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
- Craft Scissors
- High-Temp Hot Glue Gun
- Translucent Vellum Paper – Pastel Green
- Lia Griffith Frosted Craft Paper – Succulent Pack, or Conifer Pack
- Cotton Spun Balls – 30mm or 1.5″ Foam Ball
- Gather the tools and materials listed above.
- 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.
- Using the edge of the scissors curl the leaves. Curl the bottom portion slightly and in the opposite direction of the top portion.
- Glue four of the smallest vellum leaves to the foam ball so they are touching in the middle.
Full tutorial available for members to download below.
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.
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