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The Final Installment of The Best & Easiest DIY Succulents – Part 4 of 4

The Final Installment of The Best & Easiest DIY Succulents – Part 4 of 4

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, part two here, and part three 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.

Wait, what?

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 use the last of your pieces and make my personal favorite variety of the easiest DIY succulents!

Pink Salt Riot Blog // The Final Installment of The Best & Easiest DIY Succulents - Part 4 of 4

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!

Pink Salt Riot Blog // The Final Installment of The Best & Easiest DIY Succulents - Part 4 of 4

Skip to #4 if you already cut into a lid for last week’s tutorial!

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.

3. Round off the pieces you cut from the sides as shown above. These will be your leaves for this succulent – it’s great to have some varying sizes, so be creative!

Pink Salt Riot Blog // The Final Installment of The Best & Easiest DIY Succulents - Part 4 of 4

4. Cut a circle from any old piece of paper – bonus points for junk mail! Take the pieces cut from the sides of the lid and arrange six of the largest around the outside.

5. Use your hot glue to arrange with around the outside of the circle. As you can see from the example it doesn’t have to be particularly neat or even as that adds to the natural look of the bloom.

6. Keep adding smaller and smaller rings of leaves to the inside of the bloom. Feel free to trim some pieces smaller and shorter for the center to help mimic the way a succulent naturally grows.

Pink Salt Riot Blog // The Final Installment of The Best & Easiest DIY Succulents - Part 4 of 4

7. Take three leftover triangles from the second tutorial (or leftover pieces of the lid from this tutorial – hey, maybe a job for the leftover pieces of the flap!) and round the top off them so they look like the other leaves in your succulent.

8. Pinch them together at the base so that they can stand up straight and glue them into the center of the bloom. I like to try and make the pinched bottoms of the leaves nest together as shown in the picture because it’s pretty that way.

Pink Salt Riot Blog // The Final Installment of The Best & Easiest DIY Succulents - Part 4 of 4

And there you go! Four beautiful ways to make egg carton succulents!

To review, from the left going clockwise:

Succulent #1

Succulent #3

Succulent #2

Succulent #4 – this tutorial!

Pink Salt Riot Blog // The Final Installment of The Best & Easiest DIY Succulents - Part 4 of 4

Now to paint and make them beautiful!

Did you make some? I want to see them! Post your succulents on Instagram and tag @pinksaltriot so I make sure to find them!

The Best (and Easiest!) DIY Succulents – Part 3 of 4

The Best (and Easiest!) DIY Succulents – Part 3 of 4

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.

Wait, what?

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!

The Best (and Easiest!) DIY Succulents – Part 2, From The Simplest of Recycled Materials

The Best (and Easiest!) DIY Succulents – Part 2, From The Simplest of Recycled Materials

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

{This post is part 2 of a 4 part series of egg carton succulents. See part one 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.

Wait, what?

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.}

Welcome to Part 2 of my egg carton succulent party! You got all the wordy preamble in Part 1 so I will just get right to it today! Today I am showing you how to make a darling little aloe style succulent with the pieces left over from the first tutorial.

Pink Salt Riot Blog // The Best (and Easiest!) DIY Succulents - Part 2, From The Simplest of Recycled Materials

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!

Pink Salt Riot Blog // The Best (and Easiest!) DIY Succulents - Part 1, With a Secret Ingredient You Won't Believe

1. Start by cutting apart your egg carton. Cut the lid away from the bottom of the carton. For this particular tutorial you will only be using the triangles from the sides of the egg cups, but in the coming days I will share how to make other varieties of succulents from the top as well – so don’t throw it away yet!

2. Cut apart each of the individual egg cups. This is what you will use to make this succulent!

Pink Salt Riot Blog // The Best (and Easiest!) DIY Succulents - Part 1, With a Secret Ingredient You Won't Believe

3. Once you have separated all the egg cups, begin preparing the individual pieces. Cut each egg cup as shown above in #3, cutting four triangles out of the sides. They will be varying sizes, and that’s a good thing! Repeat with all 12 egg cups.

4.Keep ALL the pieces – this tutorial only uses the triangles you cut out of the sides, but earlier this week I showed you how to use the centers to make another kind of succulents.

Pink Salt Riot Blog // The Best (and Easiest!) DIY Succulents - Part 2, From The Simplest of Recycled Materials

Now for the steps on how to make the aloe succulents:

1. Gather all the little triangles cut from the sides of the egg cups. You should have 48 total, but I tend to use about 25 per succulent.

2. Cut a medium size circle (about 2 inches in diameter, but no need to measure! You can always make it too big and trim it later) from any old piece of paper (bonus points if it’s recycled too!). Pick 7 of the largest triangles and hot glue them in a circle around the outside of your paper circle.

