We had so much fun making felt succulents for our Peace in Christ tote bag, that we just had to make some more! This project is quick and easy, AND budget friendly.
Here are the supplies needed:
Various shades of wool felt, freezer paper, iron, sharp scissors, spray starch...as seen in original tutorial
Styrofoam ball OR small pebbles
Hot glue gun
IF YOU ALSO WANT TO DECOUPAGE YOUR POTS: Scrapbook paper, Mod Podge or white school glue, paintbrush
SOURCES: Small pot in stand was purchased at Joann Fabric, Small clay pot and pea gravel can be purchased at any big box hardware store or local nursery.
We won't go into the details of making each felt succulent since we already have a detailed tutorial here
Begin by placing a styrofoam ball into your clay pot. You may glue it in, or simply set it in (mine fit nicely without gluing). If you prefer using small rocks, simply fill your pot with rocks.
Begin adding your succulents to the prepared pot. If you are using the styrofoam ball, it will take about 7-8 medium to small succulents. I LOVE the simplicity of one succulent in the pot with the pebbles... how easy it that!!
NOTE: These pots are small, so to keep things in scale, I made my succulents small too. I did not use the largest pattern pieces of each of my succulent templates, and for most, I only used the three smallest pattern pieces. You DO want a variety of sizes to make it realistic looking.
To secure the felt succulents to the styrofoam ball, simply push a straight pin through the center of the succulent and into the styrofoam. To secure the succulents into the pebbles, take a short piece of skewer and hot glue it to the back of the succulent. holding it upright until the glue has hardened, then gently wiggle the succulent and skewer down into the pebbles.
NOTE: In the original tutorial I suggest sewing the individual felt pieces together, either with a sewing machine or by hand with needle and thread. You can hot glue each piece together, HOWEVER, it will be almost impossible to stick a straight pin through that much hardened hot glue, so if you choose to use hot glue, I would hot glue each succulent to the styrofoam ball.
There are many online tutorials for decoupage...but all that is needed is to tear paper into small pieces, coat each with glue and stick to the pot until it has been covered, and let dry.