Paper + rock succulent garden

how to make a succulent garden


I wish I wasn’t so easily distracted.
But the truth is, shiny things & new ideas have an overpowering magnetic pull for this girl.
I have always wanted to be a planner, and very organized.  But the truth is I am somewhere in
between complete slob and neat freak.  With just enough decorating ADD to be dangerous.

I can however say that this has a real, and fabulous purpose.
It is part of Abbie’s Big Girl Bedroom makeover (yes, the one I am still working on hee hee.)
Because every big girl needs a fab plant, or ten in their space
And miss Abbie is going to start off (she’s only 3.8 years old) with a faux succulent and see how
she does.  If things go well, we can add to it.

If not, well, we can wait a while and try again.
But she has a discerning eye for style at 3.8 years of age.  She loves My Little Pony,
anything with Strawberry Shortcake on it (the “vintage” ones-not the new ones with long hair)
and riding her big brother’s go cart around in our back yard, barefoot, with a polka dot bathing
suit on and shades. 

This girl has taste, and she knows what she does and doesn’t like.  I’m not sure she would even
be able to sleep in a room without a small succulent planter in it.
I mean really, that almost is cruel, right?

So, since this is technically for Abbie it’s not a full-on distraction from finishing her painting,
and moving things into place.  Just a teeny one.

Here is what I used to make this super easy Paper & Rock Succulent Garden (they are actually
shells but you know, you can use either)


paper succulent 2


  • One to two 12″ x 12″ sheets of cardstock per succulent
  • One low terra cotta planter or drainer dish like I used
  • One small bag of pebbles, rocks, or crushed, smoothed shells like in the picture (Jo-Ann’s)
  • One small paper flower for the “center” or each succulent if desired
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors


Begin by cutting leaves out of your carstock in a variety of sizes, I used about 3/4 of the sheet for
this size succulent.  Next, fold about 1/2 of them about a quarter of the way away from the base of
the leaf.  This will allow them to stand up and give the plant a full look when you glue it.

paper succulent 3

Take the larger leaves & overlap them in kind of a daisy pattern, attaching them together with 
dab of hot glue.  Continue to do this, circling around until you have used all of your leaves and
have a nice, pretty paper succulent.  If desired use a small paper flower (they have quite a few
of these available in any floral department or sometimes scrapbooking areas too.)  Attach it
the center at a bit of an angle with a bit of glue.  Next, fill up your dish with your rocks or crushed
shells, and place your succulent in it’s new garden.

And you don’t even have to water it, I like that too.

Well, this little succulent is going to probably make it to the top of Abbie’s dresser, or maybe on
her nightstand.  It’s cooler today, so I may head upstairs and work on her room some more.
I really want to complete their bedrooms before school starts.
That’s a bit lofty, we will see how much progress I can make between now and then!


how to make a succulent garden

I hope this finds you having a fun & creative week.  Stay tuned for more thrifty projects as we continue
to decorate & make pretty things on a thrifty budget!


Have a fabulous, creative day!!

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  1. How cute! You are always so creative!

  2. This is just too stinking cute!! I love it!!

  3. so cute! finally, a plant my cat wouldn’t try to eat…or would she??

    • Oh gosh, she just might! I have had one cat who would eat anything so keep this little project up high away from hungry kitties 🙂

      xo, Tanya

  4. Wow, that a creative idea! I love how it turned out.

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