Geometric succulent planters

Brighten up a wall, a tree, whatever you want with exotic and colourful, hanging geometric decorations.

1. Transfer the templates provided onto white cardstock. Draw around each onto the reverse of a glossy gold sheet from the Xcut Xtra's A5 Adhesive Foil Sheets Gold, then cut out using a craft knife and ruler. Carefully peel off the adhesive backing from your hand cut shapes and adhere to a sheet of Papermania 12 x 12'' Clear Acetate. You could place each template underneath the acetate before fixing so you can see exactly where the adhesive foil needs to be placed. Trim around the outer edge of all six shapes and use the Xcut Screw Hole Punch to make a hole at the top.

2. Pair each planter and select three tones of brown coloured cardstock for each. Fussy cut three layers of soil, use the darkest colour at the forefront, this will also be the smallest piece. Then use the darker colours, making the pieces bigger. Adhere to the front of the back panel for each pair with the Sailor 2 in 1 Glue Pen.

3. Die cut various pieces of foliage to fill each planter with different tones of green cardstock using the Xcut Meadow Flowers Large Dies and Xcut Flower Jar Small Dies. Run the Xcut Cactus Dinky Die through the die-cutting machine with dark green cardstock, trim off the pot and add tiny spikes with a white gel pen. 

4. Use the daisy sprig die from the flower jar die to cut three bright pink flowers, pop the centre of the die-cut back in and adhere one to one cacti to two to the cacti. For the remaining cacti, die cut a daisy from flower jar die in the same pink cardstock, add the centre back in and draw petal details onto it with the white gel pen. The stem for this flower is die cut from a mid-toned green using a flower from the meadow flowers die.

5. Die cut the largest petal die in the flower jar die in muted green cardstock for the plants that go on top of the soil, then draw dotted details with the white gel pen.

6. The orange sprig is cut from the smallest stem die from the flower jar die. Pop two together for the diamond planter to make it look more three dimensional.

7. Continue to die cut taller, grassy looking foliage for each planter. Snip the leaves off the allium die from the meadow flowers die for another variety of plant.

8. Once happy with the look of your foliage, fix each piece into place, layering it within the soil. Pop the front geometric piece from your pair on top with a small amount of Anita’s Tacky Glue, sandwiching the foliage scene inside. Tie a small length of jute from the Papermania Bare Basics Natural Jute Set through the loop into a tiny bow.

Project and how-to instructions by Sue Smith.

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