Make a paper succulent!

Brighten up your craft space and make these easy paper succulents using our free templates.

There’s something very calming about having plants around the house – and no plant channels tranquillity quite so well as the simple succulent. With their plump leaves and delicate colours, they’ll help create a zen atmosphere in any home!

Sarah Jackman-Read has created these gorgeous paper versions, so you can make your own easy-care succulents that will look just as good as the real thing and last forever. They’ll make a great maintenance-free display for your home, as well as providing an interesting talking point among your guests. Download your free paper succulent templates to get started!

All you need to make these super-cute succulents is some coloured card, or if you don’t have any the right shade – some white textured card that’s been painted in your chosen colours. Then just cut out the petal shapes, using our free templates, and attach them in layers for instant blooms!

We’ve displayed our plants in a stylish fishbowl vase, but there are lots of ways that you can use them to great effect – pop a single one in a terracotta or ceramic pot to give as a housewarming gift, attach clusters of succulents to a wreath for a pretty perpetual door decoration or use them to embellish a gift bag or box.

Want more free patterned paper? Take a look at our ever-growing collection of free patterned papers, there are lots to choose from and there are lots of different themes. We love these free stylish cactus papers! For more general card making, let us show you how to make cards.

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You Will Need

  • Card
  • Scissors
  • Templates

Step 1

If you don’t have colours of card that you’re after for this project, mix together acrylic paints to achieve the colour you require, paint on both sides of some white textured card and leave to dry thoroughly. Succulents come in a rainbow of colours, so experiment with the shades you paint the card.

Next, download your exclusive free paper succulent templates!

Once dry, draw around the templates with a pencil.


Step 2

Cut out each piece just inside the pencil line. Cut along the lines of some petals where shown, fold the cut pieces over each other and glue in place. Add more shape by curling the sides of the petal.

Make a paper succulent

Step 3

Starting with the largest petals, glue them in sets of three to build the plant. Finish with the smallest petals in the middle. Add more shape by curling petals around a pencil.

Set your paper succulents in a clear glass bowl with white pebbles to really complement the pastel plants!

Make a paper succulent