3 ingenious DIY plant hacks for everyone who just doesn't have a green thumb

You love plants, but you keep shredding them? We have the solution!

An apartment full of plants and flowers - beautiful! But unfortunately also difficult to accomplish, because you have to invest a lot of time and effort, which we often don't have in everyday life. The result: withered, dried-up plants that first eke out their sad existence on the windowsill and then end up in the trash.

That is now an end, and our guilty conscience is finally a thing of the past: From today we will simply make flowers and green plants out of paper! Fortunately, this has absolutely nothing to do with grandma's narrow-minded artificial flowers, but looks really stylish. Here are our ideas for you:

Chinese money tree (pilea made of paper)

You need:

  • green craft cardboard
  • Shot glass
  • pencil
  • Wire cutter
  • Floral wire
  • light green color
  • thin brush
  • scissors
  • Hot glue gun (here on Amazon)
  • plant pot
  • Craft foam, cut for the pot (here on Amazon)
  • black or brown decorative stones

That's how it works:
Use the shot glass and pencil to draw as many circles on the cardboard as you want leaves afterwards. When you have carefully cut this out with scissors, paint light lines on the circles with a brush and paint. Now take the wire cutters and bend one end of the wire at a right angle and then into a loop on which you will later glue the leaves.

Fill the flower pot with the cut craft foam. Then use the hot glue gun to glue the round leaves onto the wire loop. Let it dry well, then you put the finished flowers in the foam and then fill the pot around the stems with decorative stones. Finished!

Paper flowers

You need:

  • orange craft cardboard
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • Hot glue gun
  • Floral wire
  • Craft foam
  • Basket or vase (not transparent!)

That's how it works:
First you have to cut the cardboard into squares. The bigger these are, the bigger your flowers will be later. Then you draw a spiral on each square with the pencil. Cut along the drawn line, then start from the outside in to roll up the spiral. Rolls quite tight at the beginning and becomes slightly looser towards the outside. Then the flower looks nice "fluffy " afterwards. At the end of the spiral, glue the flower together with the hot glue gun. Let dry well!

When the glue has dried, carefully pierce the flower wire through the bottom of the flower (if that doesn't work, do it as described above for the "money tree "). Then put the craft foam in the basket or vase and stick the flowers there firmly. Finished!

Cactus with blossom

You need (for the cactus in the middle):

  • sturdy green craft cardboard
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • Watercolor, a shade darker than your craft cardboard
  • yellow tempera color for the spines (here on Amazon)
  • brush
  • Can
  • Wrapping paper
  • glue stick
  • pink craft paper (for the flower)
  • Newsprint
  • Decorative stones

That's how it works:
Draw two identical cactus leaves on the green cardboard, as shown in the photo below (these will be put together later) and cut them out. With the brush and the green watercolor paint you then paint a few shades on both sheets. Then you dug for the spines Yellow Tempera color.

While the color is drying, you can glue the can with wrapping paper and then crumble the newsprint and plug into the can. For the pink blossom, you cut a strip from the pink craft paper and folds a narrow staircase from it ("witchtreppe "). Then fold the stairs in the middle and sticks them together, so that a flower form arises.

Now take one of the two cactus leaves and cut it from bottom to top center to the middle. Take the other sheet and cut it from top to bottom center to the middle. Now you can see the two leaves together as below. Sticks the pink blossom, puts your cactus into the can and stabilizes it all around with decoding tap. Finished!


Beautiful & quickly made: Pop-up card with flowers yourself

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