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!

how to make the ultimate cheese platterCheese platter tips from Fiona Michelon

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!

8 IKEA FURNITURE HACKS

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There’s nothing I love more than a super creative and easy furniture makeover, and when it comes to low cost furniture, Ikea has to be one of the most perfect places in the universe. Why settle for the finished piece straight out of the flat pack box when you can add a bit of love and have a gorgeous masterpiece of your own which looks a million bucks?! They’re commonly known as Ikea hacks these days and if you google the term, your mind will be blown by the 100’s of creative ideas from around the globe.

I’m sharing 8 ideas I’m absolutely loving at the moment. They all look amazingly expensive and glam and have me all excited to visit the wonderful land of Ikea this weekend!

  1. Such a simple idea and who knew these chairs could look so amazing? Style Me Pretty has nailed it on this chair makeover

  2. Last year I spent forever brainstorming ways I could make a long ottoman for the end of my bed, but nothing was quite right, but this project by Dwellings by DeVore is so spot on I am definitely giving it a go.

  3. This reclaimed wood buffet cabinet by Place of My Taste is my all time favourite Ikea hack I think. You would never know it was just a plain cabinet before and what an easy project!

  4. I would never think to paint a chair cobalt blue but after seeing how gorgeous this office chair turned out from Style Me Pretty I’m dying to paint something blue now!

  5. Doesn’t get much simpler than putting a tree stump on a stool base as SeaKettle has done, and the result is just so good.

  6. For a simple vintage industrial look at some faux card catalog details to the front of a cabinet – genius! This gorgeous project can be found on Windgate Lane. 

  7. A really easy shelving idea from Lay Baby Lay which looks uber glam.

  8. Mandy from Vintage Revivals is kind of the queen of awesome mid-century modern style DIYs and this dresser has to be one of my faves. Love a peach and gold combo!

Which is your fave?

Fiona x

5 WAYS TO UPDATE A BORING CUSHION

5 Crafty Ways To Update a Boring CushionImage from Amy Sia

 

If you’re like me, you might have those cushions which hang around home (probs in the cupboard by now) and aren’t overly special but we bought them because while out shopping we thought we were the next Neil Whittaker for a moment and bought them to add some ‘texture’ to our room. But in actual fact, we kind of bought a dull beige cushion which is actually pretty damn boring to look at after a few months. Never fear though friends, I thought I’d share a few ideas for updating these cushions to transform them back into something to be loved and displayed with pride.

There’s actually SO much you can do with plain throw cushions, and the end result won’t look like an amateur crafty mess, I promise.

 

Buttons

5 Crafty Ways To Update a Boring Cushion

Image sources (clockwise from top left): 1 A Delightful Blog 2 Next.co.uk 3 Bedeck Home  4 Shelterness

 

The first and most obvious change is adding some cool buttons. It’s one of the most simple ways to transform a cushion and it’s perfect for those not yet ready to commit to crazy colour. Pop a big one on the middle or space them out evenly.

My advice would be to stay away from buttons which are too small or traditional, and aim for bright colours or bold patterns, have fun with it and even mix up a bunch of clashing bright colours. Over-sized or shank-back buttons (crafty talk for buttons without holes – just a loop on the back) can help to give a much more modern look too. Craft stores usually have a massive range but try Etsy or Op Shops for something a bit different.

 

Paint

5 Crafty Ways To Update a Boring Cushion

Image sources (clockwise from top left): 1 Patchwork Cactus  2 Handmade Charlotte  Oh The Lovely Things   4 The Vallentine Project
 

If you don’t do much crafty time it might seem crazy, but it’s actually really simple to paint on your cushions, and if you use fabric paint it’s as good as store-bought and will stay forever. The options are seriously endless too – get crazy with some abstract brush strokes, paint lots of tiny dots or freehand some shapes.

You could create a stencil shape out of some card and stamp on some patterns to your fabric. When you’re stamping I recommend either use a tiny bit of sponge to dab the paint in an up and down motion, or buy a flat tip paint brush and use a dabbing motion – this way you won’t have any bits seep under your stencil.

You can also cut a shape out of foam sheets and glue to a wooden block to make your own custom stamp shape. Use a mini foam roller or a bit of sponge to dab your paint onto the foam sheet so it’s a nice even coat before stamping. Check out my watermelon stamp tutorial here for a step by step guide.

Think outside the box! You can actually turn any old object into a stamp too. Like the shape of an old button or random object? Roll some paint on it and see what it stamps like on some scrap paper. Or why not try your hand at dip dying for an ombre look? 100x easier than it looks. You just literally dunk some fabric into diluted fabric dye in a bucket, rinse then let dry.

