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Mothers’ Day gifts: paper plants tutorial

Holiday crafts, Paper craft  |  April 14th 2012  |  0 Comment

Mothers’ Day gifts: paper plants tutorial

 

All of my houseplants go through a sort of trial by fire. Or trial by neglect, to be more accurate. If they can withstand my general gardening ignorance and sporadic-at-best attention, they get to stay. If not… well in that case there isn’t much of them left anyway, is there?

It’s not that I dislike plants (quite the opposite, in fact), it’s just that I’m not very good at caring for them. Years ago my boyfriend gave me an African violet (because I’m such a shrinking violet, haha – he got the idea somewhere that sarcasm is sexy). It did very well until January, when – coming home after 2 weeks of Christmas break at my parents’ – I sort of forgot to take care of it. And it sort of, um, died. My boyfriend gave me another one with the threat that if I let this one die I would get a cactus next. Spite is a great motivator for me, and I’m proud to say that violet #2 is still alive 3 years later.

 

I don’t want to push my luck too hard, though. For now, keeping three houseplants (two African violets and one towering Hibiscus that I’ve nicknamed Lazarus for its ability to spring back from the dead repeatedly) alive is about the upper limit of my green thumb abilities. However, I’ve come up with a way to add some more fauna around here, and do some paper crafting.

So here’s the paper plant that you can’t kill and never have to water. You can use its container to hold office supplies, snacks, gifts, etc. It could be lovely gift for Mothers’ Day* or any other flowery occasion; I’ve given paper plants to my coworkers for their desks, to greatly enthusiastic response.

*Those with faraway moms, take note – you can stuff these plants in boxes and mail them, even across international borders.

You can also try combining this project with various paper flower-making techniques for some blossoming planters:




source: nheilke.com