Paper Cactus and Grasses

INSIDE : See how to make DIY Paper Cactus plants and Grasses you could ever want! And the best part is you don’t even need to have a green thumb to do it.

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This post has been updated since it’s original publish date of November 2016.

If you have been around here for long, you know I’m a big plant lover.  I love house plants, check out all my plant care posts!  I love outdoor plants. I love air plants.  I love cactus.  There really are not many plants that I don’t love, if we are being honest.

When Oriental Trading told us that our November’s Supply of the Month project would be using Full Color Spectrum Paper Pack, I knew right away that I wanted to create DIY Paper Cactus plants and Grasses.  The best part is you can keep these plants “alive” year round, whether you are a gardening expert or a repeated black thumb!

Paper Grass in white pot

DIY Paper Plants

Here is the thing, I love simple projects that LOOK harder than they are.  I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and fun these DIY plants were to make.

All you need is a few different shades of green paper, some acrylic paint, small pots and in my case, pink rocks (but any color will do).

I loved pairing bright colored papers, bright colored rocks and simple white pots.  They made such a lovely contrast against each other.

Don’t get me wrong, I will forever love the real deal plants… but these paper ones might be a very close second.  You can mix and match the color of paper and the paint embellishments to fit your exact style and taste.

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I shared the full tutorial along with a template for creating each cactus and grass I made.  And if you can use scissors and hold a bottle of glue, this is a DIY worth trying out.

You can see all the supplies I used and my full tutorial over at Oriental Trading’s blog.

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  1. These are fab, so bright, so cheerful, so perfect for those dark corners where plants just won’t grow. (or for those people who just can’t grown plants of course)

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Thanks so much, Amber!

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