DIY Paper Succulents

DIY Succulents That Live Forever

May 29th, 2018 • Contributor: Cori George from Hey, Let's Make Stuff

Who here has wondered how to assemble some of the paper succulents and flowers found in Cricut Design Space? It's no wonder—the way that these files come into Cricut Design Space can be really confusing!

I'm Cori from Hey, Let's Make Stuff and I'm here to help explain how to assemble Cricut's paper succulent cut files. A while back, I wrote a post about assembling Cricut's paper flowers and my readers have found it super helpful. Now I'm tackling paper succulents here on the Cricut Inspiration Blog!

Glue and Paper

For these succulents, I like to use either quick-dry tacky glue or regular craft glue. You don't want to have to sit there holding the pieces together, waiting for glue to dry. As far as paper goes, I find that printer-weight paper works better than cardstock, though the larger you cut your succulents, the thicker the paper you can use. For these, I used a metallic printer-weight paper that really shines with a lot of dimension.

Assembling the Paper Succulents

Today we're assembling the following paper succulents:

  • Four succulents + leaves #M124F11
  • Succulent #M1A950E
Assembling paper succulents

Let’s start with the easiest and work our way up!

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Spiky Succulent

I’m sure these succulents have scientific names, but I’m not a botanist so we’re going with “spiky” succulent for this one. Cut out the pieces on your Cricut. There are five pieces, ranging from big to little.

Assembling the Spiky Succulent

To curl the edges, you can wrap around a pencil or use scissors to curl the pieces like you would curling ribbon on a gift. I like the scissor method, but be aware that it’s easier to tear your pieces using this method. Curl up each leaf a bit. I try to curl the smaller pieces a little more tightly than the larger pieces, but you can always re-adjust once they are glued together.

Assembling the Spiky Succulent

Then stack the pieces from largest on the bottom to smallest at the top, and glue all the layers together, offsetting the leaves for each layer.

Assembling the Spiky Succulent

And that’s it! This is a nice and easy one to start with, but make sure to be careful when curling those smaller leaves so they don’t tear.

Assembling the Spiky Succulent

Six-Leaf Succulent

This succulent is put together in the same manner as the one above. It’s six different pieces, all shaped the same, ranging from big to little.

Six Leaf Succulent Assembly

Use scissors or a pencil to curl up all of the leaves.

Six Leaf Succulent Assembly

Layer and glue all six pieces together, offsetting the leaves.

Six Leaf Succulent Assembly

And that’s it! I think this one can double as a flower, especially when made in pink and purple tones.

Six Leaf Succulent Assembly

Three-Leaf Stacked Succulent

From here we move up in difficulty just slightly. This succulent has 11 pieces. There are two of each size, except for the smallest piece, which has three of that size.

Three-Leaf Stacked Succulent Assembly

Use the same method above to curl all the leave pieces. Be extra careful if using scissors for this one—the pieces can tear pretty easily (thankfully it’s so easy to cut out more using your Cricut if you need!).

Three-Leaf Stacked Succulent Assembly

Then match up each piece to its mate (the one of the same size) and glue them together, offsetting them. There will be one small one left over.

Three-Leaf Stacked Succulent Assembly

Then glue all the glued sections together, biggest on the bottom to the single last piece on the top.

Three-Leaf Stacked Succulent Assembly

This one gives a similar effect to the six-petal succulent above, but I think there’s something about it that looks more succulent-like!

Three-Leaf Stacked Succulent Assembly

Separate Leaf Succulent

This is definitely the most complex succulent that we’re making today. When you cut out the pieces on your Cricut, you’ll have 18 individual leaves and two three-leaf pieces.

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

Instead of curling these individual leaf pieces, I think it works better to cut a slit from the bottom, 2/3 of the way up the leaf.

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

You can then use craft glue to overlap the cut ends to create some dimension in the leaf.

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly
Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

Then match the leaves up in sets—there are three leaves per size.

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

And glue the three pieces together to form one single piece from three leaves.

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

Then curl the leaves of the two three-leaf pieces and glue together.

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly
Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

Then, like you did with all the other succulents, glue all the layers together, offsetting the layers.

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

Tada! You’ve made the most complex succulent of the bunch!

Separate Leaf Succulent Assembly

Leaves

These leaves are not really a succulent by themselves, but they look really pretty when used in conjunction with the other succulents we’re making.

Leaf Assembly

I use my scissors to curl the leaves. Sometimes I’ll curl them one way and then curl just the end back the other way. Play with the curling to create different levels of dimension.

Leaf Assembly

Now you are ready to use your succulents in a project! I used my new Cricut Knife Blade to cut a chipboard ampersand using the Cricut font Alphalicious. I sealed it with ModPodge before painting it white.

Then I glued my succulents to my ampersand, using adhesive foam squares to create some depth and dimension!

Leaf Assembly

I love how these succulents bring life to a project—but you don’t need a green thumb to keep them alive! If you are craving even more blooming paper creations be sure to check out our Facebook Live where we show how you to create paper bouquets!

Leaf Assembly

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