15 DIY PAPER PLANT IDEAS

15 DIY Paper Plant Ideas

Image source: Apple of my DIY

I can never have enough plants around the home, they are the perfect way to add life and happiness to any space. If you’re like me though this ‘life’ only lasts 6 months tops as I am the ultimate accidental plant serial killer (no really… I’ve killed 2 yukkas recently…they’re meant to be indestructible!) But never fear fellow plant murderers, there’s a new craft trend here to save the day – paper plants.

From the incredibly life-like to the fun and abstract, paper plants are taking over. Plant them in a real plant pot to finish off the look or craft one from paper too. They’re much more fun than artificial plants and cost barely anything to make. Here’s my round up of 15 fave ideas that have left me feeling inspired.

Fiona x

15 Paper Plant Ideas

Oh the paper cacti varieties! |  Source: Goodtoknow.co.uk

 

15 Paper Plant Ideas

Potted paper ferns  |  Source: Lia Griffith

 

15 Paper Plant Ideas

Paper Pilea  |  Source: The Apple Of My DIY

 

15 Paper Plant Ideas

Cacti of the cardboard variety  |  Source: The House That Lars Built

 

15 Paper Plant Ideas

Potted paper split leaf philodendron  |  Source: Lia Griffith

 

15 Paper Plant Ideas

Origami plants  |  Source: Origami Cacti

 

15 Paper Plant Ideas

A colourful combo of cacti and plants |  Source: The House That Lars Built

 

15 Paper Plant Ideas

Paper pervuvian maidenhair fern  |  Source: Handmade Curator

 

15 Paper Plant Ideas

Crepe paper succulents  |  Source: Ash and Crafts

 

15 Paper Plant Ideas

A bright mix of happiness |  Source: Creative Boom

 

15 Paper Plant Ideas

Gradient fern art sculpture  |  Source: Sonia Poli

 

15 Paper Plant Ideas

Paper fiddle leaf tree!  |  Source: The House That Lars Built

 

15 Paper Plant Ideas

Pastel palms  |  Source: Lenzo

 

15 Paper Plant Ideas

Potted ferns from textured paper  |  Source: Taylor Cuts Paper

 

15 Paper Plant Ideas

Colourful table centrepieces made even more awesome by these head vases  |  Source: House that Lars Built

WIN A $100 OFFICEWORKS VOUCHER

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Following on from my recent gift of creativity post, where I gifted my sis the tools to create a DIY travel notebook, I’m stoked to be able to offer one $100 Officeworks gift card giveaway to my lovely readers. Now you can compile your own creative gift pack for someone you love this Christmas!

All you need to do to enter is comment below this blog post, telling me what gift of creativity you would like to give this year, who you would give it to and why?

Would you inspire your sis to make a customised notebook like me? Give a craft set to your mum? Or, maybe a watercolour paint kit to a friend?! Tell me below and you could win $100 to spend in Officeworks.

Competition closes at 12 noon Sydney time, Friday, 18th December. A winner will be picked at random and notified via email (be sure to add your email in the email field when you comment!)

Good luck!

Fiona x

This post is in collaboration with Officeworks

PARTY GOODS GIVEAWAY FROM THE CHAOS CLUB!

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Ok I’ve been right slack in sharing some new posts here lately. There’s been a whole lot going on behind the scenes which I can’t wait to share with you soon. I promise the craft nerd in me is still going strong making a million things a day and all will be revealed in good time but, for now, I think it’s only fair I give back to my lovely readers with a goodies giveaway!

For those of you who don’t already know, as well as this wee blog here, I’m also am the co-owner of paper party goods store The Chaos Club It’s all about bright and glorious paper items for parties and gift giving. We’ve just recently launched some awesome new ranges including these Gold Pretzel Garlands, 3D Watermelon Cupcake Toppers oh and ICE CREAMS! Oh god I love anything ice cream themed!

I’ve got 2 prize packs up for grabs for 2 lucky winners. Each pack contains:

 

  • 1 x Ice Cream Garland
  • 1 x Ice Cream Gift Tags (pk of 6)
  • 1 x Pretzel Garland
  • 1 x Strawberry Coasters (pk of 6)
  • 1 x Multi Fruit Gift Tags (pk of 6)

Prize value of over $50 – woo!

To enter:

  1. Follow @thechaosclub AND @crafthunter on Instagram

  2. and just comment on this blog post below, letting me know which range you like best from The Chaos Club. Is it the Watermelons? Maybe the Licorice Allsorts? (actually pumped to hear which is your fave!)

Entries close midday Friday 6th November Sydney time. Overseas entries welcome.

Winners will be picked at random and contacted via the email address used on the blog comment within 7 days. If I don’t hear back from you by 21st November we will re-draw the comp.

Good luck guys!

