We’re no strangers to potted strawberry plants around here. With their ripe red fruit, bright green leaves, and pretty white flowers, the finished product is always a feast for the senses. This month’s Member Make is a cute little crepe paper strawberry plant that looks good enough to eat. This ultra-realistic paper plant lets you bring lush summer flora right into your home all year round — no green thumb necessary!
To get ready for our workshop, gather your tools and materials below. Join us live on Friday, June 16th at, 11:00am PT. Or you can watch the video recording later!
Sweet Summer Strawberries
To achieve a realistic-looking plant, much of the technique comes in applying PanPastel to the berries and leaves in shades of red and green. Varying the size, shape, and color of your strawberries will make your plant appear in different stages of bloom, but if you prefer the all red look, that works too! The great thing about paper flowers and plants is that you’re in control of the finished product with no interference from mother nature.
Cotton Spun Eggs in two different sizes form the realistic 3-D berries for this plant. Our tutorial will show you tips and techniques for making them look ready to pick right off the stem! Due to the more difficult aspects of this project and the materials used, this project is more appropriate for our advanced crafters. However, everyone is welcome to follow along!
Once finished, this crepe paper strawberry plant will look so cute on your kitchen window sill or as the crown jewel of your summer tablescape. No matter how you style it, we’d love to see your finished result. Share a photo of your project with our crafters community or on our Instagram page with the hashtag #MemberMake!
Crafting tips: Use the PanPastel to color the strawberries, and add more green to make some look less ripe. PanPastel color will transfer to your brush while adding Mod Podge, so be sure to clean your paintbrush after adding Mod Podge to each strawberry. Adding a hint of red PanPastel to the leaves will help give them some more dimension, or you could use the green as well.
Skill level: Advanced
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- Kai 8″ Scissors
- Kai 5″ Detail Scissors
- Pinking Shears — Scallop
- Cricut Maker or Silhouette Cameo 4 (recommended)
- High-Temp Hot Glue Gun
- Needle-Nose Pliers/Wire Cutters
- Curling Tool
- Needle-Nose Tweezers
- Steel Ball Shaping Tool
- Blending Brushes
- Lia Griffith Extra-Fine Crepe Paper – Linen, Vanilla, Chiffon, and Juniper
- Floral Tape — Green
- Cotton Spun Eggs — 20mm and 36mm
- Floral Wire – 18-Gauge Green and 24-Gauge Green
- Mod Podge – Matte
- Posca Paint Marker – 3M Fine Reversible Bullet — Brown
- PanPastel® Artist Pastel — Permanent Red 340.5 and Bright Yellow Green 680.5
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue or Art Glitter Glue
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