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

DIY CEMENT TRAY

DIY cement tray tutorial

Concrete/cement home accessories are huge at the moment. It’s all part of the Scandi-meets-industrial trend that is growing and growing in the interiors world. There’s some seriously cool designs for sale which I’ve been swooning over.. in particular from Zakkia and Raw Luxe (check them out – gorgeous overload!) But when a product is made from a material which is so accessible and cheap, I can’t help but get inspired to try making it for myself first.

This tray was a random idea I had when walking through Bunnings the other week (often the way I think of most of my craft ideas… just wander the isles and look at the materials with an open mind – try it sometime! eg hello carpet headboard!) and it’s turned out much better than expected.

For some reason I was always a bit put off from trying cement tutorials, I thought I wouldn’t get the mix consistency right and it would all be a very sad fail. But take it from me people, it’s so simple and because you’re just pouring straight into existing moulds, it takes all of 10 minutes!

This DIY could easily be replicated with two plastic items of any shape and size to create basically anything – put two cups inside each other for a planter pot, or maybe two small bowls together to create a cement bowl dish. The trick is to try and find items which aren’t absorbent and have a smooth finish (so things like plastic and glass are perfect) this way your concrete will have a polished finish too.

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  • Two plastic trays. Mine were found in the gardening isle of Bunnings, as they’re meant to sit under plastic planter pots
  • Cement mix
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Spoon or stick to mix the cement
  • Oil and a tissue
  • Tape
  • Fine sandpaper

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First step is to mix your cement mix. I used this pre-mixed bag which already has the sand and aggregate combined – just add water.  Comes in a handy small size too which is perfect for crafting, the next step up is the 20kg bag. I believe you can also get these bags in white cement if you don’t want the traditional grey colour.

Remember to cover your hands and mouth when mixing, and ideally do this in a ventilated area, as cement mix is carcinogenic.

DIY Cement Tray

Concrete mix will work just as well as cement mix, totally up to you. I liked the finish that cement mix gave as concrete mixes usually have small rocks in them, but others prefer the strength of concrete.

I found that the runnier your mix is, the smoother the finish will be. Aim for a consistency like a very thick pumpkin soup 😉 Watch too how the mix will seem much wetter when you stop stirring for a second. As you’re stirring the consistency feels much thicker than it is.

DIY Cement Tray

 

Now to add just a little oil to your trays so that the dried piece easily slips out from it. I’m not 100% sure if this step is necessary when using such a smooth plastic mould, but the oil doesn’t create any discolouration or anything so worth doing just in case! Smooth it all over with a tissue.

DIY Cement Tray

 

Pour in your concrete until it’s about 1.5cm from the top,  spread it out a little, then give it several hard taps on the bench to release air bubbles. (the below pic is pre-tapping, yours should look quite even, smooth and wetter after tapping it)

DIY Cement Tray

 

Place your 2nd tray on top, push down until the cement is nearly spilling out the edges. Then tape securely to hold in place while it dries.

DIY Cement Tray

 

Leave it for the time recommended on your cement packet. I left mine for 24 hours. Then peel away the tape to reveal your masterpiece!

DIY Cement Tray

 

Give the edges a very gentle sanding…

DIY Cement Tray

 

You could paint a clear coat of varnish if you want to seal it, but I personally like the raw effect and plan on just using it to display my jewellery.

DIY cement tray tutorial

 

That’s it – pretty easy huh? My finish has some small bubbles in it but I kind of love the texture. If you want to avoid this make your mix even wetter than mine.

Totally addictive. I love that you can just pour the mix into any mould and the next day, wallah, you have a finished piece! Try pouring excess in a plastic cup and pop a candle stick in the top – instant awesome candle holder.

Hope you give it a go! If you make your own tray I’d love to see the end result. Please tag me on Instagram @fiona_michelon_stylist

Until next time…

Fiona xx

EASY DIY CARPET HEADBOARD

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I’ve been meaning to make a new headboard for my room ever since I did this wood fabric one a couple of years back. You should see my secret Pinterest boards, they are overflowing with inspo images of headboards I hoped to one day make, but it wasn’t until I stumbled across this gorgeous blue kinda felt-like fabric in Bunnings that the idea for this simple construction came to life.

Sure it’s meant for marine flooring, not your usual bedding material choice, but I am in LOVE with this vibrant blue colour which has the most amazing texture and mix of blues through it. It’s also a super thick material (you know, because it’s carpet) so meant less layers needed behind it.

The other thing that had really put me off making a proper headboard until now was the thought of constructing a giant wooden frame (especially as I have a king bed – eek!) but I winged it and put together as little wood as possible. I picked up all the pieces from Bunnings and got the pieces cut to size there free of charge so when I got home all I had to do was screw it together – pretty clean and easy actually!

