Calathea plants have become very popular in both house and office decor because of their stunning foliage, unique markings, and vibrant colors. If you like plants with printed leaves, we’re going to show you how to create a paper calathea ornata plant. Its pinstripe pattern is simple to recreate, making this paper plant a great project for all skill levels.

Also, just like our paper rattlesnake plant, the calathea ornata features a dark reddish/purplish color on the underside of the leaves. Again, just another characteristic that makes this plant so striking!

Pinstripe Plants

The pinstripe pattern on your paper calathea ornata plant can range from light green to bright pink. We love pink around here, so our designer Krista went with light pink for the stripes. You can do the same or try a different color. Likewise, you can always choose a different color of green for your leaves.

When you’re ready to craft your paper calathea ornata, just follow our tutorial below. You will see in our plant template below that there are three sizes of leaves. Using different sizes of leaves will give your plant some nice variety and make it look more realistic too. Once you’re done crafting your leaves, arrange them in a small plant pot with foam and decorative stones to hold them in place.

We love to see what our members make and how you get creative. So when you’re done with your paper plant, remember to share it with us on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #MadeWithLia. You can also share it on our Facebook page for members. Happy crafting!

Skill level: Beginner

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How to Make a Paper Calathea Ornata Plant

  1. Gather your craft tools and materials. Next, download the plant pattern at the end of the post.
  2. Cut out paper pieces according to the pattern, using a craft knife or cutting machine (recommended). Note: Our plant has three large leaves, two medium, and two small.
  3. Draw a tapered line down the middle of the green leaves using a green colored pencil.
  4. Start drawing curved stripes (mostly in groups of two) on the leaf with a pink paint or gel pen.

Full tutorial available for members to download below.

DIY step by step photo tutorial for paper calathea ornata plant by Lia Griffith

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Like this project?

For more paper plants with printed leaves, check out our paper passion caladium plant, our oxalis triangularis plant, and our cyclamen plant.