Monday, February 24, 2014

Paper succulent tutorial

I hope you all had a great weekend!

It was quiet around these parts as we enjoyed watching the closing
ceremonies of the Olympics in Russia.  Did you have a chance to catch any of it?
I truly enjoy watching the world come together. All those young athletes, though
from completely different parts of the world coming together for one purpose.
 Last week I shared these paper succulents
and as promised, here is the tutorial. :)

Thick cardstock (I used Canvas Corp Handmade Thickstock)
DecoArt Hauser Medium Green
DecoArt Antique Green
DecoArt White
Hot glue gun

1. Mix white paint with the greens, making various shades, some darker and some lighter.
2. Apply paints onto both sides of the paper, making sure the various shades of greens are visible; allow paper to dry. 
3. Print template provided and cut the various sizes as indicated on template. 
4. Cut a rectangle shape out of the paper, roll and secure end with hot glue.
5. Glue larger petals towards the bottom. 
6. Continue to glue petals (larger to smaller) working towards the top, making sure you leave a visible stem in between each layer of petals. 
7. Add additional shading if needed. I added a very light outline of purple to make it more realistic.

Note: Study photos of real succulents and play around with the various shadings and purple tones that you naturally find in succulents. 
click on photo to enlarge; right click, save and print

While making these, I wanted to learn more about the paper I was using,
because it looks and feels like the handmade paper you make with a blender.
So I inquired and was thrilled to discover the paper is in fact made by hand in
a small village in India, where every time Canvas Corp purchases the product,
they are helping the families of these people.  That made my heart smile.
I know these look fairly real in photos,
but believe they look even better in person.

I love how easy these were to make and that you
could place them in a frame or wreath and not have
to worry about mess or having to water them.

I hope you enjoyed the little tutorial.
Feel free to let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you so much for stopping by.
much love,

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  1. This is such a gorgeous project Lucy! You are so freakin' talented girl! Have a lovely week! Angie xo

  2. Wow! I can't believe how real these look! Amazing!:)
    I love succulents, but can't say I am very good at keeping plants alive in our home, so this would be a perfect project to try! Thanks so much for sharing!:)

  3. Love love LOVE it Lucy! I've been wanting to figure out a way to make easy succulents forever (my real ones always die) & now I know how! <3

  4. These succulents are beautiful, Lucy! I can't wait to try to make some! Thanks for the tutorial!

  5. These are just amazing. I saw these last week, but love seeing your tutorial. I am impressed with the care and detail you did to make these. I am a sucker for anything succulents, and these are just stunning! I am pinning! Kari

  6. You've done it again. Simply lovely. I love succulents and have quite a few in my backyard, but these are just too precious!! Thank you for sharing with us.

  7. These look amazing!! I'm going to give these a try for sure!!!

  8. So sweet! Would look great in the middle of a table...

  9. These seriously look real! Two thumbs up for you! This is my first time to your blog, coming over from craft gawker and I am a new follower!

  10. These are awesome! They look so real.

  11. These look so realistic and beautiful! I love succulents-these might be a great gift idea for people who claim to kill houseplants but still love the look of them. Thanks for sharing!

  12. These look amazingly real! I'm not a fan of plants myself but looove the look of succulents so I've been on the hunt for fake ones :P

  13. My kind of plant! I killed all my succulents so this would be perfect for me.
    Thanks for sharing. I found you on pinterest.
    Kim ~ This Ole Mom

  14. Wow this is an amazing tutorial, I rarely get this exited about all the gazillion craft tutorials out there but this one is awesome..tysm for sharing xx

  15. Hi! New follower. I'm having a lot of fun looking through your blog. As a lover of having plants ALL over the house, this is a great tutorial! I love easy-care plants. ;)

  16. Absolutely stunning Lucy. I am absolutely making some of these!!

  17. Oh my goodness Lucy, these are great! Maybe I can keep these "plants" alive :-)

  18. Thank you for sharing...these are ideal for non-greenfingered people

  19. So cute, looks like a real plant!

  20. would love to make it but am sure, I cannot find your paper here. just addressed an inquiry to Canvas Corp and was asked if I want wholesale or retail :-)
    any further hints, which paper comes next to yours? best regards from vienna, lisa

  21. Love it...maybe other succulents too?

  22. These are gorgeous - so lifelike! Thank you for the directions and template.

  23. It looks fantastic! I'll share your link on my facebook page.


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