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How to Make Paper Plants

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By Martha Hall, Summer 2016 Inspire(d) Intern

Fall is coming, and the leaves will soon turn brown– but these plants will last all year long. These fun paper plants add pops of color to any space and require no maintenance. Simply print out our templates on cardstock and you’re ready to go!

What you’ll need:

Cardstock, scissors, hot glue gun, colored pencils/markers/crayons, lentils or rice, and 3 plant pots (candle votives also work well).

Print out these plant templates on colorful cardstock of your choosing:
Leafy Plant Template
Medium Cactus Template
Tall Cactus Template

PlantMaterialsBefore you start, put the lentils or rice in your container. This acts like the soil for the plants!

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Leafy Plant

20160813_2320 copyCut along the black lines to cut out the leaves.

LeafFoldingOnce all the leaves are cut out, fold them vertically in the middle. This helps the leaves’ stability and makes them look more realistic.

ColoringLeavesColor your leaves! You can follow the fold down the middle of the leaf to make it symmetrical or make your own fun design.

PlantLeavesStart putting the largest leaves around the rim of the container. The smaller leaves go in the middle of the container.

FinishedPaperPlantMess with the leaves until you like the arrangement (it’s just like arranging flowers) and you’re done!

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Small Cactus

CuttingCactusCut out the cactus pieces along the black lines. Make sure to cut along the black line in the middle– this is where the two pieces connect.

CactusSpinesDraw on both sides of the cactus pieces. I drew little spines!

Cactus_AssemblyTime to put the cactus together! Take the piece with the cut from the middle to bottom and place it into the slit of the other piece.

GluingCactusPut the cactus in the container, burying the bottom of it into the lentils or rice. Adding a dot of hot glue in between the pieces at the top helps the cactus retain its shape and stay stable.

foldTime to make the flowers! Fold a small square piece of paper in half both ways (horizontally and vertically). Unfold it, then fold it horizontally on the fold you already created.

FlowerFoldingPush the ends of the paper together, and you’ve got a little flower!

20160813_2403Add a dot of hot glue to the top of the cactus and press the flower on top of it.

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Tall Cactus

20160813_2407Cut along the black lines and draw on both sides of the pieces.

20160813_2417Next, attach the two cactus pieces together by sliding the piece with the cut from the middle to bottom onto the slit of the other piece.

20160814_2272 (1)Add a drop of hot glue on the top of the cactus and place a flower on it. The flowers are the same as those for the smaller cactus. Add as many as you like!

 

Make a Paper Gnome Hat (Plus Beard!)!

Supplies:

Scissors
Stapler
Tape
Two rubber bands
Paper hole punch
Gnome Hat and Beard template (download here)

*Sorry about a couple of out-of-focus one-handed pics! I hope you enjoy the fun!


1. Cut out the hat and beard.

2. Tip: Get your pieces of tape ready before you start! You’ll need six pieces total.

3. Bring the flat edges of the hat together and tape (the more even the bottom, the better).

4. Tape a spot at the bottom of the hat above where each ear will be (it will strengthen the area that is connected to the rubber band) and using your paper hole puncher, put holes through the tape

5. Take your beard and fold the tips (that will go toward your ears) and tape them down (I thought of this later, so this isn’t photographed very well, but again, it will strengthen the area that is connected to the rubber band).

6. Punch a hole in each beard tip through the tape.

7. Cut each rubber band once (you’ll then have two long pieces instead of two rubber bands).

8. Attach the bands to the beard by tying them, and to the hats with a staple (stapling the beard might hurt you, but the staple at the hat seems to make it stronger).

9. PUT IT ON AND GET EXCITED! I know I did.

 

How to Make a Kaleidocycle

Kaleidocycle, yeah!

Remember the Kaleidoscope? This twisted little paper project operates by some of the same principles. Made up of a circular “chain” of pyramids, the kaleidocycle can be turned in on itself over and over again to produce cool optical effects! (Plus, the process of making one is kind of meditative.)

Before getting started, you’ll need to pick a template. Try coloring a Mandala kaleidocycle or, if you’re feeling extra spicy, you can design your own from scratch! Either way, it’s best to do all of the coloring before you start folding.

What You’ll Need:

Scissors, Glue (a glue stick or mod podge might work better than school glue), Chubby Bird KaleidocycleColor Your Own Mandala, or Design Your Own Template

Kaleidocycle Step 1

Print out a template on cardstock and and color it as you please.

Kaleidocycle Step 2

Make creases along all diagonal lines of the template. You may have to crease them several times to make sure that they fold back and forth easily. These creases will allow the kaleidocycle to turn.

Kaleidocycle Step 3

Crease, Crease, Crease. Making sure to fold right on the lines.

Kaleidocycle Step 4

When that’s done, crease down the middle of each parallelogram (see dotted lines below). Once again, folding both ways will make the kaleidocycle for flexible and easy to turn.

Kaleidocycle Step 5

Fold the template hot dog style so that it overlaps itself and glue. Be sure to match up the middle crease of the “glue” segment with that of the top parallelogram so that they will bend together.

Kaleidocycle Step 6

Glue all sections keeping the tabs out. (It’s a Kaleido-worm!) You may have to wait until the glue dries before proceeding to the next step.

Kaleidocycle Step 7

Bend the Kaleidocycle into a circle and put glue on the outside of each flap.

Kaleidocycle Step 8

Tuck the flaps into the inside of the last pyramid and hold it until the glue is secure. Wait for your kaleidocycle to dry completely before trying to turn it.

Kaleidocycle Step 9

After the glue has dried you may need to slowly turn the kaleidocycle several times to redefine the creases and “loosen the hinges”. Enjoy you’re twisty turny kaleidocycle!

Look at the Kaleidocycle spin!