3. Add another layer of triangles around the inside of the first layer. Be sure that they fill in the spaces in the first layer as shown in the picture above.

4. Keep going until you fill it all in! Add less and less triangles to each round as you come closer to the center and aim to end with to in the center. It works best if you pinch the bottom of the last two triangles together so that you can fit them together and push them all the way down to the paper in the center so they stand up more than the other leaves. See the picture below for reference.

Pink Salt Riot Blog // The Best (and Easiest!) DIY Succulents - Part 2, From The Simplest of Recycled Materials

And there you have it! A beautiful aloe style succulent to compliment any recycled arrangement!

I am prepping for a big master suite remodel in the next few weeks and these are going to play a BIG part in my new dream bohemian bedroom! Now that you have two styles to make, what uses for these succulents are percolating in your mind? Let me know in the comments!

 

The Final Installment of The Best & Easiest DIY Succulents – Part 4 of 4

The Best (and Easiest!) DIY Succulents – Part 1, With a Secret Ingredient You Won’t Believe

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

{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.

Wait, what?

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.}

If you’ve shopped my home décor shop lately, you know I love succulents. And despite their constant touting as some of the easiest houseplants to keep I alive I continuously and spectacularly fail to do so. Hence the pursuit of un-killable succulents.

I have been making paper flowers for years, but I have never been a huge fan of paper succulents because they just seem so flat and plain compared to their plump and textured inspiration. But then, inspiration struck.

Egg cartons, you guys. They are PERFECT. Theirs some texture, stability, even ready-made forms that are PERFECT for succulents. PERFECT. Just had to say that one more time.

I have developed FOUR totally different styles of succulents using one regular paper dozen egg carton, so over the next few weeks I will be sharing them all with you!

Today I’ll show you how to cut the carton apart and how to make the first variety from the egg cups. You can make 4 of these succulents from a single dozen egg carton.

Pink Salt Riot Blog // The Best (and Easiest!) DIY Succulents - Part 1, With a Secret Ingredient You Won't Believe

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!

Pink Salt Riot Blog // The Best (and Easiest!) DIY Succulents - Part 1, With a Secret Ingredient You Won't Believe1. Start by cutting apart your egg carton. Cut the lid away from the bottom of the carton. For this particular tutorial you will only be using the bottom egg cups part, but in the coming days I will share how to make other varieties of succulents from the top as well – so don’t throw it away yet!

2. Cut apart each of the individual egg cups. This is what you will use to make this succulent!

Pink Salt Riot Blog // The Best (and Easiest!) DIY Succulents - Part 1, With a Secret Ingredient You Won't Believe

3. Once you have separated all the egg cups, begin preparing the individual pieces. Cut each egg cup as shown above in #3, cutting four triangles out of the sides. They will be varying sizes, and that’s a good thing! Repeat with all 12 egg cups.

4.Keep ALL the pieces – this tutorial only uses the center pieces with 4 leaves but I’ll show you how to use the triangles to make another variety later this week!

Pink Salt Riot Blog // The Best (and Easiest!) DIY Succulents - Part 1, With a Secret Ingredient You Won't Believe

5. Now we’re ready to begin making the succulents. You will need at least 3 of the center pieces of the egg cups, but you can use more for a bigger “bloom.” Keep one whole, cut one in half, and cut all 4 leaves apart on the third one as shown above.

6. Begin assembling the succulent. Use the hot glue to glue the four single leaves into the center of the whole egg cup piece, layering the bottoms on top of each other and arranging them so that they fill in the spaces between the leaves of the main piece. (See 6 above and 7 below for illustration).

Pink Salt Riot Blog // The Best (and Easiest!) DIY Succulents - Part 1, With a Secret Ingredient You Won't Believe

7. Once you’ve added the center leaves, hot glue the two halves to the outside to fill out the bloom. At this point if you want a bigger bloom you can add as many half cups as you want to the outside to continue to fill it out. Make sure to distribute them evenly so the bloom looks natural.

8. Remember those triangles that you cut out of the egg cups? You’ll need a few right now! Pick out 2-3 of the triangles to finish the center of your succulent.

Pink Salt Riot Blog // The Best (and Easiest!) DIY Succulents - Part 1, With a Secret Ingredient You Won't Believe

9. Pinch the bottom of each triangle together to make a tiny petal for the center. Use hot glue to add them to the center.

10. You’re done! Now to repeat for as many succulents as you’d like to make!

Not too hard right? You can always make these while watching your favorite show, but I also find repetitive crafts like this to be very helpful for mediation or prayer. You get into a nice rhythm that lets your mind be free to do other things and if you happen to be making these for someone it’s a great opportunity to turn your mind to prayer for that person.

Be on the lookout for the other three tutorials in the next few weeks!

Show me yours if you makes some and let me know what you’d use these for in the comments!