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How To Make A Repurposed Felt Succulent Garden

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

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

I’m a craft geek; I get a kick out of making lovely things from 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 Scraps To Make Succulent Garden

These weren’t my first faux succulents. I made some 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 fantastic crochet succulents and cacti on Pinterest, but 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 quilling technique. I have also made some magnificent fabric mushroom displays out of old bedsheets.

DIY felt faux succulents garden in upcycled stone tin

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What You Need

Ikea cookie tin and trivet

Making the Succulents

The Spiky Green Succulent

Step 1: I made several different felt succulents. The first lot I made using a quilling technique similar to the paper-quilled succulents here. Cut the felt into long 5mm strips with a rotary cutter.

Step 2: To make this succulent. Paste one side of the felt strip with fabric glue and wind it around the floristry wire. Overlap the felt as you move down the wire. I made each spiky leaf about 6-7cm long; I made about 9.

    How to make a spiky succulent

    The Red Round Leafed Succulent

    For this succulent, I rolled my felt strips 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, I glued them into the succulent shape below using a glue gun.

    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 on the bottom of each succulent.

    Quilled felt succulents tutorial

    The Large, Floppy, Long Leafed Felt Succulent

    For this succulent cut, a strip of sweater felt about 20cm in length, the width at 7cm on one end, increasing to about 11cm on the other.

    Then cut the strip into a zig-zag leaf shape and curl it up. Secure it with a dab of hot glue and add a wire stick to the base.

    Floppy long leafed felt succulent tutorial

    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, roll and secure it with hot glue.

    Purple flower faux succulent tutorial

    Flat Petal Faux Sweater Succulent

    Using a template, cut out six large and six 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 centre of the large petal round. Don’t forget to glue a wire stem to the base.

    Faux flat petal succulent tutorial.

    How to Assemble The Succulent Garden

    Use the cork trivet to assemble the felt succulent garden. Pierce the cork with wire stems and thread the wire through. Arrange the felt succulents to fit all onto the corkboard. This simple method makes it easy to move and change the succulents.

    assembling felt succulent garden onto corkboard

    Where to Pot The Garden

    If you already have a pot suitable for the succulent garden, you can use that. I 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 repurpose an old cookie tin by spray painting it with the stone effect spray paint. Or upcycling the tin with denim, like with 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 have to give it 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 gifts. Great idea for a housewarming gift too. There is a tutorial for leather succulents with this leather craft round-up.

    You can also use some smaller sweater felt scraps to make a pretty heart-shaped flower brooch for Valentine’s day. Or use them to make some faux poppy seed heads.

    This felt garden has a Mexican feel and would go together with my other Frida Kahlo crafts.

    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.

    upcycled sweater felt succulent garden

    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.