Handmade Houseplants by Corrie Beth Hogg

What an inspiring book! I don’t think I have ever seen such gorgeous paper plants ever. In the past I have tried tissue paper flowers, but have never actually tried to recreate houseplants.


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Handmade Houseplants:
Remarkably Realistic Plants You Can Make with Paper
byCorrie Beth Hogg, Christine Han (Photographs)

Keywords: non-fiction, educational, crafts and hobbies, art, paper crafts, techniques, step-by-step, visual, home decor.
*Paperback, 300 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Timber Press

 


Corrie Beth Hogg is the art and craft director of world-renowned event-design company David Stark Design and Production. Even though paper wasn’t her original medium of choice, she has been doing paper crafts for several years and her work has appeared in Martha Steward Living, The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, Vogue.com and the list just goes on and on. No surprise, as her paper creating look amazing.

The first part of the book explains all the tools, materials, skills and techniques needed to create realistic paper plants. It has a lot of useful suggestions and detailed explanations that ensures that you don’t run into any problems later on. Even if something goes wrong, the “When ‘oops!’ happens” section has it covered. The next part of the book consists of 30 plant projects, among them: african mask plant, swiss cheese vine, fish bone cactus, inch plant, oxalis (my favorite!) and the ever so popular Monstera deliciosa. In case you were wondering, they not only look realistic but their dimensions are also life-sized, even the big Monstera. A bonus projects section focuses more on creative ways to use, arrange and display your plants. The last part of the book contains the templates for all the projects (some of them need to to be enlarged) and a handy list of resources, all of them with their webpage addresses.

All in all, this is a fabulous book. The possibilities of what you can do with these plants are endless and coming up with your own templates and plant arrangements should be fairly easy after reading this book. Just keep in mind that these projects require a lot of cutting and assembling (specially if you want to create plants with a lot of leaves) and crafting these beauties requires more dedication than a quick tissue paper flower, but the results are more rewarding as well. Christine Han made an awesome job with the pictures in the book, they are so pretty I wouldn’t mind framing a couple of them!.

Make sure check the author’s blog which has free DIY projects, some of them like the one’s you will find in the book.

As you might have expected, I needed to give it a try! Here’s my take on it:

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Life is so much easier with templates, I had an eARC, so it was quite the challenge to trace it from my tablet’s screen

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Oh boy, once I realized I needed to cut each one of them…

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and then assemble… wow this is a work of love and patience

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But it was worth it!!!!!

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I really like how they look and probably  will add some paper grass or use a smaller container. It looks so cute! Love it!

 

*I got my eArc from Timber Press. Thank you!

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About Alicia

I enjoy sharing my love for good books with other people. I wish you can find the type of books meant for you. Art is my passion. Both activities allow me to travel to imaginary places, learn, grow and share my journey with others. Feel free to join me, I love company.

9 comments

  1. I love the look of your project! I read the book too, but I was too lazy to try anything – this is exactly the reason why I love your reviews, because you always put what you read in practice!

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  3. Aw these look so pretty! So well done Alicia 🙂 At first when I looked at the cover I thought you were going to show us some gardening skills but crafting skills are even better hahaha ❤

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  4. mel

    Those diy plants are so pretty!

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