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

PINEAPPLE COCKTAIL JARS

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I had my 30th birthday party last weekend and these mason jars from The Reject Shop were such a hit! They worked out to only $1.25 each and were super fun to drink cocktails from – even the guys got on board.

The jars are rather awesome on their own, but in my standard style I wanted to add a fruity touch so have transformed some into little pineapples! They’d look so great all ready to go on a party table filled with pina coladas, don’t ya think?

I also really wanted to make a champagne ice bucket that was a bit different. I found these lovely wicker storage baskets at The Reject Shop too for only $20 and with a bit of gold spray paint around the bottom and a bucket inserted inside, it was perfect. (and bonus, I can now use this as a plant pot holder around the home!)

wicker champagne ice bucket

Check out the step by step guide below to make your own pineapple jars and for more pics of the party + tips for throwing your own house party, check out my other post here. 

Fiona x

SUPPLIES-BAR

  • Mason Drink Jars from The Reject Shop ($5 per pack of 4)
  • Green paper
  • Green paint + paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun or craft glue

GET-YOUR-CRAFT-ON

Start by painting your lids the same colour as your paper. I gave mine two coats and let it dry in between.

pineapple cocktail jars

Cut a strip of paper which is approx 6cm wide, and start snipping into it from one side to start forming wide leaf shapes which are around 2-3cm high. Don’t worry about making it perfect, pineapples leaves are supposed to look uneven! Make each leaf touch at the bottom like this, and leave yourself at least a cm underneath for you to glue to your lid later.

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Next make slight fold marks in between each leaf so it’s easy to manipulate later, and also make one long fold line at the base of the leaves. Also snip tiny triangles out from under each fold line – this makes it easier to wrap around later.

pineapple cocktail jars

Now to make a strip of longer leaves. On a strip of paper approx 12cm wide, start cutting long leaves which are around 2 x 10cm. Cut 4-5 of them, then make your paper piece shorter by 2-3cm. Cut another 4-5 slightly shorter leaves, then do the same – cut your strip down by 2-3cm and cut the remaining leaves.

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You should be left with two pieces like this.

pineapple cocktail jars

Now to just glue them to your lids! Make sure your paint is dry first though.

Start with your smaller leaves, in your hand curl them around so they’re ready to be placed.

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Add some glue to the bottom of the tabs and place on the lid.

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Do the same with the longer leaves, curling it around so the longer leaves sit in the middle of the spiral.

To finish it off, use your finger to slightly curl the paper leaves outward to make them look a bit more like natural leaves.

Fill with your fave tropical drink!  Here’s one of my fave pina colada recipes if you’re interested!

DIY Pineapple Mason Jar Cocktails

DIY Pineapple Mason Jar Cocktails

Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with The Reject Shop. I only work with products which I think are totally awesome. Thanks for supporting the brands who make this Craft Hunter journey possible!
 

GOLD ROPE VASE

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Gold spray paint has got to be one of my favourite things in my craft cupboard. It’s actually amazing how good things can turn out with a bit of gold love!

I’ve steered clear of spray painting projects in the past because I’ve always assumed it would be difficult to get a perfect finish, but whatdya know,  it’s actually super easy! As long as you do multiple light coats, and let it dry in between, the world is your spray paint oyster.

If you live in an apartment with only a tiny balcony like me and thought spray painting wasn’t for you, think again – find yourself a giant box and just spray your items inside the box! Totally mess free.

Quick tip – don’t try metallic spray paint on quite porous materials like cotton rope or fabric though,  as it will never have quite the same chromey gold finish. You could try a primer first but still I would recommend just sticking with things like wicker, plastic, glass, plastic-y rope etc and you’ll be fine.

My latest spray paint victim was this rope vase I crafted up on the weekend. I’m loving the textured effect with the metallic gold and as such have also painted a wicker basket that I had laying around home!

SUPPLIES-BAR

  • Gold spray paint
  • Rope
  • Jar
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

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GET-YOUR-CRAFT-ON

Heat up your glue gun and run a line of glue around the bottom of the jar and hold your rope in place. Then just start wrapping it around, and around, and around.

No need to glue every part of rope, I just dabbed a bit every 10cm or so.

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Apply a good amount of glue for the final row, to keep it all in place.

When you’ve reached the absolute top, cut your rope on an angle so it almost sits flush with the bottom row.

I popped a good amount of glue on the rope end to keep it from fraying too.

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Now for the fun part!

Safety first peeps – always cover your mouth with a mask (or use an old scarf tied around your face like I did) those fumes are nasty.

