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DIY Paper Succulents


I’m loving the hot trend of decorating with succulents! Everywhere I go, I see adorable little planters, wreaths, boxes, and even teacups filled with them! I purchased a few for my living room and have loved them; however, I’ve decided paper succulents are more my speed due to the “ick” factor . . . bugs.

Recently, I sat down with some of my beloved Stampin’ Up! dies and punches to see what I could come up with using cardstock. I want to enjoy my succulents “bug-free,” please!


With just a handful of supplies, I created these simple succulent plants that are very easy to make.


I made these teeny tiny little babies with the Pictogram Punches Stamp Set (item # 134264), the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack flower (Item # 133787), Wild Wasabi ink (item # 126959), and Wild Wasabi Cardstock (item # 108641). You’ll only need three punched images for each. These are super-fast and easy!


This beautiful, large succulent is easy peasy, too. I simply stamped a flower image from the Beautiful Bunch Stamp Set (item # 134282) on Pear Pizzazz Cardstock (item # 131201) with Pear Pizzazz ink (item # 131180), then punched it out using the Fun Flower Punch (item # 133785). You’ll need six punched shapes for this one.


Next up, I decided to get out my Big Shot (item # 113439). The five-point flower from the Flower Fair Framelits Dies (item # 133731) is perfect for this. Before die cutting my So Saffron Cardstock (item # 105118), I stamped it with a splatter stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set (item # 130517) in So Saffron ink (item # 126957). Make sure you die cut five of these.


Last, but certainly not least, I created this fun Mint Macaron succulent. Make six of these shapes using the Bouquet Bigz L Die (item # 137367).

I put together this quick reference sheet for you so you can refer to the stamps and punches/dies I’ve used for each plant.


I hope you’ll give them a try!

Allison Okamitsu

Artisan Design Team 2014–2015


  • Erica

    Oct 17

    Beautiful job and very creative using other dies and punches. I'm curious how you assembled them in the pot. Thank you

  • Bronwyn Eastley

    Oct 17

    Wow! Allison, I certainly did give these a try and loved making your paper succulents. Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration.

  • Debbie Olson

    Oct 17

    VERYVERYVERY creative. LOVE the NO BUGS!!

  • Bonnie Russell

    Oct 17

    Great job, I love it!😊

  • Jeanne

    Oct 17

    This is adorable! What size pot did you use and what did you use for "dirt"? I'm definitely making one of these.

  • Nancy Fitzgerald

    Oct 17

    Thank you for sharing. Your paper succulent arrangement is very clever and pretty.

  • C. Bowden

    Oct 17

    This is brilliant, Allison!

  • Tandra Boyer

    Oct 17

    Completely amazing!!!

  • Tara Nolte

    Oct 17

    Oh my heavens, these are AWESOME! Cannot wait to make my own. You are sooooo clever! :)

  • Christina

    Oct 17

    How awesome!!! You did a great job! Can't wait to try this.

  • Midge

    Oct 17

    I love this! Wow Allison, too Cool!