Please tell me I’m not the only one who has those days/weeks/months! I was going to share this with you on Tuesday, but I just didn’t get to it. The last three weeks have been kind of crazy for me. My husband was on his way to scout camp a few weeks ago, in my car, when it started smoking. As it turns out, my car needs a new front axle. Anyway, since my car could no longer go to scout camp, the truck that my husband was leaving for me to drive that week, then got to go to scout camp. I was hoping that my car would be gone about a week or so, but we are nearing three weeks. Friends, not having a car is the pits! They were able to find a used part for it, which is good, because it’s less expensive, but the last time we called and checked a couple of days ago, they still hadn’t gotten the part. 🙁 So, I’ve basically been stuck at home for nearly three weeks. During the summer with a house full of boys, it’s not exactly my idea of fun. Anyway, on top of all that, my baby has had a fever this week, I’m pretty sure he’s teething, but he sure hasn’t been himself. I am finally sitting down to write this post though, even if it is a couple of days late, so here you go. 🙂 This project has been a long time coming. Maybe it’s because it’s summer and the kids are home, or maybe it’s just because I haven’t gotten it done as quickly as I had hoped. I’ve been working on it since May, but it’s been a thought in my mind for probably about a year. I am happy that it’s finished now and I’m finally sharing it with you. As with most projects I plan to make, things always seem to change a little bit as I’m working on the project and this project is no different. I started with different shades of green paper, but then I decided to go more teal and purple, and I really adore the way this Paper Succulent Centerpiece turned out.
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Paper Succulent Centerpiece Supplies:
- Succulent Colored Cardstock
- Succulent Colored Ink Pads
- Cricut Explore Air 2
- Cricut Cut File
- Ink Daubers
- Hot Glue Gun
- White Foam Core Board
I started by cutting out all of my flowers with the Cricut Explore Air 2 machine. I pulled out my ink pads and ink daubers and then inked the edges of all the different pieces. I’m not going to lie, this seemed to take forever because of all the layers and small pieces. I enjoyed mixing the ink color with the cardstock color so all the succulents weren’t the same. Once I was finished with inking the edges, I curled all the edges. Then I got out the hot glue gun and glued the succulents together, layer by layer.
I did basically the same thing for the rolled paper flowers/succulents.
Once I had them all done, I cut a piece of foam core board to fit the top of the flower container that I was using. I found my container a couple of years ago at IKEA. Then I just started gluing the succulents onto the foam core board.
I seriously can’t believe how this project turned out! It’s more stunning in person than the pictures really show.
I’m so glad that I used some teal ink on the teal paper as well as purple ink on the teal paper and vice versa. It really adds to the project, don’t you think?
After I got all of the larger succulents made and glued into my container, I made some smaller ones to fill in with.
They may not quite look like really succulents, but they are much easier to take care of. I know some people say that succulents are hard to kill, but I’ve managed to kill a couple of them…SO, these are much easier for me to keep alive, ha!
I currently have this sitting on the shelf in my craft room. I’m loving that it adds some color to my shelf and it totally matches my Cricut Explore Air 2 machine. 🙂 That kind of makes me happy.
Tell me, where would you put this Paper Succulent Centerpiece in your home? Do you have the perfect place for it? Although it was time consuming, it sure was fun to make. I even think these succulents would be so fun put on a wreath. What do you think?