I placed a lid on top of my jar to protect the inside, but it really doesn’t matter either way as you won’t see the inside once there’s flowers in the vase.

Give it one good coat, allow to dry, then flip it over and spray from upside down – this helps to ensure all bits of the rope are nicely covered.

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Leave it until you think it’s dry, and then leave it longer. Don’t do as I did and get impatient and put it on your table only to find the bottom isn’t 100% dry! (noooo)

And there you have it. A super easy idea and sure beats a plain vase any day!

Have you sprayed some items gold before? Or have I inspired you to give it a go maybe??

Fiona xx

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CORK PLUS SIGN PINBOARDS

DIY cork plus sign pin boards by Craft Hunter Blog

Hi friends,

A super quick and cheap one for you today at a total cost of $5!

I’ve been wanting to make a little pin board area near my entryway for a while and finally got around to it on the weekend. These little dudes were actually just cork pot stand trivets from Ikea which come in a pack of 3 for $4.99 – bargain! Cutting the cork actually worked out much easier and neater than you might think too, the trick is to use a sturdy and sharp knife.

I think they’ve come up really well and are the perfect spot to hang some happy photos and postcards.

SUPPLIES-BAR

DIY cork plus sign pin boards by Craft Hunter Blog

 

GET-YOUR-CRAFT-ON

Sketch up your plus sign onto the cork with the pencil and ruler (you can also do this on a piece of paper and cut it out first if you’re not confident measuring up shapes first go) and simply cut it out with your knife.  I recommend taking multiple trips over the cork rather than trying to do it in one heavy cut, as you may rip the corners of the cork.

DIY cork plus sign pin boards by Craft Hunter Blog

For your 2nd one, just place your first one on the cork as a template and trace around it so they’re all identical in shape.

For hanging, I just used these 3M velcro picture hanging strips so they site flush to the wall – much better than double sided tape as it’s actually stronger and won’t ruin the walls when you want to take them down.

Pretty easy, right?

In other news I’m having my 30th birthday party soon (eeew… I know) so be prepared to be bombarded with party related posts of all forms. Nothing like a good excuse to go crazy with the decorations!!

Fiona x

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

STRAWBERRY HOT WATER BOTTLE COVER

DIY Strawberry Hot Water Bottle Cover

It is getting COLLLD down here in Sydney. Isn’t it amazing how quickly things can go from lovely warm sunny days to bam, it’s freezing, wear a coat or your limbs might fall off. But it’s not all bad. If you’re anything like me it means plenty of down time indoors, with a coffee in hand, TV on, wrapped in a blanket.

With snug days in mind I decided it was time to make hot water bottles cool again. Sure, they are a bit daggy and not the most efficient way to get cosy, but when you transform them to be a giant piece of fruit, how can you resist it’s cuddly charm?! Would make for a fun gift idea for a family member too.

I found a thick red dish mat in The Reject Shop the other day and it’s so soft and squishy I couldn’t wait to transform it into a giant fruity delight. A couple of minutes on the sewing machine later and this happy fellow is ready to keep you cosy on the couch.

Are you a hot water bottle person??

Fiona x

SUPPLIES-BAR

  • Thick material or bath mat
  • White material for the seeds
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Green hot water bottle

GET-YOUR-CRAFT-ON

It’s super simple. Lay down your hot water bottle onto your red fabric and cut a strawberry shape, leaving a couple of cm room for sewing.

Now cut a 2nd piece using your 1st as a template.

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If you’re using a bath mat like me, put the hemmed edge at the top so you don’t have to re-hem it. If you’re using regular fabric, fold over the top of your strawberry shape and sew across to give it a neat hem.

Place your two berry shapes together, good side facing in, and sew around the edges with your sewing machine. I did a tight zig zag stitch to keep it nice and secure. If your fabric is as thick as mine it may need to be pulled through the sewing machine as you go but just be a little tough with it and you’ll get there.

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Fold your strawberry right side out. Now to attach some seeds! Just cut out some tear drop shapes from some white fabric or tea towel like mine, and hand stitch them in place with a couple of quick stitches.

All done!

DIY strawberry hot water bottle cover

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

5 WAYS TO USE CREATIVE DUCT TAPE

5 ways to use creative duct tapes

Following the worldwide washi tape obsession there’s a new big sister in town that’s taking the craft world by storm, creative duct tape! OH yes. It’s basically affordable, giant washi tape and opens up a whole new plethora of project ideas. The Reject Shop have some new ranges in store so I’m pumped to be able to collaborate with them and show you 5 really simple ideas for using this nifty product.

