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,



  1. says

    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!:)

  2. says

    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

  3. says

    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.

  4. says

    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

  5. Phillip says

    These are great, Lucy!! So realistic. Question – what did you put in the potter to make it look so realistic? That’s not real potting soil is it?? Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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