How to Make a Miniature Paper Monstera Plant | Dani Vinokurov | Skillshare

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How to Make a Miniature Paper Monstera Plant

teacher avatar Dani Vinokurov, Fine Artist and Designer

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    • 2.

      Tools & Materials


    • 3.

      Making The Monstera Leaves


    • 4.

      Making The Pot


    • 5.

      Assembling The Plant


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About This Class

While I’d love to sport one of those “Plant Lady is the New Cat Lady” t-shirts, I’ve come to the sad conclusion that despite my best efforts, I’m a plant murderess. So instead of pining for a green thumb, I’m leveraging my skills as a fine artist to create miniature paper plants that require zero care and are cuter than can be.

This class is great for hobbyists, artists and crafters of all skill levels who are either in the same boat as me or are looking to make a sweet gift for a friend, want to spruce up your office space with some handmade décor, or perhaps want a unique way to display place cards for a wedding or event.

In this class, I’m going to walk you through step-by-step on how to create your own miniature Monstera plant out of paper. Not only will you hone your papercutting and assembling skills, but by the end of this class you’ll start your own miniature garden of care-free paper plants.

If you wish to forgo drawing out your plant, I’ve created a downloadable PDF for you to print and cut [COMING SOON]. Just make sure to use cardstock paper. Otherwise, your plant won’t stand up.

In addition, I hope to make this class the first of many where I teach you how to make miniature paper plants. So if you’d like me to create a tutorial on a specific plant species, please let me know in the comments below.

Have fun, share your projects and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Happy Making!

CREDITS: Music by Jason Rivera

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Dani Vinokurov

Fine Artist and Designer


Hi! My name is Dani Vinokurov. I’m a graphic designer and fine artist living in Los Angeles, California. 

By day, I help run a small marketing and graphic design firm where I design branding, websites, and marketing collateral for small companies.

By night, I wield an x-acto knife, pen and ink, and needle and thread to make mixed media collages. My work is combination of tiny ink drawings, meticulous paper cuts, watercolor washes, miniature weavings and embroidery. 

Please join me on Instagram: @danivinokurov
I share behind the scenes photos and videos of my process (and the occasional pic of my pibble studio mate, Penny)

