Felt Succulents in Thrifted Planters

Felt Succulents in Thrifted Planters

Seven years ago, in the earliest days of my blog, I published a tutorial for felt succulents. But like all the blog posts of that time, the photos were dark, blurry, and otherwise terrible. So, I decided to re-do the entire project, and let me tell you- I am IN LOVE with the results.

Not only are the felt succulents absolutely adorable, but I thrifted for interesting “planters” for them. Such as this snail basket…

Snail basket

And a vintage flour sifter.

Vintage flour sifter

Once I had those, and some special wool blend felt (more on that in a moment), I was ready to once again, try my hand at making some DIY felt succulents.

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The Art of the Felt Succulent

First, the felt. I wanted more natural colors than what craft stores typically offer. And I found just what I was looking for from this Etsy shop.

Wool felt for DIY felt succulents

Those colors came from two different packs: The Succulent Collection and The Earthy Heathers Collection.

To get started, I only needed a sheet of felt, some sharp scissors, and my hot glue gun.

Making felt succulents for home decor

You could use other glues, like a fast-drying craft glue, but hot glue is my favorite for this project.

First, I cut out a 1” wide strip of felt that was about 3” to 3½” long. I rolled it up tightly and hot glued the flap to keep it in place.

Rolled center of DIY felt succulents

This will be the center of the felt succulent. It also acts as a “handle” to hold onto when you add leaves to it.

Next, I cut out four identical leaves that were fairly small, about ¾” tall.

Cutting out the leaves for felt succulents

Building the Felt Succulents

Then, I simply drew a line of hot glue along the very bottom of each leaf and attached it the center coil, overlapping as I went.

Beginning of a felt succulent

I did the same thing again, but with 4 identical leaves that were larger in size. I glued them offset to the previous leaves, so that they were fully visible between two of the smaller leaves.

Making the felt succulents

And again…you get the picture.

Felt plants or felt succulents

Each layer included a set of progressively larger leaves. And if you look at the sheet of felt there, you’ll see that I used less than half to make this little guy!

How to make felt succulents

I stopped when I was satisfied- but you can literally go as long as you want. Your felt succulent just gets bigger and bigger, and I wanted fairly dainty felt succulents.

DIY felt succulents

When I was done, I turned the plant over and snipped off the excess “coil” so that it had a nice flat bottom.

Succulent Crafting with Felted Wool

As cute as my star succulent was, I have a real soft spot for the trailing succulents, like string of pearls. And I desperately wanted to make a version out of felt.

But how? How would I get the dimension right, since string of pearls have little round or oblong leaves?

I turned back to Etsy and found what I needed: Felted Wool Beads (Size 1cm)!

Making a string of pearls succulent with felted wool

After grabbing some coordinating embroidery floss and an embroidery needle, though, I proceeded to “massage” each bead. I wanted them to be a little more oblong, closer to teardrops than spheres.

So, I simply rolled them in my hand and between my fingers to do so.

Felted wool balls for succulent crafts

Next, I threaded my needle with a strand of floss and strung them along. I offset each one slightly and secured it in place with a tiny stitch.

Felted wool balls on embroidery floss

I had ordered 50 beads and ended up making two strands- one of 30 and one of 20.

Making a string of pearls succulent from felted wool

Oh my gosh, it turned out cuter than I had hoped!

Succulent Display Ideas

I made one felt succulent after another, using different techniques (such as this version I found on YouTube). As I got the hang of them, I got creative with the technique.

For instance, I pinched the leaves together with a little glue for some of them first, which added more dimension.

In the end, though, this was my collection of felt succulents (and yes, I have a TON of felt left).

Different styles of felt succulents

Aren’t they THE CUTEST? I can’t decide on a favorite…

To display my felt succulents in my unusual planters, I used floral foam. I cut the foam to fit inside the planters.

But instead of using hot glue to fix the felt succulents in place, I used extra long straight pins! I simply pierced each felt succulent through one of the lowest leaves and stuck it to the foam.

Felt succulents in a snail basket

It was just a matter of layering them together in each planter. I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.

Felt succulents in a vintage sifter

Using the long straight pins to attach them to the foam means I can change them up at any time!

Felt Succulents in Thrifted Planters

And just like that, I had some of the CUTEST little succulents I had ever seen. Whimsical planters and felt succulents were MEANT to go together.

Felt plants for home decor

I mean…can you stand it? The cuteness? And that they will never die or rot!

DIY felt succulents in a vintage sifter

I know I’m including a LOT of photos of these felt succulents, but I’m just absolutely in love with them.

Succulent planters from the thrift store

Ok, I’m done- I’ll spare you any more photos. But tell me, will you be making some felt succulents soon now?

You’ll love them- I promise! And funky or silly planters from the thrift store (or from the back of your cupboard) just put the cuteness over the top!

For instance, check out the desktop Zen garden with felt succulents that I made for Habitat ReStore in Charlotte, NC! I upcycled a mini muffin tin as the “planter”.

Desktop zen garden

And if you enjoyed this craft idea for felt succulents, then you may also enjoy how I made these faux cactus plants, too!

Cactus decor with a Boho vibe by upcycling the post caps into Boho plants

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. I love these!! Definitely going to try this!!

    Tania

  2. Kay Bowles says

    These are absolutely adorable!!! I can’t wait to tackle making them! I love household plants but our cat loves them too and I now live plantless! This changes things! Thank you!

  3. Super cute! And that wicker turtle!

  4. I have a very large glass shell I wanted to fill with actual succulents maybe this is a better idea. I definitely wouldn’t have to do much to take care of them. Is there anything you cannot do, you are extremely talented.

  5. Cute idea!

  6. As always your creativity is fantastic. I love receiving your posts. It doesn’t matter what sort of day I am having when I see your email I open it joyfully anticipating the pleasure of viewing your projects. Thank you 🙂

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      I *really* struggled whether to share this yesterday or not, given everything that had happened. But it was already scheduled to publish, so I let it go.

  7. Oh, my favorite is that purple “aloe” looking one! How cute. My summertime pot of succulents are slowly losing the bottom leaves–and the aloes just turned to green slime. SOOO sad! I love plants that I can’t kill! And that can even be vacuumed!

  8. MamaBear Michelle says

    Love love those beautiful felt succulents & flowers you made! Love the unique planters together!!

  9. Sonja Hansen says

    These are adorable. I still use my sifter. It is nearly sixty years old and looks it. I may decided to give it a new purpose.

  10. I bet I wouldn’t overwater these! Love them!

  11. Love these! And so happy you are getting better.

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