Fiona x

SPRING PICNIC TIPS

I’m really excited to have partnered with Woolworths this week to bring you some spring time inspiration. It’s the perfect season to try something new and take your entertaining up a notch!

One of my all time fave things to do when the sun returns after winter is to rally the troops together for a picnic in the sun. Beers, snacks, good company and sunshine – does it get any better?

An awesome picnic doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money (or time) though, I’ve got a few nifty ideas up my sleeve which will help to make your next picnic even better.

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MY TIPS:

  • Picnic rugs are often way too small, so instead try using a table cloth. They’re usually at least 2m long and often waterproof so will keep you up off the damp ground. If you’re using a fabric table cloth, just place a basic plastic one underneath.

  • Use a tray to keep your drinks sturdy. Now you’ll have 2 hands to get stuck into the food!

  • Preparing all the food from scratch can be a boil, so mix it up with some pre-made fresh food. Woolworths actually have an awesome range of things ready to go like rice paper rolls, baguettes and sushi (who knew?!) Your friends wont be the wiser.

Spring picnic tips - premade food from woolworths

  • For a pretty touch, wrap your sandwiches and drink bottles in matching gift wrap and add little name tags. (ohh the instagram opportunities!)

Spring picnic tips - DIY sandwich wrap and tag

  • Bring a couple of cushions and a throw blanket, it makes all the difference when you’re spending hours on the ground.

  • Bringing your fury friends? Be sure to pack a fold away table to keep the food up off the ground.

Spring picnic tips - DIY drink bottle tags

Some of my fave snacks to bring along which are crowd-pleasers (and also happen to look rather pretty) are things like donuts, cookies, easy-to-eat fruit like berries, grapes and cherries, cheese platters, filled baguettes and also soft drinks in individual sized glass bottles always make an impact.

Hope I’ve inspired you to amp up your picnic festivities this spring!

Do you have some tips and tricks that make your picnics awesome? Comment below I want to hear!

Fiona x

Spring picnic tips - jam donuts!

Photos and video by Esperanza Creative

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Woolworths. I only promote brands and products that I truly think are awesome. Thank you for supporting the brands who make this Craft Hunter journey possible!

HOW TO MAKE THE ULTIMATE CHEESE PLATTER

Can you believe spring has sprung here in Aus? Bring on the gorgeous weather!

To get you inspired to try something new this spring, I’m really excited to have partnered with the guys at Woolworths to bring you a week of fun entertaining tips and ideas! I’ve also tried my hand at video content for the first time on Craft Hunter and I hope you’ll love it.

First up, I am sharing my pointers for the ultimate cheese platter.  A topic close to my heart!

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Cheese platters are absolutely the best go-to when you have guests to entertain. They’re easy to pull together, look impressive and, I mean, who doesn’t love cheese?!

The perfect cheese platter is all about a good mix of cheese, fresh fruit and savoury nibbles.  If you’re not on the fruit and cheese bandwagon yet – you need to give it a go and I think you’ll find your life will be forever changed! Try a bit of sliced pear, fig, grapes, and add some tasty fruit paste or quince – they work really well with strong cheeses and create a magical balance of flavours.

Nibbles like pretzels, nuts, olives and dips are always a great idea too. The perfect cheese platter needs to stay moreish and the best way to do that is with a mix of delicious options.

These fruits and nibbles will make the platter extra special, but we all know that the heart of a good cheese plater is the cheeeese! My biggest tip – go for a variety. I always include at least:

  • 1 blue cheese (I recommend the Stilton Blue from the Woolies Gold range which is the one in these pics)
  • 1 hard cheese like a cheddar (try the Oak Smoked Cheddar from the Woolies Gold range too – so good)
  • 1 soft cheese like camembert or brie

HOW TO MAKE THE ULTIMATE CHEESE PLATTER! YUMM

 

Don’t keep your guests guessing what they’re about to eat. Adding little name flags to your cheeses is a fun touch and will take you less than 5 minutes. Print out the cheese names on some plain paper, cut into mini banner shapes and just sticky tape to some toothpicks. Instantly takes your cheese platter to pro status!

 

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If your friends love cheese as much as mine, more is more, so don’t take up precious platter room with your crackers. Instead serve them on the side so your guests have plenty of room to get stuck into the goodness. I love slicing up a fresh baguette on the side too – nothing beats a big piece of cheese on fresh bread – yum!

 

HOW TO MAKE THE ULTIMATE CHEESE PLATTER! YUMM

 

Hope these tips have left your mouth watering and you’re keen to experiment a little with your next platter.

What do you love to put on your cheese platters?

Fiona x

Images and video by Esperanza Creative
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Woolworths. I only work with brands and products that I personally think are truly awesome, so thanks for supporting the companies who make my Craft Hunter journey possible!

