Cre­ate a mini green­house with pa­per plants

Clare Lewis shows you how to make a desk­top green­house filled with pa­per plants.

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Cre­ate a lit­tle calm oa­sis with your own pris­tine green­house and fo­liage. Keep it on your desk to re­mind you to lov­ingly cul­ti­vate your own plants, whether herbs on a sunny win­dowsill or a veg­etable patch out­side, and in the meta­phoric sense too, of nur­tur­ing your­self and oth­ers, and al­low­ing your­self to bloom and grow.

You will need: A metal ruler, a pair of scis­sors, a craft knife, cut­ting mat, all-pur­pose crafts glue, tweez­ers (op­tional) and bone folder (op­tional).

Step 1

Print the pages of green­house and plant tem­plates onto thin card, and cut out the roof and two side/end pieces. Us­ing a metal ruler and the blade of a pair of scis­sors, or a sharp craft knife, care­fully score along all the fold lines. Don’t for­get all the tabs, too.

Step 4

Next, it’s time to put your nim­ble fin­gers to good use! Cut out the five ter­ra­cotta plant pots. Score along the fold lines and press down to get neat folds. As­sem­ble with glue. You’ll see that each pot has a flap so you can rest it at a slight an­gle on your desk.

Step 2

Us­ing the craft knife, cut out all the win­dow­panes. Work slowly and care­fully, pay­ing par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to the cor­ners so you get neat an­gles. You’ll need to work free­hand around the top of the curved door to achieve a neat, flow­ing line.

Step 5

Now is the chance to re­ally en­joy some med­i­ta­tive art­work. Cut out the plants us­ing a craft knife, con­cen­trat­ing on the wavy, or­ganic shapes to cre­ate all the in­di­vid­ual leaves. There’s no rush, just take plea­sure in the process.

Step 3

Now comes the ex­cit­ing bit of putting your green­hou­ose to­gether! Make sure the folds are crisp - press down with your fin­gers or use a bone folder. Us­ing our photo as a guide, as­sem­ble the side/end pieces, stick­ing the tabs to­gether with glue. Then at­tach the roof.

Step 6

At­tach the leaves to the inside of the pots – use a pair of tweez­ers if it’s a bit fid­dly. At­tach the plants to the inside of the green­house, with a few leaves un­der the roof. Ar­range the plant pots inside and out­side your green­house to fin­ish.

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