Growing this plant indoors can be tricky, so why not craft your own version to enjoy? This paper string of pearls is a fun and easy project that’s perfect for beginners. Just follow our tutorial below!
You’ll have a ball making this
Unlike other paper plants we have made, there’s no gluing or shaping involved. And there’s also no pattern to cut! To create the trailing stems and round leaves for our paper string of pearls, Meagan used natural bind wire and two different sizes of cotton spun paper balls.
Once you are done crafting this succulent, you’ll want to place it somewhere higher up, like on a shelf, bookcase, or mantel. We love the quirky character of this paper string of pearls, and this is a great way to enjoy its unique trailing greenery. Another option is to hang it up in a DIY plant hanger.
Crafting tip: Once you’re done threading the cotton spun paper balls through all of your wires, hang them up side by side so you can easily spray them all at once.
- 6mm Cotton Spun Paper Balls
- 8mm Cotton Spun Paper Balls
- Bind Wire – Natural
- 18-Gauge Green Paper Covered Wire
- Design Master Colortool Spray – Basil
- 3″ Floral Foam Ball
- 3″ Pot
How to Make a Paper String of Pearls
- Gather the craft tools and materials you need from the list above.
- Cut 8–10 pieces of bind wire in varying lengths between 8 inches and 16 inches.
- Gather about 15 of the 8mm balls and 8 of the 6mm balls per piece of bind wire; then use needle-nose tweezers to push a hole through the side of each ball.
- Thread the balls onto a piece of bind wire, starting with the larger size.
Full tutorial available for members to download below.
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Hello Lia! As always I love your designs! I have asthma and I am not a fan of spray paint. Instead of spray paint I used green colored floral wire and covered your cotton spun balls with your Juniper colored extra fine crepe paper. I am loving the results and it is more environmentally friendly! Just wanted to share for those who have the same issues spray paint that I have. 🙂 Thank you again for all of your brilliant creations Lia!
Thanks for sharing that! I am not a fan either, and we are finding this brand is too hard to find anymore, so we are always looking for better ideas. 🙂
Can you recommend an alternative to the Design Master spray? It looks like it is unavailable now.
We recommend the Liquitex paints as a backup and for this plant, I would use a light stray with the hookers green. https://www.dickblick.com/products/liquitex-professional-spray-paint/
Where do you get cotton spun paper balls? I have never seen any.
Hi Carol. There are links in the post for these. We first saw these in Germany as they are a vintage European craft material. We now are selling them in our shop (Felt Paper Scissors) because we love them so much and they were hard for people to find.
I’m so happy that you allow non members to access this a bit after its released! Thank you!