Cover image for Handmade houseplants : remarkably realistic plants you can make with paper / Corrie Beth Hogg ; foreword by David Stark ; photographs by Christine Han.
Handmade houseplants : remarkably realistic plants you can make with paper / Corrie Beth Hogg ; foreword by David Stark ; photographs by Christine Han.
Publication Information:
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2018.

Physical Description:
298 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Houseplants are everywhere--on Instagram, in the media, and in trendy homes all over the world. In Handmade Houseplants, expert crafter and tastemaker Corrie Beth Hogg offers a no-water necessary alternative: plants made from paper! This stylish guide includes step-by-step instructions for 30 of the most popular houseplants, from monstera and peperomia to fiddle leaf fig and philodendron. Additional projects show how to use paper plants for home décor, wall art, holiday decorations, gift giving, and more. The projects are simple enough to be made in few hours and the required materials are affordable and readily available. Packed with colorful photos and filled with inspiration, Handmade Houseplants shows how paper plants can provide a modern, light-hearted touch to a well-designed home.


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745.5943 HOG Book Adult General Collection

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This thoroughly modern craft book details how to create stunning houseplants from paper and other easy-to-find materials. In search of a houseplant you truly can't kill? Handmade Houseplants includes 30 projects for making the trendiest houseplants - like monstera, fiddle leaf figs, and philodendrons - from paper. Every project features fully illustrated step-by-step instructions. The book also includes patterns for each plant. Packed with hundreds of stylish, Instagram-worthy photos, this is a must-have for crafters and houseplant collectors everywhere. AUTHOR: Corrie Beth Hogg is a lifelong artist, crafter, and designer. She is the special projects designer for David Stark Design. Her work has been seen in many magazines and newspapers, including Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart Weddings, Domino, InStyle, The New York Times, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Anthology, and more. Her projects have also been featured on The Today Show, Live From The Couch, Martha, and E! News. Online, she ideates, crafts, photographs, and writes DIY blog posts on David Stark's behalf for Design Sponge, Remodelista, Lonny, Apartment Therapy, Style By Emily Henderson, and more. 256 colour photographs

Author Notes

Corrie Beth Hogg is the art and craft director for world-renowned event-design company David Stark Design and Production. With Stark, she has created work seen in Martha Stewart Living , The New York Times , Better Homes and Gardens ,,, and more. An ardent student of nature, Hogg renders her favorite plants in paper with whimsy and careful craftsmanship. Her creations have appeared in The House That Lars Built , Design*Sponge , and Wallpaper* among others.



