You’ll notice a common theme this month that revolves around the mystical and magical. Since we have crafted a few dragon-related projects, we had to include this plant for its name alone! Designed by Meagan, our crepe paper dragon tree plant is simple to cut by hand and easy to assemble.
It’s also a good one to make if you have any pets since the real plant is toxic to both cats and dogs. Just check out our tools and materials list below, then download our template and tutorial to start crafting.
Don’t get stumped
Known for its scaly trunk and long, narrow leaves that form an umbrella-like shape, this little plant makes such interesting decor for your home or an office. The leaves also have a beautiful shine to them, which you can achieve with a bit of mod podge.
When you’re ready to make this crepe paper dragon tree plant, just follow our tutorial below. Although this is an easy one to make, we are here to help if you have any questions!
Skill level: Beginner
Crafting tip: You can make your tree as large as you like by adding more trunks. Each trunk has 3 groups of leaves. Add on as many of these groups as you like, or attach extra stem wires to make your tree taller.
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- Craft Scissors
- Cricut Maker or Silhouette Cameo 4 (optional)
- Needle-Nose Pliers/Wire Cutters
- Curling Tool
- High-Temp Hot Glue Gun
- Lia Griffith Double-Sided Crepe Paper — Ferns & Moss
- Lia Griffith Extra-Fine Crepe Paper — Metallic Gold
- Mod Podge – Matte
- Floral Tape — Green
- Thick Paper Covered Stem Wire
- Uni-Posca Paint Marker — Brown (or a brown craft paint)
- 3″ Floral Foam Ball
- 5″ Pot
How to Make a Crepe Paper Dragon Tree Plant
- Gather your craft tools and materials. Then download the template below.
- Cut crepe paper leaves according to template using scissors or a cutting machine.
- Use a paint brush to apply mod podge to both sides of each leaf; do not apply to the bottom 1/2″ of the leaves.
- Use hot glue to attach 15 leaves around the thicker end of a thick stem wire.
Full tutorial available for members to download below.
Love this DIY idea? Take a look at some of the other little trees you can make. Or explore all of our paper plants.
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Are you having trouble? Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you out.
I’ve downloaded the svg file onto my Cricut maker 3. I keep getting the message “at least one of your materials does not fit on mat”. I’ve selected the 12X12 mat. What am I doing wrong. I’ve also tried with the 12×24 mat and get the same message. Help.
The file is cutting on a 12×12 mat for us, make sure you are hiding the layer with cut settings. It is also helpful with this project to select all of the leaves and attach them before selecting “Make It” to maximize your paper.
I have a Silhouette Cameo and I cut all my crepe paper by hand. I’m trying to decide if I should go to the 4 for crepe paper or buy a Cricut . What would you recommend.
If you are liking your Silhouette and feel the software is easy for you, then the 4 is a great upgrade. I do have a full video on picking a cutting machine with a rotary blade. https://liagriffith.com/craft-academy/cutting-machines-for-crepe-paper/
Can’t wait to make this one. It is just lovely. What a great creative team you have.
This is a good one for sure!