Plant Life Balance

DIY felt foliage masterclass with Kitiya Palaskas

Plant-loving crafters, rejoice – we’ve got the perfect project for you.

For everyone that’s ever dreamed for a zero-care plant that will live forever, craft-based designer and Plant Life Balance frond Kitiya Palaskas has put together a special DIY project together just for you!

This felt-foliaged hanging plant is the perfect addition to your living indoor jungle, particularly if you’ve got an empty corner or shelf that nothing seems to thrive in.

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Hey everyone, I need your help! 🙏🏾 Last year I submitted a pitch to teach a craft workshop at @altsummit, an amazing creative conference in Palm Springs, California. It had always been a dream of mine to attend and speak at this conference and you guys came thru hard to get my pitch accepted by voting for me in the submission process. As a result of your incredible support I ended up heading over in March to host a felt pennant workshop! WELL, submissions are currently open for the 2020 conference and I'm pitching a new workshop! I would love your support once again to get me to Alt Summit so I can spread the crafty love and teach a session on how to make your own indoor plant from felt! The voting process takes just a few minutes of your time so if you have a spare moment, I would be so grateful! 🌴HOW TO VOTE🌴 1️⃣Click the link in my profile to view my submission 2️⃣Click vote 3️⃣Click the 'Sign In' tab to easily sign in via Facebook (you will need to confirm your email address to prove you're not a bot) 4️⃣Follow the prompts/on screen instructions until it takes you back to my voting page, then click vote! Thank you so much in advance for all your support, I love you guys! 💕 #creativityxgigi

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To follow along with Kitiya as she puts together the plant, watch the video below. If you’re more of a reader than a watcher, we’ve jotted down the instructions, too.

So if you know your way around a glue gun, gather your materials and let’s get crafting!

YOU WILL NEED:

  • An old planter pot
  • Assorted green felt
  • Brown felt
  • A long strip of cardboard
  • Cardboard leaf shapes in a varying sizes
  • A circle of cardboard with a hole in the middle that fits snuggly in the pot
  • Gardening wire
  • A hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • A green marker
  • Wire cutters

HOW TO MAKE IT:

  1. Use the cardboard leaf shapes as templates to trace and cut a variety of different sized leaves from felt.
  2. Add some textures to the leaves with the green marker.
  3. Use the cardboard circle to trace and cut a circle from the brown felt. Use a hot glue gun to stick these together.
  4. Poke a hole through the brown felt, aligned with the hole in the cardboard circle.
  5. Fold and glue the long strip of cardboard into a triangular tube that fits inside the pot. Use the hot glue gun to stick this in.
  6. Use the hot glue gun to stick the circle down onto the top of the triangular tube.
  7. Use the wire cutters to cut 5-7 pieces of gardening wire.
  8. To create stems, glue the leaves at different angles along each piece of wire, leaving about 10cm wire at the ends.

And voila! A felt foliage masterpiece to add to your jungle collection.

If you’re not a die-hard crafter and don’t have all of these materials at hand, not to fear – Kitiya’s online store is packed with rainbow crafting goodness. Check it out here.

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So this weekend I would have been at @themakersandshakers market, where I was meant to have a little felt plant pop up stand, but sadly like many events in our creative community this had to be postponed. So instead, all weekend, the Makers and Shakers team are featuring everyone over on their profile who would have been there so that you can still support them if you're in a position to. Head over and check out their feed this weekend to support these makers! You might not be able to buy a felt plant from me this weekend, but you can make your own mini version with one of my new DIY Monstera Kits. They're up in my shop now… 👉🏾 link in profile! Thanks for all of your support, it means a lot to me 💕 #creativityxgigi

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Inspired to add even more greenery to your collection? For hanging plants of the living variety, give your nearest Plant Life Balance accredited nursery a call and see what they have in store.

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