ETSY CRAFT PARTY

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Every year,  a big event comes around which brings together all of the craft enthusiasts across Australia for a glorious day of meeting and making – it’s the Etsy Craft Party. It’s like a regular craft workshop, but on steroids. This year it’s on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th of June and the theme is right up my alley… paper! They’re calling it Kaleidoscope: Paper Taking Shape.

Paper is my all time fave material for getting crafty (well, obviously, because I’ve started my own paper goods business)  It’s such an easy material,  doesn’t require special tools, is super affordable, but mostly I love the way you can transform a simple sheet of ordinary paper into something magical with just some snips and folds. Just try googling some paper art ideas for inspiration, there is SO much you can do with it. Weaving, intricate paper cut details, origami, 3D shapes, collages, wall hangings. The list goes on. There is also something really lovely about the simple, fragile and tactile nature of paper. It’s something we use every day but with a bit of love, it can be something really beautiful.

Etsy Craft Party

Etsy, the ultimate online marketplace for buying handmade things and craft supplies, will be hosting a number of free parties around the country, including a giant one at The Rocks in Sydney among the Vivid Festival (double the fun). If you can’t get along to one of the local parties how about throwing one of your own? Register it on the Etsy site, grab some friends, some pretty paper and drinks & nibbles, and see what ideas start coming to life! Don’t forget to download your free craft party kit with printables and guides here too.

I’m so excited to see what everyone creates!

Fiona x

CRAFT WORKSHOPS AT THE SYDNEY FINDERS KEEPERS!

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Hi friends!

Exciting news – I’m going to be hosting some crafty workshops on the 8, 9 & 10th of May at the Sydney Finders Keepers Markets thanks to the guys at Daily Like. SO excited to be able to meet some of you in person and get crafty together!

If you haven’t visited the Finders Keepers markets yet I firstly recommend you definitely get that sorted stat as it’s unlike any market you’ve been to. More of a mini festival with cool things for sale really. Here’s the details:

finders keepers sydney craft workshops

In my 1 hour workshops I’ll be showing you how to make a rad fabric wall hanging like the above. You’ll have free reign on all of the super cute Daily Like products and, better yet, there is no sewing involved so you can purely just focus on your design skills to make this wall flag life-changing-good! The workshop or the finished product are such a cute gift idea for Mother’s Day too as it conveniently falls on Mother’s Day weekend.

As well as my wall hangings there are workshops to make a selfie softie (aka an adorable cushion with your crafted self portrait on it like the below – urmm cute!!) with Sarah from Daily Like and also a surprise paper garland with paper craft queen Rin Dawson of Papered Thoughts

Booking are essential so don’t miss out, lovelies!  Head over here to book.

Timetable:

FRIDAY 8TH MAY 2015

6.30pm – 7.30pm Fabric Wall Hanging with me!

8.30pm – 9.30pm Surprise Garland with Rin of Papered Thoughts

SATURDAY 9TH MAY 2015

10.30am – 11.30am Surprise Garland with Rin of Papered Thoughts

12.30pm – 1.30pm Fabric Wall Hanging with me!

2.30pm – 3.30pm Selfie Softie with Sarah of Dailylike

SUNDAY 10TH MAY 2015

10.30am – 11.30am Surprise Garland with Rin of Papered Thoughts

12.30pm – 1.30pm Fabric Wall Hanging with me!

2.30pm – 3.30pm Selfie Softie with Sarah of Dailylike

Hope to see you there!

Fiona x

Selfie-Softie

 

FLOWER ART BY SISTER GOLDEN

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I could kiss Instagram, because lately it’s helped me discover so many awesome creatives that have opened my eyes to new, beautiful craft techniques. My latest discovery is the incredible flower art by Sister Golden – an online shop based in the US by Mother and Daughter duo Vicki and Brooke.  The detail and the personality that comes through in these faces blows my mind!

Vicki is the clever cookie who creates these flower art pieces, as well as all the other handmade items in their store. Originally being inspired by the hashtag #facethefoilage by Justina Blakeney, Vicki being a gardening addict was a natural at creating their own portraits for fun, which quickly excited Sister Golden’s followers and developed into a booming section of their online shop.

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With all details of the art collected from nature, Vicki simply styles these on piece of white foam core board and leave it all free-standing without glue and snaps photos of them. The end result is this incredible 3D effect that is jumping off the page. She offers commissioned portraits if you would like to see a loved ones face painted with flowers (such an amazing idea for a special gift!) or a range of gorgeous prints are available for sale here.  I’m dying to get my hands on one for my studio, such a happy and free feel to the prints.

I’m left totally inspired!

Check out the full Sister Golden shop here – www.sistergolden.com and follow the girls on Instagram to keep up to date with the newest prints they craft up.

Fiona x

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