Artificial Succulent Art




Introduction: Artificial Succulent Art

About: currently using this tool to find other artists, and mask makers to expand my knowledge and share ideas. Love mid century modern design!!! Anything vintage upcycled!

This is how to make a piece of art that looks like succulents from pine cones.


Shadow box frame

craft paint

saw or large cutters

pine cones tons of sizes

reindeer moss

hot glue gun

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Step 1: Prep Your Base

Either build or buy a shadow box frame. I found you can get cheap art and just cover it. I made this one with a bad "live laugh love" piece. I also like to cover the inside with fabric the color of the moss I plan to use.

Step 2: Prep the Pine Cones

Using a saw cut your pine cones into slices. You make need tongs or clamps to hold them to cut safely. You can also use large cutters like bolt cutters, or a hack saw. Now use craft or spray paint to paint each slice. Once all painted hot glue them in the frame. Its best to lay it out first to ensure a good look before gluing them. Once glued tuck reindeer moss in between them. No need to glue it, just take a paintbrush handle and poke it tight between the pine cone slices.

Step 3: Finish

There you have it, an amazing piece of art that looks alive. Just with no need to water or upkeep it. Have fun building.

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    4 Discussions

    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    10 days ago

    That's a fun idea! I couldn't tell those were pinecones at first, well done :)


    17 days ago

    Could you maybe fix the obviously wrong word in the first sentence of Step 2 about slicing the pine cones? Thanks.


    Reply 17 days ago

    Sorry about that, when I go to edit it shows it as the correct word. No clue why the published version does not. Ill reach out to instructables to see whats up


    18 days ago

    What a great idea. I am surrounded by pine cones and have a saw with no ideas :D I will try this out