DIY Paper Plants
Do you have a black thumb like me? While I’m able to keep outdoor plants alive, for whatever reason, indoor plants don’t seem to stand a chance. Even the hard to kill plants like succulents just don’t make it when I bring them indoors. I have come to accept my black thumb by creating faux plants instead. I have everything from crepe paper flowers to faux succulents, and now I have just made the cutest paper plants thanks to the new DCWV paper plant kit and a roll of gold vinyl. Hey everyone! It’s Kara from A Kailo Chic Life, and I am going to share all the details on making these paper plants with you today.
See how cute they are?! And the best part is that they while they involve a great deal of tracing and cutting, the templates are all laid out for you in the kit. To show you how easy they are to make, I took a few photos of my process. Follow along for all the details.
The hardest part is deciding which plants you want to make. There are over 9 different plant patterns and the kit can make up to 40 plants! I chose a few and got to work. First I made succulents in several colors. I just traced the templates on my paper of choice and cut them out.
Then I used a pencil and my fingers to roll each petal to give the leaves movement and a little curl. The last step was to simply glue the pieces together to create the final succulents.
Next, I tried my hand at the cactus. There are three different cactus templates in the kit, and they are by far the easiest plants to make. Just trace, cut, and assemble.
The last thing I wanted to try from the kit was to create one of their gold plastic terrariums. It was such a cool concept. I cut out the pattern according to their directions and, after a little trial and error, determined that double stick tape is the best way to keep the terrarium together. Once formed, a few aquarium rocks and one of my paper succulents transformed it into a very realistic looking terrarium.
Once you have all your plants cut out and assembled, it is time to make your pots. You can choose to make them out of paper like I did, or you could probably just “plant” the plants in a regular planter filled with decorative rocks.
I decided to make it easy on myself and made a simple pot by cutting out a strip of paper 12″ long by 4″ wide and taping it into a tube. Then I traced one end and cut out the paper and taped it on the top of the tube to create my pot. Using a utility knife I gently cut slits in the top of the pot and slid in my plants. A few of them needed a bit of glue to keep them standing upright. For the succulents I used a little hot glue to glue them to the top of the pot.
The final step was to add a touch of gold. It’s funny how a simple little strip of gold vinyl added to the pots made them look so much fancier. The gold vinyl wasn’t part of the kit, so you will have to pick up a roll when you get your paper plant kit.
I hope you enjoyed learning how to make your own paper plants. Be sure to check out my blog, A Kailo Chic Life, for even more colorful tutorials.