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How To Make A Repurposed Felt Succulent Garden

Making this repurposed felt succulent garden was so much fun. It really got my creative juices going, trying to work out how to make different succulents out of sweater felt scraps.

Working out how to mount my succulent garden and upcycling a container to show it off just added to the creative joy.

I’m such a craft geek, I get a kick out making lovely things out of repurposed materials. Not only that I get even more of a kick when it’s made with the scraps from other upcycling projects.

Using Sweater Felt Scraps To Make A Gorgeous Felt Succulent Garden

These weren’t my first faux succulents, I made some super cute tiny ones out of plastic bottles for my upcycled terrariums. But with these succulents, I delved deep into my bag of sweater felt scraps. Leftover from all my other upcycled sweater projects.

I’ve always wanted a faux succulent garden. I’ve seen some amazing crochet succulents and cacti on Pinterest but unfortunately, my crocheting skills aren’t up to recreating one. However, when I spotted this amazing succulent garden made out of quilled paper I got the idea to make my garden out of my felted sweater off-cuts.

I love upcycling fabrics for the home, previously I made a gorgeous sweater felt rug using a sort of quilling technique. I have also made some gorgeous fabric mushroom displays out of old bedsheets.

DIY felt faux succulents garden in upcycled stone tin

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What you need to make an upcycled sweater felt succulent garden

Ikea cookie tin and trivet

How to make an upcycled felt succulent garden

Making the Succulents

1.Spiky Green Succulent

  1. I made several different felt succulents. The first lot I made were using a quilling technique similar to the paper quilled succulents here. Cut the felt into long 5mm strips with a rotary cutter.
  2. To make this succulent. Paste one side of the felt strip with fabric glue and then wind it around floristry wire. Overlap the felt as you move down the wire. I made each spiky leaf about 6-7cm long and I made about 9 in total.
How to make a spiky succulent

2. Red Round Leafed Succulent

For this succulent like I simply rolled my strips of felt into tight flat spirals. I used a dab of fabric glue on the end to keep it from unravelling. You will probably have to use a pin to hold the spiral in shape as the glue dries. I made 12 of these red spirals, five large and five small. Then using a glue gun I glued them into the succulent shape below.

3. The Other Quilled Felt succulents

For these Other succulents, I used a slightly thicker felt strip and quilled the felt into a dome shape. With the tall green ones I cut some tiny flowers out of pink felt and stuck them to the top. I also hot glued floristry wire the bottom of each succulent.

Quilled felt succulents tutorial

4. Large Floppy Long Leafed Felt Succulent

For this succulent cut a strip of sweater felt about 20cm in length with the width at 7cm one end increasing to about 11cm the other end. Then cut the strip into a zig zag leaf shape and curl up. Secure it with a dab or hot glue and add a wire stick to the base.

Floppy long leafed felt succulent tutorial

5. Purple Flower Faux Felt Succulent

For this unusual succulent I used the cuff of a felted sweater. However you can get the same effect with a folded over piece of felt. Fold a strip of felt about 20-25cm long and 8-10cm wide in half width ways. Cut slits into the felt about 5-7mm apart, don’t cut right to the end. Hot glue the wire stem on the edge and then roll and secure with hot glue.

Purple flower faux succulent tutorial

6. Flat Petal Faux Sweater Succulent

Using a template, cut out 6 large and 6 small felt petals. Glue the small felt petals overlapping slightly into a round. Repeat with the large petals. Stick the small petal round into the center of the large petal round. Don’t forget to glue on a wire stem to the base.

Faux flat petal succulent tutorial.

How to assemble the felt succulent garden

Use the cork trivet to assemble the felt succulent garden. Simple pierce the cork with wire stems on the succulent and thread the wire through. Arrange the felt succulents to fit all onto the cork board. It is so easy to move and change the succulents by using this simple method.

assembling felt succulent garden onto corkboard

Where to pot the felt succulent garden

If you already have a pot suitable for the succulent garden you can just use that. I actually found an old casserole dish that was the perfect size for these succulent gardens.

DIY felt succulent garden in an old casserole pot.

If not you can simply repurpose and old cookie tin by either spray painting it with the stone effect spray paint. Or upcycling the tin with denim like my recycled jean planter.

Tin can upcycle with stone effect
Upcycled sweater felt scraps into a faux succulent garden
Upcycled sweater felt scraps into a faux succulent garden in repurposed jean planter
Upcycled sweater felt scraps into a faux succulent garden

This is one succulent garden I won’t be able to kill through neglect, I’ll just have to give it an occasional dust. Also, it’s hardly made a dent in my felt scraps so I’ve got plenty more to make many more succulent gardens.

I know Christmas is yonks away, but I fancy making a few of these as a gift. Great idea for a housewarming gift too.

You can also use some of the smaller sweater felt scraps to make a pretty heart-shaped flower brooch for Valentine’s day.

I think that this succulent garden looks fabulous alongside my upcycled denim moths taxidermy.

Don’t forget to check out my super cute scrap felt Christmas tree and other ways to repurpose old wool sweaters.

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Heather

Wednesday 7th of November 2018

This is such a cute ides, looks like fun to make!

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 7th of November 2018

Thank you, it was fun to make. I want to make more!

Rachel @ Fresh Design Blog

Monday 2nd of July 2018

What a fab idea, that is absolutely beautiful!

Claire Armstrong

Monday 2nd of July 2018

Thank you, I really enjoyed making this one. I just love succulents faux or real.

Stephanie

Tuesday 5th of June 2018

fab! and super inventive, definitely makes you smile :) #homeetc

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 6th of June 2018

Thank you so much Stephanie

Caro | The Twinkle Diaries

Monday 4th of June 2018

This is amazing Claire — I saw something similar in a craft gallery not long ago but the price tag was ENORMOUS!! I might have a go at making one of these with the kids — what a lovely idea! #HomeEtc

Claire Armstrong

Monday 4th of June 2018

Thank you, Caro. They are fun to make and there are loads of different succulents you can create.

Marissa | Squirrels of a Feather

Friday 1st of June 2018

This is so cute, perfect for those of us who have a black thumb!

Claire Armstrong

Friday 1st of June 2018

Yes, this succulent garden will last forever, it just needs the occasional dust.

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