Introduction: Hope Plant

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A paper plant that holds inspiration!

Tell the receiver to pull a leaf off each day and read it to be inspired.

Step 1: Fold Paper Accordian-style

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Fold paper in half, crease and unfold. Turn paper 90 degrees and do it again. With these lines as guides, keep folding paper in half and creasing (see photos).

Step 2: Punch Holes

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Use a small hole punch to make holes at the edges. Note that the paper will be cut into small strips, so don't forget the holes near the middle edges (see photos).

Step 3: Repeat for Other Side

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Repeat steps 1 and 2 for other side of paper (see photo).

Step 4: Write Your Heart Out

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Use a contrasting pen to write inspirational phrases on each section (see photo).

Step 5: Cut Into Strips (future Leaves)

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Cut the paper into strips along the crease lines (see photos). These are the leaves of the hope plant.

I used zig zag scissors to give the leaves some extra texture.

Step 6: Adding Wire

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Pick your "stem" based on the size of the holes you made in step 2. I made small holes, so I used 24 gauge wire to hold the leaves together.

If you make bigger holes, you could make the "stem" a cute pen or pencil.

Step 7: Putting the Leaves on the Stem

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Loop the wire and bend at a right angle. Put each leaf (piece of paper) on the stem (wire or pencil) using the holes at both ends. Make sure to keep the text on the inside of the loop. Do this for all of the leaves (see photos).

You can send the Hope Plant, papers and wire, flat in an envelope and have the receiver put the plant together.

Step 8: Compress and Crimp/twist Wire

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Compress the leaves and crimp or twist the wire. Loop the rest of the wire to make a shape or trim it.

Step 9: Fluff the Leaves

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Use your fingers to open up the upper leaves.

Comments

Thejesterqueen (author)2016-01-15

This is a great idea that can be used in many different situations. I was thinking it would be nice to make one for a new mother with lots of little tips for keeping your sanity while you are getting no sleep. lol Thank you so much for the idea.

maddyiii (author)Thejesterqueen2016-01-15

Thanks.

Your idea sounds great! If you make one for a new mom, you may want to laminate the petals. :)

AnnaM62 made it! (author)2016-01-10

Here is how mine turned out-it's a bit modified but the idea is the same :)

maddyiii (author)AnnaM622016-01-10

This looks great!!! :)

AnnaM62 (author)2016-01-06

So does the reciever rip off the 'leaves' where they are attached to the wire?

maddyiii (author)AnnaM622016-01-06

Yes.

rflowers2 (author)2015-12-30

A really sweet idea; thank you for sharing :-)

maddyiii (author)rflowers22015-12-30

Thank you. :)

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