These creative tapes are far less tacky than regular duct tape you’d get from the hardware store, so although this means you can’t use it to fasten heavy items, it does mean they are completely removable and so perfect for places like walls (hello DIY head board) or other pieces you don’t want damaged with grose sticky residue.

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HEAD BOARD

diy head board - 5 ways to use creative duct tapes

We’ll start with the VERY simple one. A tape head board might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you are after something different this quick idea might do the trick. These tapes from the Reject Shop are low tac so peel off really easily too (great for us renters!)

The design options are endless too – think of the shapes you could make! A city skyline, pointy triangle top, picket fence… have fun with it.

Just be sure to wash down your walls first to get rid of any dust that will prevent the tape from sticking.

 

PAPER PLANTER/STORAGE BAG

5 ways to use creative duct tapes

Following my fabric planter bag tutorial last week, I wanted to show you guys how easy it is to pull of this project with paper too. I gave this one a geometric pattern made from mixed black and white tapes. I’m loving how crazy it all looks against the quirky plant! (side note –  yes this is totally a fake plant from Ikea – I have a knack for killing any plant in my possession so I am 100% pro-plastic!)

Start by cutting a bunch of triangles in all different shapes and sizes. This was the fun part for me. I cut dozens of them and stuck their corners to the edge of my desk so I could pluck them off as needed. Then just arrange in a crazy manner, leaving about 15cm at the bottom and 20cm at the top.

 5 ways to use creative duct tapes

Tape your two edges together to form a tube like this

 5 ways to use creative duct tapes

Then fold your bottom up by approx 12cm (there is no rule to this measurement, just have a play depending on how big you’ve made your tube)

 5 ways to use creative duct tapes

Then you want to fold in the two edges to form a diamond like this

 5 ways to use creative duct tapes

Then fold down the top and bottom to the centre and tape down with sticky tape, then cover with a piece of the duct tape

 5 ways to use creative duct tapes

Now when you’re folding down the top, it’s easier if you squeeze the the neck of the bag as you roll down. It’s going to get crinkly and some triangles may semi-come off but embrace the mess, you’re going to tidy it all up later. Roll down 2-3 times until it’s at a height you want.

 5 ways to use creative duct tapes

Now just tidy up your triangles and add some extras to cover the back seam.

Fill with nic nacs or a plant. If you’re using a real plant be sure to pop a little plastic bag around your pot plant so any water drips are caught and don’t damage your paper.

 

MINI BUNTING

5 ways to use creative duct tapes

This has got to be the easiest bunting tutorial you’ll ever see. Really cute idea for hanging around the home.

Just snip off a piece of tape about 15cm long. Fold around the 5cm mark. I started by pressing a finger in the middle at the bottom and flattening it outwards. If you’re having trouble lining it up just peel it back and start again. You can always just snip off any accidental over hang too – it doesn’t matter as you only see the front anyway!

 5 ways to use creative duct tapes

Snip the end to be a point or two points. then pop your piece of string across the top and just fold down the rest to secure it.

 5 ways to use creative duct tapes

 

MINI DRAWER PULLS

 5 ways to use creative duct tapes

I hung my mini bunting behind my computer in my study so decided to match it with some drawer pulls on the wooden Ikea drawers I have. They look ridiculously cute and loving the patterns against the light wood. Why haven’t I tried coordinating things more often!

Follow the same steps as above to make your little pointed flag, and just pop it onto the drawer. I kept mine nice and secure with super glue. Any strong glue will work like E6000 too. 5 ways to use creative duct tapes

 

CHEVRON SERVING BOARD

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I picked up this rustic wood serving board on my last trip to The Reject Shop and always wanted to decorate it somehow but wasn’t sure how, as I wanted it to be washable. Luckily thanks to this tape being removable you can put whatever shape you want and just throw it out when your’e done! You could write a word, give it an all over print, or do as I did and give it a chevron pattern.

There’s two ways of going about this chevron design. Either cut out a stencil out of scrap paper, place on the non-sticky side of your tape and cut around it with scissors, or you can do as I did and place the tape straight onto the board and cut your design out with a stanley knife and ruler. It is a chopping board after all!

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Disclaimer: This DIY project has been sponsored by The Reject Shop. All opinions and content are my own and I only ever work with brands I feel are a fab fit for the blog. Thank you for supporting the brands that make my Craft Hunter journey possible!