Hello How-To: Handmade Houseplants by Corrie Beth Hogg
Calling all green thumbs and crafty hands. I’m trying to retire my reign as Plant Murderer Supreme by getting into paper plants. They can’t die, dry out, or attract bugs—all big bonuses. Plus they look incredible if you’re an actual paper artist, like Corrie Hogg.
Corrie Hogg’s book is just gorgeous. Even if you’re not interested in taking the time (and believe me, you’ll need plenty of time) to create a handmade houseplant, the book merits a flip through for the beautiful and trendy full color photos of Hogg’s art. Handmade Houseplants is a worthwhile how-to guide, with easy to decipher instructions that are exact and forgiving, for even the most artistically challenged of us.
Corrie Hogg’s book gives you a very detailed list of supplies you might need, including a small hand drill and paper-mâché tools. Very ambitious. I’m a big fan of crafts, but a bigger fan of convenience, so I just used what I had on hand or what I could find at the dollar store.
Heavy duty paper or card stock (I used 8 sheets)
Adhesive spray or hot glue gun
Floral tape & wire
Decorative flower pot
Rocks/beads for covering foam
Step 1: Decide what type of plant you want to make! I’m all about a philodendron. It looked like the easiest plant to make in the whole book, because the leaves are just a bunch of hearts. I can draw some hearts. In case you CAN’T draw some hearts, Hogg’s book comes with stencils of flower parts for you to trace! So genius.
Step 2: Draw your leaves onto your card stock. Line up six-inch pieces of floral wire, and hot glue them to the center of your leaf. Add another leaf on top and glue them together with adhesive spray, OR just hot glue them together.
Step 3: Cut out your leaves and attach them together into a sprig, then into a branch of floral wire about a foot long. Use no more than ten leaves per branch if you’re using Dollar Store floral wire, because this stuff is finicky and thin. If you’ve got better wire, double up on leaves.
Step 4: Wrap your exposed wire in floral tape to make the final product look neat and tidy. I skipped this step because I realized how much I hate floral tape. This stuff isn’t sticky, just weird and mushy, and I reject it.
Step 5: Construct your arrangement! Cut your foam up so it fits into whatever pot you’re using and stab your branches in. Mine was a smallish hanging planter, roughly 6 inches in diameter. It took about four branches to look full. Throw some cute rocks, pebbles, or beads on top of the exposed foam so it looks more natural.
TA-DA! Flower plant!
Yeah, I’m not gonna lie, this took so much more time than I was anticipating. I allotted myself two hours to create a paper plant and I used every minute of them. And I really didn’t get as detailed as I wanted to, my pastel plant doesn’t look remotely as good as Corrie Hogg’s creations.
Regardless, I’m pretty proud of it. I wouldn’t have attempted a craft like this without Handmade Houseplants. As how-to books go, I definitely say it’s worth a buy when it comes out September 2018.
Big thanks to Timber Press for the advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review.
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