I Felt the Need for Succulents

I Felt the Need for Succulents

A few years ago, I spent a lot of money, time, and effort on three lovely terrariums. I layered stone and moss and dirt, in just the right order and at just the right depth, for little succulents to thrive in. And you know what? I loved them- they were spectacularly gorgeous.

Succulents in vintage apothecary jars by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

They sure were pretty…

And within weeks, they rotted.

Since then, I’ve lived without succulents in my life- but not because I don’t love them! I just…well…kill them, which makes me very, very sad.

So when I stumbled across this tutorial on Shaken Together, it was as if the angel choir burst into joyous song. THESE. I could make them and not hurt them! So I gave it a go. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

First I needed felt, and not just the three shades of green available at a normal craft store. Thanks to Etsy, I purchased some lovely sheets in various shades of green and tan.

High quality wool felt from Etsy to create DIY handmade succulents by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfect plant-y palette!

Based on Shaken Together’s tutorial, I started cutting out “petal” shapes freehand- in several sizes, with fewer “petals” as the size decreased. And I used a scrap piece to tightly roll as the succulent center.

High quality wool felt from Etsy to create DIY handmade succulents by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Succulent building blocks…

Then the hot glue gun came out to play! Once you have all the “petals” snipped, the gluing goes quickly and you have wonderful little succulents that look delightfully close to the real-life versions.

How to make and create DIY handmade felt succulents by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

He came together nicely!

How to make and create DIY handmade felt succulents by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

More pretties!!

 

I liked how Shaken Together had displayed her felt succulents in little rock-filled cups and bowls. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have enough smooth river rocks to fill a bowl, nor do I want a 5-inch diameter bowl to weigh 17 pounds. So I first filled the bowl with shredded paper from our shredder

Displaying DIY handmade felt succulents using a vintage stoneware bowl, shredded paper, and smooth river rocks by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

My shhhhhhredded paper bowl filler secret!

And then, I arranged a single layer of smooth river rocks on top.

Displaying DIY handmade felt succulents using a vintage stoneware bowl, shredded paper, and smooth river rocks by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

See? Far less heavy and you need far fewer rocks.

Displaying DIY handmade felt succulents using a vintage stoneware bowl, shredded paper, and smooth river rocks by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

No one will ever know!

The felt succulent perched perfectly atop the river rocks. Cute, right? I need a few smaller, shallower “pots” for the others that I’ve made, but I’m quite tickled with this one as it is.

How to make and create DIY handmade felt succulent plants by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Success!

Well, what do you think? I can see how making these could be addictive- at least until you are tired of hot glue gun burns. But fun, cute, and unrottable!

Craft on!

S

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PIN ME!How to make and create DIY handmade felt succulent plants by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Adorable! I bought a bunch of felt a while ago and did not do anything with it. lol
    This is one I have to try. Thanks!
    Have a great Easter weekend!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Awesome!! And it’s so easy to do…the cutting part takes a while but is worth it for the result. Let me know how yours turn out and Happy Easter weekend to you, too!

  2. Gah! These are amazing! I LOVE succulents, but I never buy them because I know that I will forget about them and they will die. This is something I could totally be into. Great idea! BTW I came from the Practically Functional link up.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Aren’t these great, Amber?? I highly recommend them- we are cut from the same cloth…love succulents but have had no luck keeping them alive! Let me know how yours turn out…and I just ‘liked’ your FB page as myself and as Sadie Seasongoods!! #sticktogether

  3. How fun! I really have found that I love the look of succulents and I just bought some last week! I am hoping I don’t kill them and am getting together a post where I potted them in a hollowed out log. I hope to get that together soon. I too love the terrarium idea, but am glad I didn’t try that as it sounds like it didn’t turn out well! Fun visit. Found you at the linky party!!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Oh, I bet your succulents-in-a-log will be simply gorgeous!! I would love to see how that turns out…and yes, spare yourself the terrarium drama! 🙂 Thank you so much for visiting, Elizabeth…I’ll be sure to check out your site!

  4. Great idea, I hadn’t seen that tutorial yet, will have to give it a good look. That’s the kind of plants I like. I won a lily plant yesterday at the senior fair in Grand Junction but who knows how long it will live. Have to be careful our kitty doesn’t get into it as they’re poisonous to cats. I’m thinking on who I could give it to for Easter.
    Sorry to hear about your live succulents in terrariums. They were really pretty. But I love your faux succulents alot more. I get too busy and forget about plants. Have some hens/chicks we brought with us from KY that are still hanging in there. Happy Easter

  5. I love this. I may have to try this out. I have a history of killing real plants. By the way, I found you on the FitFoodieRuns linky party.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Same here, Theresa! Especially real succulents…can’t keep those alive at all. So these felties are a great alternative. Let me know how yours turn out!

  6. I’m so not creative at all! These look easy though maybe worth a try!

  7. Thank you for stopping by The Weekend Social over at KitchenDreaming, hope to see you again next week.

  8. This is my kind of plant — apparently, I can grow kids and pets but not live plants! 🙂

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      I do well with most plants but NOT succulents! And I just think these felt ones are so darn cute!

  9. Oh my gosh! I didn’t even realize they were felt at first. This is awesome, I need these in my life, sadly I too kill plants. Sad face. Thanks for linking this up to Snickerdoodle Sunday too and hope to see you next week!

  10. These are my kind of plants!!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Right?? I do well with outdoor plants…I suppose since Mother Nature helps me out…but indoor plants? ‘fuhgedaboutit. 🙂

  11. OMG great share I just did about four terrariums I hope I don’t kill my plants but if I do I know what to try next lol thanks for share:)

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      GOOD LUCK with the plants!!! I never had any luck with real succulents, so these felt versions have been lifesavers- in more ways than one! 😉

  12. I’m an indoor plant killer too…lol. I should try making some of these for our house. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely craft on Merry Monday.

  13. Love your felt succulents. I have a few faux ones that don’t die.

  14. distresseddonna says:

    The succulent looks just like stonecrop. Amazingly easy craft with a definite no-kill component – always good for those without green thumbs. Thanks for sharing at Make It Monday. (And thanks for the link to beautifully colored felts.)

  15. Cool! I never thought of making one out of felt! Pinning to the Monday Funday board. Thanks for linking.

  16. This looks like the project for me. I’m hopeless at caring for indoor plants. Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week 🙂

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