Make sure you use fabric paint (available at any craft store) so that there’s no risk of it rubbing off on your clothes or sofa. Then you can just seal it in once it’s dried using an iron.

 

Pom Poms

5 Crafty Ways To Update a Boring Cushion

Image sources (clockwise from top left): 1 Country Living  2 The Makerista 3 Arro Home via The Design Files 4 The House That Lars Built

 

The craft nerd in me couldn’t leave these bad boys out and they’re probably one of my fave cushion details of all time. Pom poms have come a long way in recent years from being a daggy nanna accessory to being really fun. Opt for bright or clashing colours to give your cushion a completely modern and cute makeover. To make your own giant pom pom just pick up some yarn and start wrapping it around a small piece of cardboard. Then just thread one of the pieces through your cushion and tie in place in the middle of your cushion cover. You can find a good tutorial for this here. Remember – the more yarn you do the fluffier it will be! You can also tease the ends to make it super fluffy.

You can also buy rows of adorable mini pom pom trim like the below which you can sew to your cushion too. As the cushion is already sewn together you can’t really attach it to the seems properly, but you can get creative and put some strips right across the middle.

 

Stitch Details

5 Crafty Ways To Update a Boring Cushion

Image sources (clockwise from top left): 1 Remodelaholic  2 Etsy 3 The Minty Fox  4 Oh Oh Blog

 

Embroidery details have a bit of an old school reputation but they can actually look super modern and a bit kitsch if you go for a quirky pattern in contemporary colours.

Lightly pencil on your pattern to your cushion first so you know where to stitch. If you’re doing something more detailed, try out an embroidery hoop too so that your fabric is nice and taught.

 

Iron On Transfers

5 Crafty Ways To Update a Boring Cushion

Image sources (clockwise from left): 1 Rose and Grey  2 Everyday Dishes  3 Skonahem 

 

Iron on transfers are kind of genius. You basically just print out any picture or photo onto this special paper using an inkjet printer and simply iron it onto your fabric. Don’t just imagine cheesy family portraits either, think gorgeous landscapes, cool random objects, animals or geometric patterns. Just remember it will iron in reverse! You can find a good tutorial over here.

 

Hope I’ve inspired some weekend cushion makeovers! I’d love to hear stories or see pics of past cushions you’ve given a new life to. Tag the hashtag #crafthunter on Instagram so I can see!

Have a good week guys

Fiona x

 

 

SHRINKY GEM EARRINGS BY ERYN WITH A Y

diy-shrinky-dink-gem-earringsEryn from quirky craft blog Eryn With A Y is our special contributor for this week and she’s made these awesome gem earrings from Shrinky Dink plastic. I’d never actually even heard of Shrinky Dinks but have now realised I was robbed of a childhood. Such a cool material!

Eryn’s blog is full of fun and clever tutorials, definitely worth a peek. Especially loving these foam planters and this simple makeover on some thrift store baskets.

Big thanks to Eryn for this nifty tutorial. Over to you…

Fiona x

 

I’ve had these sheets of Shrinky Dink in my cupboard for years; so long I can’t remember buying them, or what I was planning to do with them! I’m sure it was amazing though, just like this project!

A post-Christmas cupboard clean out and some cute gift tags from Typo brought about this DIY earring idea.

If you’re looking for some more statement earrings, check out the companion post to this on Eryn With A Y, “Chevron Letter Earrings”. Both projects can be done in an afternoon, and worn out on the town that night. Although I wouldn’t suggest wearing both at once, especially if you only have one piercing.

SUPPLIES-BAR

  • 1 x sheet of Shrinky Dink plastic
  • scalpel and cutting mat
  • gold spray paint
  • gem print out
  • 2 x jump rings and earring findings
  • black marker
  • an oven

Time: 1 hour.

Cost: Approx. $30 for all materials new

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Step 1: Search ‘gem’ in Google Images and print out a selection in three different sizes. I find it hard to judge the printed size of an image for some reason, so I always hedge my bets.Stencil

Step 2: Take a black marker and draw out the parts of the image that will make up your design, and then cut it out with a scalpel. I used a ruler to make sure I got a nice, straight line.Stencil-Cut-2

Step 3: Transfer the image onto the plastic with the marker and cut it out with the scalpel. Don’t worry if there’s some marker line on the final cut, you’ll be spraying over it anyway. Don’t forget to cut a small hole in the top for the jump ring to thread through.Pre-Shrunk-2

Step 4: Put the plastic in the oven (pre- heated to 150 degrees or whatever the instructions on your shrink plastic recommends). Keep a close eye on it, sometimes it needs a little longer than others, but it should completely shrink in just over a minute.Shrunk-3

Step 5: Spray the shrunk shapes with spray paint.Painted

Step 6: Fit the jump ring and the earring to the painted shape.

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