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Paper flower and paper succulents are probably at the top of my list of favorite craft projects. But there’s one problem, I have no interest in snuggling up to a pair of scissors to cut out all the leaves and petals and such. No thanks. If I’m going to make paper flowers, I HAS to be easy and it has to be doable…like these!

Today I’m giving you the low down on how to make easy realistic paper succulents with Cricut. The machine does all the cutting for you and all you have to do is add a bit of dimension with inexpensive craft paints. You’re going to love how these come together.



How to Make Realistic Paper Succulents with Cricut | damask love

First, you’ll need to gather your supplies:


Of course you’ll need to cut out the succulent shapes from the cardstock. I’ve done all the work for you so just click HERE and HERE for these paper succulents in Design Space

How to Make Realistic Paper Succulents with Cricut | damask love

How to Make Realistic Paper Succulents with Cricut | damask love


With a dry brush and a small bit of the lightest shade of green paint, make light strokes at the tip of the succulent leaves. Continue this on each edge of each leaf.

Once you’ve finished with the lightest shade of green, continue with the medium shade, brushing the edges. Brush half as much as you did with the first layer of paint.

Last, brush on a tiny bit of the darkest shade. With all three shades, you should have green ombre effect on the tip of the succulent leaves with the violet showing in the center.


Use your fingers to gently curve the succulent leaves upward


Adhere each layer of the succulent using foam mounting tape. This will create some separation between layers and make your plant look even more realistic.

How to Make Realistic Paper Succulents with Cricut | damask love

Once you’ve learned how to make easy realistic paper succulents with Cricut, I promise you won’t be able to stop! Have fun choosing paper colors and different ombre paint palettes. I especially love that orange ombre on the green paper.

How to Make Realistic Paper Succulents with Cricut | damask love

How to Make Realistic Paper Succulents with Cricut | damask love

How to Make Realistic Paper Succulents with Cricut | damask love

How to Make Realistic Paper Succulents with Cricut | damask love

How to Make Realistic Paper Succulents with Cricut | damask love



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30 thoughts on “How to Make Realistic Paper Succulents with Cricut

  1. Amber,

    I’m slow to the Cricut-love as I just purchased the Cricut Explore Air. Can I make the project with the unit I have? I hope so, I’ve only made the demo which came with my machine. BTW, Loved, Loved, you on the makers’ show and I was rooting for you all along! You are such a wonderful craftswonder (yeah, i made up that word!)

  2. How do you assemble the cacti with the notches? All the cacti that I cut out have the notches on them. Please help. Thank you.

  3. Was hoping to upload a photo here of the women in senior living whom I helped to make these adorbs succulents! They are gorgeous! If anyone can tell me how to show you the pic, I’ll do it.

  4. Hello,
    I would like to make these succulents. I have them in Design Space and sized.
    When I go to make them it says purchase $.99.
    Is that per each succulent or for all of them?
    I have read and re-read your post and nowhere does it say anything about paying for them.
    Thanks for your help.

  5. Hello,

    I don’t know if I am doing something wrong or not but every time I click the links it tells me that the project it private and not available. Am I doing something wrong?

  6. I’m having the same problem as Kira (says the project is private and not available). I’d REALLY like to try your designs! Is there a way you could make them available again?

  7. As always a nice idea, and as always the project is saved as private. All of your older projects seem to have this problem. Can you fix?

  8. Your links don’t seem to work to open up the svg in Design Space. It takes me to the Design Space download page and opens up a canvas but no images open. I see someone else had the same problem. Can you help?

  9. Hi! I’m wanting to make a full wall of these for some bulletin boards that are in the room where my wedding reception will be. Do you have advise of how to mount the succulents to the bulletin boards efficiently and in a way they won’t be too heavy or tear down? Thank you!

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