely, but I’m at the point where I need to start decorating the shelves on my pretty IKEA bookcases. While I really wanted to get some succulents, I knew I would just kill them. Thankfully, with a little bit of felt, I was able to make my own cute felt succulents. I want to teach you how to make felt succulents, too!
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Succulents are the most amazing plants and come in a huge variety of colors and shapes. They are gorgeous and relatively easy to care for. However, if you’re like me and have a black thumb, a felt succulent might be a better solution. Your felt succulent will never die if you neglect to water it. 🙂 Also, with felt there is no limit on how creative you can get. Felt comes in a ridiculous amount of colors! It is also VERY cheap. This whole project cost less than $10.
How To Make Felt Succulents
Cut Out Your Petals
The first step in the process is to decide on a shape for the petals and cut them out. I’ve provided two templates below, but I encourage you to have fun with this step and try other shapes and sizes. For my light blue and pink succulent, I used ten petals of the same size to create the first two layers of the succulent. Felt is difficult to trace on, so I recommend cutting out a single petal and just using it as a guide to cut the rest by holding it against your felt as you cut.
Optional: If you want to add some visual interest to the petals use a Sharpie to color around the edge. Did you know they come in about a million colors? 🙂
Pinch The Bottom Of The Petals And Glue
What do I mean by pinch? To make the petals look more interesting you want to pinch them at the base so they form an “M” shape. I found that the easiest way to make the petal is put a drop of glue in the center of the base and pinch it together to form the middle of the M first. Then, flip the petal over and use a drop of glue on each side of the bottom of the M before pinching the sides together. Your petals should end up looking similar to the ones in my image below.
Glue Your First Layer Of Petals Together
Hurray, now you can start assembling your succulent! Using five of your petals, create a mock up of your succulent layer before you begin gluing. Once you are happy with the layout, put a small drop of glue on the side of the base of the petal (the narrow part). Place the petal next to the one you’re gluing it to and hold them together gently until the glue sets. Continue until you’ve glued the first layer of petals together.
Your succulent will most likely have a gap in the center. This is totally fine! As you add layers you’ll close the small gap, and your finishing touches will hide it completely. Don’t worry about it right now. You can see that my first layer had a noticeable gap in the center. 🙂
Glue Your Second Layer Of Petals Together
Using the same methodology as the last step, glue together your second layer of petals. I like to follow the exact same steps that I did in the first step. That is, lay out your petals so you know you are happy with how they look. Then, glue them down one at a time. For the second layer, put a small dot of glue on the bottom of the petal. You’re gluing your petals to the first layer in this step, rather than gluing them to each other.
The only thing different about this layer is I try to close up space in the center of the succulent. You’ll notice in the image below that I have my petals pushed together snugly with some overlap between them. At this point, your creation should really start looking like a succulent! I knew I was on to something when my husband looked at it and told me it looked “cool.” 🙂
Continue Adding Layers Of Petals
Keep adding layers of petals until you are happy with how your succulent looks. As a general rule, I like to use two layers of five petals, a layer of four petals, and then a layer of four tiny petals to finish the succulent. As you add layers, you will need to trim your petals to be slightly smaller. Just use the template to cut out the petals and then take your scissors and trim all the way around the edge. This will prevent your upper petal layers from being too large and overlapping the two large petal layers below.
The process for each layer stays exactly the same. Cut out the petals, pinch them, stage them, and glue them! Stop adding layers when you are satisfied with your succulent.
Finishing Your Succulent
Finishing your felt succulent is really just a matter of hiding any gaps between the petals in the top layer. I have two ways that I finish a succulent. The first way is to cut some very small petals and align them perfectly for the last two layers. This is how I finished my light blue succulent.
Alternatively, you can cut a thin strip of felt and roll it into a spiral to use to finish your succulent. This is the method I used on my orange succulent and my pink succulent. How you finish the succulent is really a matter of personal taste. Felt is cheap, experiment and let me know if you find a better way to finish the top layer!
I kept making these for most of the afternoon until my fingers were covered in felt and Sharpie residue. They are so cute and versatile! I put my first ones in a little pot on the shelves in my office. 🙂 Happy felt succulenting! If you make these please post pictures so I can see how they turned out!