Our tropical plant series continues with this beautiful begonia maculata plant that our designer Meagan crafted out of text weight paper. Known for its long, asymmetrical leaves and large white dots, this plant also goes by the simple name of “polka dot.” Typically the underside of these leaves is a deep red. But Meagan wanted a brighter pop of color, so she chose a vibrant pink instead.

Choosing whether you want pink or red for the underside of the leaves is a great way to make this plant your own. You could also choose to go with a lighter shade of pink or a more purplish-red color. Whatever you decide, it won’t be wrong โ€” so just have fun with it!

Begonia Maculata

Just like our arrowhead vine that we shared a few days ago, this paper begonia maculata plant will make a stunning addition to your home decor. The polka-dot foliage is already striking on its own. And then that bright pop of pink on the underside makes this plant stand out even more!

Since the real plant is toxic to dogs and cats, we highly recommend making this plant out of paper if you have any pets in your home. Or if you have a brown thumb! When you’re ready to craft your begonia maculata, just download our template and photo tutorial below. The leaves are simple enough to cut by hand, but if you have a cutting machine it will cut and score all of the paper leaves for you.

This project is great for those of you at an intermediate level or higher. So if you’re a beginner when it comes to making paper plants, you may want to start with the arrowhead vine, which is easier to craft. Or if you like the look of dotted leaves, check out our paper passion caladium plant.

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How to Make a Paper Begonia Maculata Plant

  1. Gather your craft tools and materials. Then download the plant template at the end of the post.
  2. Cut paper according to the template notes, using scissors or a cutting machine.
  3. Fold leaf along score lines. Start at tip of leaf and fold center score line down to first set of extending score lines; then fold set of extending score lines up.
  4. Fold next section of center score line up; then fold next set of extending score lines down.

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DIY photo tutorial for begonia maculata by Lia Griffith

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