It is the season for flowers, gardening and starting fresh. It certainly makes me feel alive and full of joy to be outside, hearing the birds singing, the sun shining and the flowers starting to bloom. And I love bringing the outdoors in when it comes to blooms and greenery. I have always loved succulents (thinking back to the hens and chicks in my mother’s garden brings a smile to my face) but some of them come with a hefty price tag. Then I remembered the May issue of Home & Gardens “Make It Yourself” Magazine with their DIY craft “no sew” succulent tutorial. I love sewing, oh wait, no sewing here and I love felt, so I got excited to begin my home decor project.
Due to copyright requirements, I will not be posting a step by step tutorial on each succulent design but I will give some helpful tips and tell you where to find the tutorial. The Make It Yourself Magazine offers a pattern for each succulent but I will give you two links to two DIY projects, one from the designer of this project, Lia Griffith at liagriffith.com in her felt section found HERE and one from the online magazine HERE.
1) Cut the foam to fit your container. Glue foam into container. I used a Twinings Tea tin in bright pink. Cover the top of the foam with moss and hot glue to sides of container.
2) Cut out the leaves/pieces for each succulent. Glue them together according to the instructions you have. I made my own and used a few paper ones from Michaels as well.
3) Wrap the florists wire (cut about a 5″ piece for each piece) around the bottom of each piece
4) Once you know the way you would like to arrange the succulents then you can poke them through the moss and into the foam.
And you are done! I added a gold frame with one of my hand lettered prints, “Create Beauty” (along with two other pretty printable downloads available in the FREE PRINTABLES gallery page), which you can get to tie together the gold in the tin.
I love how these pieces all come together beautifully! Don’t forget to use what you already have in your home to create beauty.
For more FREE goodies for your home, go to the Free Printables Gallery Page. There you will find two 2018 Calendars, quote prints, cards and much more! Here is a taste of one of the watercolour art images from the whimsical vintage 2018 Calendar.
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Blessings from my house to yours.