My love for nature and my passion for making art are intrinsically intertwined--and they always have been. As a child growing up near the Gulf Islands National Seashore in southern Mississippi, I spent many afternoons canoeing in the bayous and wandering trails in the woods. I'd construct giant dream catchers by pulling up ivy from our garden, twisting the vines together, and adding whatever treasures I found that day: feathers, shells, or acorn caps. I started art lessons at just eight years old, planning my artistic future at a young age. They led me to study painting at Memphis College of Art, before I moved to New York City to follow my art world dreams. Although I love urban life, I took a break from the city a few years ago to work for a season on an organic farm in northern California. My tent dwelling allowed me to wake with the dawn each morning, and my days orbited around plants. I picked basil in the morning, weeded arugula after lunch, and patiently waited for tomatoes to ripen day after day. My favorite moments were once again merging nature and art together by creating mixed floral bouquets for the farmers' market and arranging the farm stand's vegetables in an appealing way. I brought that state of mind back with me to Brooklyn, where I currently live and work just a few blocks from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Prospect Park, both of which I visit nearly every weekend. These outdoor spaces are invaluable to me for inspiration, fresh air, and a much-needed respite from city life. They're also where I discovered many of the plants that you'll find in this book. Nature fuels and inspires me . . . whether that means backpacking the Appalachian Trail, taking a stroll in a park, or even just finding some small corner of my apartment where a few houseplants can survive. I began making paper plants because I wanted a fiddle-leaf fig tree in my windowless living room. From their verdant hues to their whimsical gestures, these paper creations give me the same joy as my live plants. Though the paper is temporary, especially when compared to a plastic plant, I believe the care and attention I put into each leaf while creating the plant makes me appreciate it even more. Paper wasn't always my medium of choice. For many years, I made paintings, collages, and fabric sculptures. I began working with paper at the request of my longtime mentor and friend, David Stark, who wrote the foreword for this book. David's always known and trusted that I was a person who could make things. Even if I didn't know how, he knew I'd figure it out. I've worked at his company, David Stark Design and Production, for many years, and it's become my second home. My job gives me endless opportunities to be ambitiously creative, and I never know what I'll be inspired to make from one day to the next. This exciting variety at work gives me freedom to discover new ideas in my own studio, sparking inspiration--like my current obsession, paper plants! From my very first paper challenge of building a life-size baby giraffe out of kraft paper, to all the variations of flowers, birds, butterflies, and more, paper found its way into my heart and my own studio. I love to revel in the wonders of taking the ordinary, like paper, wire, and a bit of paint, to create an object that I truly cherish. As you craft your own versions of the projects in this book, I hope you start (or continue) your artistic journey in this manner. Celebrate the pure pleasure in the act of creating something new with your hands. Not every leaf needs to be perfect, not every cut or mark needs to be made exactly the same. Enjoy the process! Enjoy making these plants for yourself, for your home, or as a gift for a friend. In this book you will find detailed instructions for making thirty of my favorite plants, plus five bonus projects demonstrating how to showcase the plants in artful ways. Many of these plants will probably be familiar, while some may seem more exotic. I chose Pilea peperomioides and fiddle-leaf figs because they are popular, and also because the real plants are difficult to come by or hard to take care of. Sometimes, I chose to make a plant simply because I love the color or the shape of the leaves. No matter the reason or inspiration, the great news is that paper plants don't require you to have a green thumb or a sunlit home. They simply require a set of willing hands, a few crafting supplies, and a good pair of sharp scissors! Many projects in this book are easy and can be done in an afternoon, but a few may take a weekend to make. In most of the projects I've tried to closely mimic the real plant. But whether your muse is a realistic version or something cut from your own imagination, let yourself experiment and play. After all, creation at its core is whatever inspires, intrigues, or compels you. Are you ready to craft your own indoor garden? Let's make some paper plants! Excerpted from Handmade Houseplants: 30 True-To-Life Plants You Can Make with Paper by Corrie Beth Hogg All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 8
Introductionp. 10
Getting Startedp. 14
Tools & Materialsp. 15
Skills & Techniquesp. 22
The Paper Plants
Heartleaf Philodendronp. 70
Pilea peperomioidesp. 80
Watermelon Peperomiap. 86
Pitcher Plantp. 90
African Mask Plantp. 94
White Caladiump. 100
Calathea orbifoliap. 106
Pink Cordylinep. 117
Angel Wing Begoniap. $
Swiss Cheese Vinep. 122
Rattlesnake Plantp. 128
Arrowhead Vinep. 132
Fishbone Cactusp. 138
Pink Polka Dot Plantp. 142
Swallowtail Plantp. 148
Variegated Lady Palmp. 150
Never-Never Plantp. 158
Inch Plantp. $
Philodendron billietioep. $
Sassafras Seedlingsp. $
Alocasia infernalisp. 178
Christmas Cactusp. 184
Rex Begonia Vinep. 190
Peruvian Maidenhair Fernp. 198
Sweet Potato Vinep. 202
Spiral Gingerp. 208
Oxalisp. 214
Monstera deliciosap. 220
Fiddle-Leaf Figp. 220
Tapioca Plantp. 234
Bonus Projects
Place Cards & Centerpiecep. 242
Porcelain Berry Vine Garlandp. 244
Mixed Plantersp. 248
Trellis Artp. 248
Clochesp. 250
Templates & Painting Patternsp. 252
Resourcesp. 288
Acknowledgmentsp. 290
Indexp. 299