At Ooh la la we love arts and crafts, and especially love creating window displays for holidays and different seasons. For our spring window display in Long Beach we created paper plants including different types of cactus and succulents in really bright neon colors. We love the way it came out and wanted to share how we created it because they would look adorable as party decor or even to have around the house!
For steps on how we created this fun and easy window display, see below.
- neon card stock paper 8 1/2 x 11
- 4 pieces of oak tag, scissors
- green & pink paint, stapler
- glue gun
- vases in different shapes and sizes (we painted old cardboard boxes)
1. Trace different stencils of each plant on the paper to cut out. Do a few different sizes, and the more stencils you have, the fuller the plant will be...For example for one of the succulents I had five sheets of paper with about three sizes of stencils (of leaves) to cut out. Don't worry about each size either, just eye it out, they come together perfectly.
2. Once you have each different plant all cut out,paint some accents on the cactus and in this case we did some dark green accents on the wider ridged leaf. You can also add some glitter if you'd life.
3. Once the paint is dry, you can begin to assemble the plants! We folded the bottom of each stencil and stapled it which gave the bottom more structure and it stuck in the rice easier. For the cactus, take two stencils of the same size and cut one straight line on one of them from the bottom to the middle, and the other one cut from the top to the middle. Each piece interlocks with one another to create the cactus. When you put each piece together, put a little bit of hot glue to secure it really well.
4. Cut little pieces and then fold in half a few times to make the little star like accents that we put on the cactus.
5. Add rice to each vase and place your plants in them for an instant adorable paper plant display!
Our finished plant window display!