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These adorable and colorful succulent party favors are not only easy to make and suitable for any special occasion, but they’re very affordable!
I know, you’re probably thinking “No way, faux succulents are not inexpensive” And that’s because when you purchase them from high end craft stores they’re not. But when you find them at Dollar Tree, they’re $1 each.
One. Dollar. That’s right!
We’ve used these exact succulents for decor at our church so many times over the last year, and they look great. You can order them in large quantity from Dollar Tree online, or try to find them in your local store.
I first thought of painting the succulents when I was looking for a unique idea for party favors, and happened to run across real succulents that had been painted. They’re called Kosmic Cactus or Kosmic Succulents, and they’re literally brightly painted, live houseplants. I’m not sure how healthy this is for a plant. I mean, it’s been a while since I’ve attended a science class, but I seem to remember photosynthesis needing sunlight. How to they get that with paint on them? Anyway, I don’t know, but there’s no denying that they’re pretty.
That being said, when you paint fake ones, you don’t have to worry about harming a live plant.
How to Make Succulent Party Favors
To begin, just pull the plastic plant from the flower pot. The base is styrofoam, so they come right out.
Next, you’ll want to cover that ugly black foam.
Flip the flowerpot over, and trace the shape onto a piece of scrapbook paper that coordinates with your special occasion. You’ll want it to fit snuggly inside the pot, so you’ll probably need to cut the paper just a little smaller than your traced shape.
I cut a small X in the center of the paper so the plant will slip back into the flower pot easily.
The next thing you need to do is choose a color to spray paint your succulents.
The main thing you need to make sure of is that your paint is made to work on plastic. You can find several shades that will work HERE, or your local hardware stores. Walmart even carries a few types.
I began with Krylon Maxx metallic silver.
They look clean and modern, and very elegant.
And then I decided that, while soft and trendy, aqua just wasn’t quite what I wanted either.
So, I finally settled with Krylon Maxx Mambo pink, a vibrant color that coordinated with the scrapbook paper I chose.
You can see how versatile these are as party favors. They’re perfect for baby showers, weddings or wedding showers, birthdays, and so much more.
Any color looks wonderful, and you can completely customize them to coordinate with your event.
You’ll also want to create toppers for your party favors, and making those with PicMonkey is very easy!
As you can see, for premium members, there are several pre-made themes you can choose from (premium only is marked by that little crown in the bottom left). Even if you’re not a premium member there are still several designs you can create.
Just put as many as you like onto a white page, print them, and cut them out.
Use a shish kabob skewer cut to size, and hot glue the topper to it.
Insert it into the styrofoam base of the succulents, and you’ve got beautiful, custom party favors!
I use PicMonkey to easily create all my graphics. If you’re a new user, it’s free to try all of the features, and if you love it you can start a free trial in order to save your designs to Hub, create custom effects, and share and export your work.
If you like this project using succulents, you may also enjoy these others that I’ve shared.