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A quick and easy DIY paper planter to display artificial plants or dried foliage/flowers.
Do you ever go through a period of time where it seems like literally every one of your creative projects goes wrong?
Because that’s what’s been happening for the past few weeks.
I spilt a whole tin of chalk paint on the garage floor. I used too much fabric dye and ended up making my fabric black instead of purple. I mis-measured an entire bed skirt and only realised after a few hours of work. When I was making my wooden frames, I had the prints printed on the wrong sort of paper. I made something from clay only to have it break in the oven.
It’s been a bit of a mess.
By Wednesday of this week, I was at the point where I was like “I hate everything creative, my blog is stupid, and I never want to make anything again”.
(I am the teeniest bit overdramatic.)
So I decided to put all of my failed projects aside and start afresh with a quick and easy project.
That’s when I made this simple little DIY paper planter. And honestly, it was the answer to my “Please, can something just go right?” prayers
This paper planter was both quick and easy to make. The entire process took about five minutes and involved a few simple steps that were almost impossible to mess up (I say “almost” because I, in my infinite clumsiness, did manage to rip one of the brown paper bags).
- A brown paper lunch bag. I can’t speak for anywhere else, but these are in every supermarket in Australia. I imagine they’re similarly common in the US/UK/wherever you’re located.
- Jute twine
- A plastic pot or artificial plant. I used some pre-dried silver wattle, but if you want to go the artificial plant route, artificial plants with pots attached – like this – work best.
To begin, fold the top of the paper bag down over itself.
Continue rolling and folding the paper until it’s a little taller than your pot. Use your finger to poke the bottom two corners of the bag so that they’re ‘tucked in’, as per the picture below.
Next, put your pot inside the bag. You can either use an artificial plant in a pot (like this) or use an empty pot and fill it with fresh/dried greenery.
Finally, loop jute twine around the bag. Tie the beginnings of a knot (as per the picture below), then loop the twine around the bag several times, finishing off with a little bow.
I feel kind of bad even saying this is a tutorial because that’s really it.