Paper Air PlantsA Botanical Balancing Act

Hanging terrariums have been extremely trendy the last couple of years, especially as people realize how easy it is to care for succulents. These terrariums will usually feature a mix of botanicals, one of them being the irresistibly whimsical air plant. In nature, air plants are uniquely interesting – they grow and balance on top of tree branches without needing soil to thrive. We are slowly discovering how wonderful of a material vellum is for making paper botanicals (see our silver dollar eucalyptus branches!), so when we started brainstorming a design for paper air plants we thought it would be a great opportunity to use vellum. 

Tools & Materials

Steps

  1. Gather the tools and materials listed above. 
  2. Cut your paper according to the template at the bottom of the post. Use the SVG with a cutting machine or the PDF version if you are cutting by hand. 
  3. Using the edge of the scissors curl the leaves. Curl the bottom portion slightly and in the opposite direction of the top portion. 
  4. Glue four of the smallest vellum leaves to the foam ball so they are touching in the middle. 
  5. Glue four of the smallest text weight leaves to the ball so that they are also touch in the middle.
  6. Continue gluing leaves around the ball, gradually using the larger leaves and moving down to cover the ball. Alternate between the text weight and vellum paper. 
  7. Cover the entire foam ball and use all of the leaves to complete the air plant. 
  8. Glue the circular piece onto the bottom center of the air plant. 

Follow our paper air plants photo tutorial below for visual guidance as you craft!

Tips

This project will go faster with a cutting machine, but at the same time it is still easy to make if you are cutting by hand. If you are using a machine, we always recommend cutting on a slightly higher setting than suggested – we cut our vellum pieces on the light cardstock setting. When you are making your paper air plants, feel free to craft a variety of sizes using the same general technique. As you can see, we also made a smaller plant with darker greens using a 3/4″ foam ball and text weight papers from Paper Papers

More Inspiration

Once you have made your air plants, you can style them around your house in glass bowls, or in DIY geometric centerpieces like the ones in our photos. For more paper air plant options, don’t miss our crepe paper succulents – combining the vellum and crepe versions could create some really interesting visual texture. Browse through all of our paper botanical tutorials for inspiration, and head over to our membership page to learn how you can start empowering your creative side. See you there! ~ Lia & Team 

DIY Succulents Handmade Air Plants Hanging Air Plant Set of Air Plants

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