Here goes…

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  • 4 timber pieces 64 x 19mm x 1.2M (I picked up 2 x 2.4M pieces from Bunnings and had them cut it in half in store)
  • 1 timber piece 64 x 19mm cut to 2M (2M is perfect for my king size bed – if you have a queen or double measure your width and adjust this size)
  • 2 x sheets of 7mm ply or pegboard 1200 x 915mm (the total width of these two sheets needs to match your above large panel give or take a few mm)
  • 2M carpet material. Mine is Blue Flat Marine from Bunnings.
  • Drill
  • 40mm countersunk timber screws x8
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Nails (large head if you’re using pegboard)
  • Hammer
  • Stanley knife
  • Pencil

GET-YOUR-CRAFT-ON

First up, it’s always a good idea to drill pilot holes into your wood before screwing. This prevents the wood from splitting when you put the screw into it, especially when you’re working close to the edge like my below example.

I recommend laying your large piece on the floor, and your 4 shorter pieces laid out evenly across, like my below image example (my puppy Ella has decided to help walk you through this one too! haha what a muppet) I didn’t measure I just did it roughly by eye here, and just mark where your poles are with pencil.

Drill two holes per cross-section.

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Then just drill in your screws. You might want a buddy to hold the wood as you drill so it doesn’t spin. Or if you are a no-friends-Nigel like me, do as I did and but it up against a wall.

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Once your 4 vertical poles are all attached, lay your ply or pegboard on top. I didn’t choose pegboard over ply for any particular reason, I just had some laying around home and it’s nice and sturdy. A sheet of ply will work just as well and the thicker you go, the sturdier it will be.

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Now to just hammer your sheet down. If you’re using pegboard like me you’ll need nails with a large head to hold it in place, otherwise regular nails or even screws will be fine.

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A SUPER handy little tip to save your fingers from meeting the wrath of the hammer – push your nail through a piece of paper and use that to hold in place while you hammer. When the nail is down just rip the paper off. Life changing.

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Ok that’s the frame done. Now lay out your material and place the frame face down.

If you are using a thinner fabric, I would recommend adding a layer of wadding/batting material in between the frame and front material to just make it a bit cosier. You can pick this up from craft stores like Lincraft and Spotlight.

Make sure you have enough room around the edges to fold the material over the frame.

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Pull the fabric tight and start stapling down one side edge, one staple per every inch or so. (note – I didn’t fold mine all the way around over the top in my below example of my side piece, as I magically managed to have the perfect amount to leave flush. But if you have extra, definitely pull over the top and staple to the very back of the head board as this will conceal the staples from view.

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When you reach your first corner, cut a rectangle from the corner area with a stanley knife, this will leave your two pieces with a flush finish. Do this for every corner and staple all the way aroundbedhead9

Then you’re ready to put behind your bed!

Because this rests directly on the floor there is no need to fasten to the wall, it just stays in place with the weight of the bed in front of it.

EASY DIY BLUE CARPET HEADBOARD

I think Ella approves.

If you don’t yet have a headboard in your bedroom I totally recommend thinking about it. It can make such a massive difference to the vibe a room and instantly makes it feel more complete. Having a bright one like this too means you don’t need much accessorising to finish off your whole room’s look either – just let your new blue beauty shine.

Hope this tutorial has inspired you to banish those fears of crafting your own headboard and give it a go! Not only will you save yourself $100’s compared to buying one, but it’s pretty damn satisfying knowing you made something so grand.

Have you made or thought about making your own headboard? What styles do you like?

Oh and for those wondering my bedside products are: Cross, Vase and Monstera Leaf from Freedom, Frame from Adairs, Card from Paper2, Bedside from Kmart, Watch from Christian Paul, DIY rope planter is a project I made for Homes+ magazine – tutorial here.

Much love,

Fiona x

TRANSFORM A BENCH SEAT INTO A CUTE PLANTER STAND

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Up until last week, all plants which came into contact with my balcony were on the extinction list. It seems Ella our puppy has discovered they taste rather great and was slowly destroying them until they were ready to completely give up on life. It was time to get myself a planter stand and naturally I had to put my own DIY touch on something as a store bought one will never do!

If found this Kimberley bench seat from Super Amart which is meant for high bar tables so is the perfect height for a planter stand. It’s super solid too so will easily hold lots of bigger plant pots.

Transform a bar bench seat into a planter stand

With a lick of white paint and a scallop edging addition, I turned it into a super cute little planter stand which has kept my balcony looking very organised and safe from the wrath of Ella.

A really fun weekend DIY project which is still simple enough that anyone can do it. It’s simply making over an existing bench – no power tools or mess here folks!

Watch my video below to see how to make one for yourself

Fiona x

 

Transform a bench seat into a cute planter stand

Products featured:

White Joy Chairs, Indigo Vase,  Hermosa Cushion, White Potted Tall Plant, White Vase, Coastal Decorations – all available from Super Amart

Plants and mint green planter pot available from Bunnings, Monstera Leaf and Glass Cloche from Freedom, Aqua Throw Blanket from Kmart, Paper Lanterns from The Reject Shop.

