Anyone else all about plants the past several months? These tiny recycled succulents are made with items like cardboard tubes and kraft paper or paper bags!

Start with:

  • Cardboard Tubes
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Kraft Paper or Paper Bags

Create it!

Step 1: Cut portions of cardboard tubes for succulent pots. Paint and allow them to dry.


Step 2: From kraft paper or a paper bag, cut two identical succulent shapes.

Step 3: Glue the edges (leaving an opening) together. Crumple up more paper and stuff the succulent shape.

Step 4: Glue the opening closed.

Step 5: Paint the succulent and allow it to dry. We did small cactus shapes and also triangles for additional succulent types.

Step 6: Place the succulent into a painted cardboard tube, securing it by placing small crumpled paper inside the cardboard tube.

Step 7: To make a small barrel type cactus, crumple up paper. Cut a square of paper and wrap it around the crumpled paper. 

Step 8: Place the bottom of the wrapped paper into one of the painted cardboard tubes.

Step 9: Paint the small barrel cactus, adding dots or stripes if you'd like!

Step 10: To finish off the pots, add a small band of cardboard tube to the top of each painted cardboard tube.

We've added a few new plants to our collection over the past several months and while we are gaining plant caring skills, these tiny recycled succulents are sure to stay looking great...and no worries if you don't have a green thumb!