Indoor plants

Paper Christmas Stars

The choice of materials

To make our fake houseplant, but as eye-catching and decorative as the real poinsettias, we will need to get some specific material before we get to work. You will need: red, green and yellow crepe paper, there are different weights and with more or less rigid pleating, we can buy both types to play with the materials.It will be useful to have metal wire of different thickness, a very thin type for shape the leaves and another thicker one to use as a stem where to mount the corollas. To complete the composition we will use a vase, the traditional one of houseplants, a block of polystyrene slightly smaller than that of the vase and finally some moss or other filling material that will simulate the earth of the vase.

Preparing for work


To make the poinsettia out of crepe paperwe will need to create modules to assemble to form the typical corolla. We will work with square sheets of the chosen color, they must be at least three, maximum five, to obtain a voluminous effect without weighing down the work. The side of the squares will not always be the same but they will have a scaling size, from larger to smaller, trying to maintain a balanced proportion. To make the first module, fold the square along the middle of the side, then fold it again by halving its length. We will get a square with four layers of sheets. Keeping the center of the sheet facing us and the four free tips outwards, we draw the shape of a not too tapered leaf without thinning the closed tip of the square. We cut out the excess paper and open the sheet. Here is the module composed of four petals joined to form an irregular cross. We repeat the operation on all the sheets of crepe paper that will make up our flower including the green leaves that are slightly larger than the corolla.

Assembling the pieces of the paper poinsettia


Now we cut out a thin strip of yellow crepe paper, about 25cm long. With a pair of scissors we make regular cuts that are not too deep along the entire strip, at a distance of a few millimeters from each other. We roll the strip around a metal wire, so as to leave the shredded ends outwards and we fix the beginning and the end of the strip with a point of glue. Let’s ruffle the tufts a little and we will have obtained our flower. We will need four or five, which we will close together by rolling them into a single stem. To complete the stem, we will wrap the metal wire with a strip of green crepe paper along its entire length. Now we are ready to assemble the pieces. We mount the modules of the petals one on top of the other, from the largest to the smallest, with a pin we make a hole in the center of the various modules and insert them on the stem up to the yellow flowers. To recreate the pattered effect that some new intersections have, we wet a toothbrush with very little bleach and spray it gently on the colored modules before mounting them.

Paper Poinsettias: Let’s recreate the effect of the houseplant


We also mount the green modules at less close range. Once the poinsettia branches are finished we are going to stick them in the polystyrene, which we will put in the vase and cover with moss or other similar material. We said at the beginning that there are various types of crepe paper, we can choose to combine the thin to the heavy, for example the stiffer one for the larger leaves and the thinnest for the smaller leaves to be mounted on top. Another method to give different thickness to the leaves of the poinsettia, will be to create a metal core inside the leaf, so that it can then be easily shaped once assembled. To do this we will cut out from six to ten sheets, still in step, but coupled in pairs. The two identical sheets will be processed at the same time as described above and then glued to each other,

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