I love a good succulent! I actually planted some irl hens and chicks in my garden this year (I’m a reformed anti-gardener) and they are so darn cute I can’t stand it! But when it comes to indoor plants, I stick to the crafted kind. This DIY felt succulent planter is a great way to bring some colour to your space and adding the pink detailing gives these succulents an extra dose of zippity-pow!
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I actually designed and photographed this DIY felt succulent planter months ago. It was supposed to be a springtime tutorial. But then 2020 kicked us all while we were down and my best laid plans for blogging this year went out the window.
Now that the kiddos are back in school, I have more time for crafty blogging and I’m finally getting around to publishing this DIY!
This llama planter full of succulents has been cheering up my desk since I made it back in February. I think he’s a permanent fixture now. 🙂
DIY Felt Succulent Planter
You will need a planter type of vessel. Now I’m not saying you NEED to get a llama planter, but I highly recommend it. It’s super cute and makes me smile every time I see it.
I happened to find my llama planter at Staples on clearance, but I think it was a fluke. I found a similar one here on Etsy, but there’s lots of other planter options on Amazon too if the llama isn’t your thing. This set of mouse, fox and hedgehog planters is super adorable.
You could also use a painted mason jar or a small vase you already own. No need to spend extra money if you’ve got something that works!
Here’s what else you’ll need:
Felt in shades of green and blue, 9″x6″ piece per succulent. This is the felt that I use.
Stuffing, poly or wool, a large handful
Ultra Fine Sharpies (optional)
Surebonder Fine Tip Hot Glue Gun
Printed Pattern (Grab it below)
Cutting out the Leaves
There are a few methods you can use for cutting out the leaves.
What I typically do is pin the larger pattern pieces to the felt and cut around them. For the smallest pieces, I tape the paper pattern directly to the felt and cut through tape and felt all at once.
You could also print the pattern on quilter’s freezer paper and iron it on the felt. Then cut through felt and paper at once.
It’s all about preference.
Quick note: I forgot to label the patterns. lol. But you can see from the photo below how to cut out each succulent design.
This succulent was based on a panda plant/chocolate soldier, this little plant seems to go by many names. Either way it features some brown detailing along the edge of the leaves.
You can achieve this with a fine point brown sharpie. Use very light strokes. It’s too easy to over-do the sharpie because the ink quickly sinks into the felt and spreads. I recommend practicing on some scrap felt first.
1 & 2: Add some brown edging (if you choose) to all but the smallest oval. Cut slits as marked into each leaf except the smallest.
This shade of blue felt is called Swan.
3. Add a tiny dot of glue to one leg of each leaf and overlap the other leg to give the leaves a cupped shape.
4. Add a line of glue to the long edge of the smallest leaf and roll it on itself.
5. Glue the 4 small leaves to the rolled center, even spaced in a north, south, east, west pattern.
6. Glue the 6 large leaves to the cluster in 2 layers of 3 leaves.
Light Green Succulent
This cutie is based on a kiwi succulent.
This shade of green is actually 100% wool, called Granny Smith from this shop. I love using 100% wool, it’s a dream to work with. It is more expensive than wool blend felt but totally worth it in my opinion.
1. Use very light strokes to add a little fuchsia sharpie to the tips of the 9 medium sized leaves.
2. Glue 5 of the medium leaves in an overlapping curve.
3. Add glue to the base of the curve and roll the leaves on themselves to form a cluster.
4. Glue the remaining 4 medium sized leaves to the cluster, equally spaced.
5. Add some pink sharpie edging to the large 10 leaves. I used a heavier stroke on the edging to get a beautiful pink highlight. Glue a layer of 5 large leaves to the center cluster, equally spaced.
6. Add the last layer of 5 large leaves, positioned between the leaves of the previous layer.
Take the tiny last leaf, add a teeny dot of glue to the base and pinch. Hold the leaf until the glue sets. Add another tiny amount of glue to bottom edge of the leaf and place it in the center of the succulent.
1. Add a line of glue to the base of the curved piece, roll it on itself to create the center cluster. Glue the tiny 3 leaves equally spaced around the cluster.
2. Glue 3 medium leaves to the cluster, positioned between the leaves of the previous layer. Do the same with the other 3 medium leaves.
Lastly glue the 6 largest leaves positioned between the points of medium leaf layers.
Use some stuffing to fill up the base of the planter but leave a little room at the top.
Arrange the succulents attractively and secure them to the stuffing with a generous amount of glue.
And you’re done!
Check out the Felt Crafts section to find more felt floral tutorials!
Get the free patterns for these 3 succulent designs here:
I hope you enjoy this DIY felt succulent planter as much as I do!
ps. Because your girl needs to support her chocolate habit, I have some beautiful felt flower patterns available in the shop too, including this ranunculus flower! Be a doll and check them out?! 🙂