Fit as a Fiddle
Our maker, Meagan is back at it again with this crepe paper fiddle leaf fig tree. We walked in to find this masterpiece of a project that solicited tons of ooos, ahhs and wows around our office. We’ll share the special technique Meagan uses to make this project crazy realistic. So gather your tools and materials, follow along with our tutorial and you’ll be fit as a fiddle to make this impressive tree.
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- Double Sided Crepe Paper – Lia Griffith “Ferns + Moss”
- Art Marker – Copic Sketch “Celadon Green (YG25)”
- Green Paper Covered Floral Wire – 18 Gauge
- Floral Tape – Lia Griffith “Bark”
- Acrylic Paint – Blick Acrylic Matte “Green Blue Light”
- Mod Podge
- Tacky Glue
- Dried Branch from your backyard
- Gather the tools and materials.
- Paint 8” x 10” pieces of crepe paper with mod podge on both sides.
- Allow the mod podge to dry then cut the crepe paper according to template notes.
- Use tacky glue to attach a wire to the back of the leaf, then glue a strip of crepe paper over the wire to secure it in place.
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Finished this project yesterday and I couldn’t be more pleased. I have a decidedly brown thumb when it comes to indoor plants. I’m not sure why, but my brain initially told me I had to mod podge both sides at the same time…..once I woke up and did a side at a time and allowed it to dry before doing the other — things went smoothly from there…..that same brain kicks in on knitting projects and takes me astray there too. 🙂 Lia — if you ever need project testers — I’m your gal — I can find unintended nuances in any set of intstructions 🙂
I experimented with combinations of paint and markers to get the leaf veins — and I used the card stock pattern and my cricut scoring tool to trace/press the pattern into each leaf to follow. (before putting the wire on the back).
Janice this is great! The fiddle leaf fig is one of our favorite crepe paper plant projects, have you checked out the staghorn fern? https://liagriffith.com/mounted-crepe-paper-staghorn-fern/
made these with a friend who’s an artist, i couldnt for the life of me paint the lines good enough so my friend did it. we discovered a way to paint these lines so much easier and fast. white gel pen! no paint required.
just draw the lines with white gel pen, wait to dry and then draw over with the copic green marker. the gel pen didnt even bleed through the paper even when not modge podged yet it looked so much more realistic and better than by painting it.
so much easy too for people like me who cant paint if their life depended on it. i strongly recommend the white gel pen, this would also be good for the fox gloves, as the white pen they use bleeds through the paper and makes the flowers look wrong.
Great suggestion, Tina! Do you mind sharing the brand of pen you used?
If you use the SVG file for this project, would you cut the crepe paper on the Maker before you apply the ModPodge?
We’ve done it both ways! The mod podged paper will work with a sticker mat, but you can also cut first and then apply.
How do you stiffen the leaves?
Mine are pretty floppy.
Did you use our ModPodge technique with 18 gauge wire? That should stiffen the leaves quite a bit.
Thanks…I’ll try that
Can you cut crepe paper with the silhouette machine?
No, at least not that we know of!
Hi! This is a kinda random question, but how do you get of the wax from your hand from the floral tape? Any tricks or tips?
I use soap and water. The oils in the soap will release the wax.
I was under the impression that we don’t cut crepe paper with a Cricut, but I see that you have an SVG file for this project. Am I missing something?
Hi Jessica! The Cricut Maker machine will cut crepe paper (there is a disclaimer on the SVG file that notes the files should be used with the Maker only). We used scissors for this project, but included the SVG for those members who prefer to use their Makers.
Wow! How can you make such a realistic plant from crepe paper?? Amazing work! I’ll make it at the weekend!😊
We love how this turned out– so glad you do, too!!