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Pink Salt Riot Blog // The Best (and Easiest!) DIY Succulents - With a Secret Weapon You Won't Believe

{This post is part 3 of a 4 part series of egg carton succulents. See part one here and part two here. }

{Part of the purpose of Pink Salt Riot is to give women everywhere tools to help them live lives of authentic joy in Christ. And part of how I plan to do that? By sharing amazing and beautiful recycled DIY projects.

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Yes, I know. Not exactly the first thing that pops into your mind, is it? Learn more about why I feel recycled DIY is an important addition to my mission in this post, and get the down low on everything you need to get started right here.}

It’s time to cut into the lid and make a third kind of egg carton succulent! These have the signature rounded leaves of many succulents that is typically so hard to achieve with paper. Luckily egg cartons have the perfect shapes to make these little beauties.

Here’s what you need for your succulents:

  • Egg carton: the recycled paper kind
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Green paint

Pretty basic, right? I bet you have most, if not all, of the things you need at home right now!

1.Start by cutting into the lid as shown in #1 above. Cut it in half first, then cut the center pieces out of each end.

2. Cut each quarter of the lide into 6 pieces as shown above in #2. the center two pieces that are somewhat heart shaped from each side and the middle center piece from each half of the lid will be some of your pieces for this succulent.

3. If you want to get ahead for the next tutorial, go ahead and round off the pieces you cut from the sides as shown above. Save those for the tutorial coming out next week!

4. Now cut into the flap that keeps the egg carton closed. Cut it apart as shown above. The 5 bumps on that flap will be 5 pieces of your succulent. You can discard the scraps from the flap. (Gasp! I know. I couldn’t find a use for them, which is hard to believe!)

5. Pull together your pieces from both the lid and the flap. I typically use 9 pieces per succulent.

6. Cut a little circle from any old piece of paper – use junk mail! This is just a base and won’t be seen. Choose 4 pieces (usually it works best to use the 4 big bumps from the closing flap) to be the outside of your succulent and use your hot glue to glue them down.

7. Add a second ring of 4 leaves to the middle, filling in the spaces between the first four leaves. Choosing pieces that are a little smaller or trimming them so they are smaller will make the bloom look more natural. Complete the bloom by cutting one piece in half and rounding it off to make two small leaves for the center. I also like to use three sometimes to switch up the look a little. Do what looks best to you!

And there you have it! A lovely little succulent ready to paint! 

Have you started your own set yet?

Let me know how you plan to use them in the comments below! Don’t forget to check out parts one and two of this series as well!