October 30, 2020

DIY: green plant leaves

Spruce up your student apartment!

By: Live to Grow Crew
Banana leaf

Hey friends!

Earlier this year we wrote a post on plants in the student apartment, which is a really easy way to give life and color to a home. Leafy green plants like ficus, palms and such have been hugely popular during the last few years. Are you not a take-care-of-plants kind of person? OK, well great, we’ve got a DIY just for you – fabric plants.

To make three leaves of something which could be a banana leaf or something like it, you’ll need:

  • 2 meters of thick wire (+ a little of a thinner wire, if you want to make veins on your leaves)
  • Green garden tape
  • 1 meter green fabric, something like thin cotton fabric
  • Glue gun
  • Mod podge or other glue for decoupage
  • Flat paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Needles/pins
  • Pen
  • Big piece of cardboard or something else you can make a mess on

You’ll also need oasis/some kind of floral foam or sand to get your leaves to stand up straight.

This is how you do it:

  • Cut your fabric into two equally large pieces. Pin them together.
  • Draw shapes of three big leaves. You’ll have 6 = 3 double. Cut.
  • Cut your thick wire into three pieces.
  • Put the wire pieces on top of your leaves. See if you want some thinner pieces of wire to stabilize the leaf, in that case – cut your thin wire into pieces like you want them.
  • Wrap green tape around all your wire pieces.
  • Fold out your cardboard.
  • Use your glue gun to fasten the short pieces of wire onto the long ones.
  • Take the fabric pieces for your first leaf and fasten one of them onto the wire or leaf skeleton, again with the glue gun :) glue the other piece on top of the first.
  • Blush your floppy double leaf with mod podge. Try imitating a leaf’s natural fibers. Be generous so the glue saturates the fabric.
  • Once dry, give the leaf a few cuts along the sides. Then, give it a little bend to make it look more natural, put it in a vase and you’re ready to make the next one!

We'd like to give a little shout out to THe Sorry Girls for the tip. They've got a video on how to do this diy over on their page, head over to see it.

Happy crafting!

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