Photos and Video shot by Esperanza Creative

Concept and styling by Fiona Michelon

This post is in collaboration with Super Amart

LEATHER GIFT BOW

DIY Leather gift wrap bowDIY Leather gift wrap bow

When you’re giving a loved one a really special gift, sometimes the usual paper tags and twine don’t quite cut it. You need something that screams “this is one luxurious present dude, get excited!!”  Well with a few leather scraps and a hot glue gun I’m going to show you how the make a leather gift wrap bow which will ooze luxury.

Not just a great gift topper, they make gorgeous Christmas decorations for future too!

This project is super simple, takes about 15 minutes all up and can be made with all sorts of other materials like felt, paper, fabric etc. But nothing really beats the look and feel of soft leather does it?

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  • Leather
  • Craft Knife
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Double sided tape for attaching to the gift

GET-YOUR-CRAFT-ON

You’ll need 7 strips of leather all together, all about 2cm wide:

3 strips at 21cm

3 strips at 19cm

1 strip at 10cm

I started by cutting long strips of my leather at 2cm wide then cut into the correct lengths.

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When they’re all cut, lay the leather nice side facing down, mark the centre and pull one end around to the middle like the below. Pop some hot glue underneath and press the leather piece on top.

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With your other end pull the leather in the opposite direction to the middle, so you’re left with an 8 shape and glue in place.

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Don’t pull it the same direction or you’ll be left with pretzel shape like this which will get you into a right pickle.

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Do this with all of your pieces except for the one 10cm piece. Your 10cm piece just needs to be looped into a ring like this:

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Now to put it all together! Start with the three larger pieces. Place one horizontally in front of you. Then place the other two in a cross shape on top of this straight line. It should look like this:

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Now for your other 3 pieces. Stack them in different positions til you’re left like this:

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Now to glue on the ring. Face this in the opposite direction of the last two rings.

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To fasten to you gift, add a square of double sided tape to the bottom.

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Pretty cute huh??

Fiona x

DIY Leather Gift Wrap Bow

DIY BOHO CHRISTMAS PICTURE CHANDELIER

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One thing I definitely don’t have enough of around home are photos of all my family and friends. Isn’t it kind of crazy that we all basically have a camera in our pocket 24/7 these days and take the most amazing photos all the time but we don’t print a single photo to display around home like our parents did? I don’t even share them on social media anymore, they just sit in my phone for me to browse one day when I’m feeling bored. Ridiculous!

Good news for all you lazy folk like me who have had this realization too but are still too busy to do anything about it! I’ve discovered the KODAK MOMENTS app which is free to download and allows you to get pics printed and posted to your home straight from your smart phone, or you can wirelessly transfer photos from your phone to a KODAK Picture Kiosk.. So much easier than the days of USB files! You can edit your pics before printing too, add filters, crop sizes etc.

Along with putting a bunch of pics in frames around home, I decided to incorporate some printed photos of my family into my Christmas decorating this year. With my family living interstate in Adelaide (and overseas too now that my little sis is travelling the globe for the next year!), it makes putting up the Chrissy decorations even more special.

I’ve gone with a minimal, boho decorating theme this year, with lots of white, glass, feathers and silver/gold, so this picture hanging fits perfectly above my console table! You could definitely opt for a completely different look using the same technique though, and the options are totally endless for things you can hang along with your photos – pom poms, paper snowflakes, gift tags, tinsel, fabric bows or matching decorations from your tree!

Check out my guide below for making your own, and when you go to get your pics printed I have a discount code for you! Just enter CH30OFF at the checkout to receive 30% off. If you don’t want the pics posted out, you can visit one of their Wi-Fi enabled KODAK Picture Kiosks. Use the KODAK MOMENTS App to find your closest printing destination.

Download the app here for iOS and android.

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  • 30cm embroidery hoop
  • String
  • Baubles and other decorations
  • Mini pegs
  • Scissors
  • Printed photos

GET-YOUR-CRAFT-ON

Start by cutting two equal lengths of string and tie them to opposite ends of the hoop for hanging. Hang this on a hook somewhere so you can start adding decorations.

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Tie pieces of string (or bobbly yarn line mine! – just picked this up from The Reject Shop, I’ve seen it at lots of craft stores too) in various lengths around the hoop. Some around 50cm some around 30cm. Mix it up and just trim as you go until you’re happy with the way it all sits.

DIY boho xmas picture hanging

I picked up these empty glass baubles from Lincraft and filled them with white feathers to go with my boho look. Hang these extra ornaments with plain white string.

DIY boho xmas picture hanging

I also hung feathers on their own. Just tie string to one end of the feather.

DIY boho xmas picture hanging

Trim your photos to size and peg to your existing strings. I just went for a square look because I liked how it had a bit of a Polaroid feel, but you could try cutting them into circles or stars too.

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all done!

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Photos and concept by Fiona Michelon 
 
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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!

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!

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

DIY Gold Rope Vase - supply list

 

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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