Paper Succulent Art: Free Templates Included!
If you’re a fan of the super succulents trend that’s sweeping the nation, then you’ll love this latest papercraft project from the talented Carla Bagshaw. Including all the paper succulent templates you’ll need to create this stunning piece of wall art, this is the perfect project for papercrafters to get stuck into! It’s also a great one if you struggle to keep plants alive too… these paper succulents will last as long as you want them to, with no maintenance required!
Time it Takes to Make: Approximtely 5-6 hours
Skill Level: Intermediate
You Will Need:
- Paper Succulent Templates [DOWNLOAD HERE]
- A4 coloured cardstock in greens, blues, & purples (approximately 120-260gsm)
- Scissors (or a cutting machine)
- Hot Glue Gun (and glue sticks)
- A box frame
Paper Succulent Project – Step by Step Instructions:
Using the templates provided, begin by preparing and cutting all your paper petals and leaves. The amount of flowers and leaves that you need will depend on the size of the box frame that you use. I used approximately 3 of each flower, and 2 sheets of leaves.
You can create each flower using the same process. Take your first succulent paper pieces and place them in order of size, the largest at the top, working down to the smallest.
Starting with the smallest pieces, begin to shape the petals on each flower shape. How you shape them is entirely up to you! I varied the shaping, pinching the tips on some and curling others using a bone folding tool.
Once all of your petals are shaped, start with the smallest set and begin to glue them on top of one another other, rotating them slightly each time so that it overlaps the petals below. Carry on gluing the shapes until you have completed a full flower, and have used each petal shape. Move onto your next flower repeated this method, and continue until all your flowers are formed (you can opt to rub pastels, or inks on the edges of your petals to offer more dimension if you wish).
Next, fold the leaves in half to create a central vein.
If you would like to use the spiral rose forms that you see pictured, you can follow these steps: Cut a circle of paper, and then cut a spiral into the circle.
Starting with the outside edge, roll the paper until you reach the innermost point of the spiral, place some glue on the last part, of the spiral shape and glue the rose down to it.
Your final step is to begin placing your flowers, and arranging them in the box frame. I wanted to raise the flowers up, so I glued some brown paper over the spacer in the frame. This can’t be seen in the final piece, but it did give the flowers extra height. I place all of my flowers and leaves before gluing them, to ensure that the arrangement is right and also that I have enough flowers to fill the box frame without any gaps! Once you’re happy with your layout, use your hot glue to begin sticking the flowers and the leaves down until your arrangement is complete.
Hang the picture, grab a drink (for you not the succulents – because they don’t need it!) and sit back to admire your wonderful work!