Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Duct Tape Succulents and Faux Pinch Pots!

Just in case you don't already know it, I have a black thumb.  Yes, it's true.  The only thing I can grow successfully is mold in the bathtub.  Thankfully I have other talents like melting things on the stove and gluing random things together!  Today we're making the ever popular succulent out of duct tape and decorative paper.  We're also going to melt some plastic bottles to make the most beautiful little faux pinch pots EVER!  I painted them with Americana Decor Chalky Finish and they look fantastic.
Have fun!  xoxo,  Mark
 My handsome little trio!
Dappled sunlight....They almost look real!
Watch the short video tutorial here!
Duct tape in various colors
Decorative paper (scrap book paper works)
Heavy plastic bottles
 Place strips of duct tape side by side on the back of some decorative paper
Cut the tape covered paper in strips and then in 1" to 1 1/2" pieces
Cut the pieces into 10 small, 10 medium and 10 large leaves
Bend two of the smaller leaves and glue them together
*This is the center of your succulent
Continue working out from the center ending with the largest leaves
Tape 6" pieces of wire on the back of decorative paper (or scrapbook paper)
*Leave about 2" - 3" hanging off of the edge
Cut into long, slim leaves leaving the wire as the stem
Slightly warp the bottom half of a heavy plastic bottle over a flame
*If you're working inside, make sure a window is open!
Paint them with several coats of Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Lace
If you want, fill the pots with a piece of styrofoam 
Add the long slim leaves
Fill with colorful fish tank rocks
Add the duct tape succulents and you're done!


  1. What is an example of a heavy plastic bottle? A soda bottle? Or something heavier? Like a juice, spray cleaner, ketchup, yogurt or taco sauce?

    1. I like using juice bottles. Water bottles tend to be a bit thinner and more flexible. The heavier juice bottles work quite well and they're a bit larger.

  2. Mark, your pots are stunning! I love the succulents, too, but omg, those pots blew me away. Wonderful project!