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1. Introduction: Hi, everyone. Danny here on the mixed media collage artist based out of Los Angeles, California. Much of my work includes paper cutting and paper engineering techniques I share with you to create your own miniature paper wants Terra Plant. Are you ready to flex your crafty green thumbs? I am the worst plant mama on the planet. Despite my best efforts, I am a plant murderous. That's why I love to create miniature plants out of paper. They're easy to maintain, don't require any watering or proper light and are cuter than can be. Plus, these little darlings make great gifts for friends and family are the perfect way to dress up your desk area, make a sweet cake topper and are excellent place cards for weddings or other events in this class. I'm going to walk you through step by step on how to create your own minute Germans dairy plant out of paper. Not only will you hold your paper cutting an assembly skills, but by the end of this class you'll start your miniature garden of carefree paper plants. So let's get started 2. Tools & Materials: tools and materials for this classy will need the following tools and materials, an Exacto knife or a pair of sharp scissors. I recommend using £90 hot pressed watercolor paper, especially if you want to add color to your plant. For those of you who wish to use colored papers, I recommend either using council or FOB Briana charcoal papers glue. I prefer to use PV a glue, but you may use Elmer's glue or glue stick of your choice. Due to the size of a finished plant, I find it easier to apply liquid glues with a paint brush in order to ensure precision application and avoid gluey mess is a pencil and a ruler, a circle stencil or compass, watercolors or gua sh to paint your plant. This is optional and completely up to you. For those of you who may want to forgo attempting to draw out the components of your plan, I have included a downloadable template in the about section below. You can follow along with the videos, cut out the shapes and assemble your plant. If you opt to go this route, I recommend printing the template onto card stock paper. Otherwise you plant me, not stand up. If you are new to paper cutting and want to use an Exacto knife to cut out your shapes, I highly recommend taking a paper cutting class. Skill share has numerous teachers who share their knowledge on the subject matter, including myself, so make sure to get yourself acquainted with the tools and techniques before attempting this project. 3. Making The Monstera Leaves: Let's start by drawing, cutting and assembling arm on stare A plant leaves. We're going to make two different sizes of monster relieves to make our plant feel more realistic and more dynamic. In total, we will be cutting seven leaves, three large and four small to start. Draw a one inch strip on the back side of your watercolor paper. This will determine the width of our leaves side. No, if you are unsure which side of the watercolor paper is the backside, look for the watermark. It will typically be in one of the corners of the sheet and should be right reading on the front side, so just simply flip your paper over. In addition, the back side of the paper will have a more textured appearance on the front side of the paper, which is generally much smoother. Once you've drawn your one in strip, go ahead and at a center line at the half inch mark. This will help us achieve some cemetery to our monster relieves next, mark the height or length of your leaves. Again. Let's make a few different sizes to mimic a more realist plant. I suggest making one approximately one and 1/4 inches and two at one inch in length. Now that we've drawn our guidelines, let's draw out our leaves. Monster relieves have a heart shaped look to them, so draw a rough heart with an exaggerated or elongated tail within the confines of the guides. Please don't worry about making these perfect irregularities are quite charming. And give your miniature plant more character. Let's go back in to add the cutouts that give monster era leaves their distinctive look. Working at approximately of 45 degree angle from the edge of the leave drug cutouts about halfway to the center line. These do not need to be even from side to side. Nor do they need to have the same length. In addition, at a few oval or circle shapes near the center line. Repeat for all three large leaves. Now let's move on to draw the guides and leaves for the smaller leaves. Start by drawing a strip around 3/4 of an inch wide and don't forget to include the center line. Make the height or length of each leave 3/4 of an inch as well. Repeat the same steps from the large leaves to add in the cutout shapes to your small leads . After we've drawn our leaves, let's cut them out. Using your Exacto knife or scissors, carefully cut out each of the leaves. Take your time to avoid mistakes and make sure your blades or scissors air extra sharp and make sure to have fun next up. Drawing and cutting the ribs and stumps for a month. Stare a plant. The ribs of the leaves require a very thin strip of paper. To draw these, I make one line across the paper and then move the ruler ever so slightly to make the next spark. Ideally, you want the ribs to be between 1 32nd and 1/16 of an inch. Don't worry about cutting these down to size for now, we'll take care of that later. When we start gluing all the parts together, the stumps of amongst era plant will be elongated. Triangles make each of them approximately three inches long, so we have some wiggle room to adjust the heights of the leaves to fill out our plant at their whitest. The stems of the leaves should be approximately an eighth of an inch. - Now that we've cut out all the pieces of our Montes de relieves. Now is the opportunity to paint the leaves. If you're working with white watercolor paper, take a moment to apply watercolor arc Wash to both sides of the paper. And don't forget to hit the sides. Once all the parts are finished drawing, we can start to assemble our leaves. Let's start by gluing the ribs onto the leaves to measure out the correct length. Lay the rib along the centre line of the leaf. Make it quick. Cut with your exact on life or mark with a pencil and cut with your scissors so the rib fits from the tip to the top of the leaf. Use your glued to place a few small dabs along the backside of the rib and press firmly onto the front side of your leaf. Repeat for all six remaining leaves. - Now let's glue the stumps onto the back of them on sterile leaves, added up of glue to the front side of the stem at its narrowest part and glue to the underside of the leaf. You should glue the stems about halfway down the center of each leaf. Once we're done assembling Armand sterile leaves, let's move on to making the pot 4. Making The Pot: making your pot. Let's begin by drawing out the parts of our pot. Start by drawing two circles with a one inch diameter. You can do this by other, using a template or by compass. One of the circles will become the base of our pot, and the other will be the platform for growing down our leaves. Next, draw a strip approximately one inch wide by three and 1/4 inches long. This will become the walls of your pot. In addition, cut another strip just shy of 1/4 of an inch by three and 1/4 inches long, and this will become the lip or rim of your pot. - Once you have cut out all the pieces of your pot, now is the time to paint the pieces. If you so wish, make sure to paint both sides and the edges. Once the watercolor Argh washes dried, we can begin to assemble your pot. Start by applying a thin line of glue around the edge of one of your circles. This doesn't need to go all the way around the circle. We can apply glue as we go to avoid a sticky mass. Now line up the wall of your pot so it sits flush against the circle's edge and press firmly for a few seconds. Once the blue sets at a little more glue to the edge of the circle and glide your finger along the edge of the wall to make sure that the two pieces bond continue until you make it all the way around this circle. Now glue down the edges of the wall to form a seem at the back of your pot. Once completed at the rim to the top of the pot, make sure to start and end your gluing at the seam of the walls so you don't have multiple seems have patience with this process. It can be a bit tricky to get the pieces to bomb together. My personal preference is to work in small stages, a little bit of glue and then holding down the edge of the pot and tell it sets This way. I could make my way all the way around the pot without any of the other parts coming on that now that our pot is complete, let's assemble our plant 5. Assembling The Plant: assembling your mom's dairy plant, we finally arrived at the finish line. Now we just have a few more steps to complete our miniature monster era plant. Let's start by adding or leaves to the platform I've found the best way to do this is to cut seven random splits into the remaining one inch circle. Pull each stump through the slit until you achieve the desired height. No, it works best to make the stones and the thunder higher while making the ones on the edge slightly lower. In addition, you want to avoid making any of the systems shorter than the height of the pot of of the pot walls. So keep this in. Mind it. Once you pull the stump through the slit, bended over and glue it flush to the underside of the platform. If you end up having excess stem, don't worry about it. You can always cut it off with your exacto knife. When you are finished, adding all your stems, place a dollop of glue at the bottom of the platform and drop into the pot. Use the handle of a paintbrush or a skewer to press down firmly. Now simply bend the Stump's downward at or near the point intersects with the leaf. Do this for all seven leaves. - And now you're done. A miniature paper monster plant Congratulations. 6. Conclusion: I hope you enjoyed this class as a self proclaimed paper plant lady. I intend to teach additional classes on the art of engineering paper plants. So if you want to learn how to build a specific type of plant, please let me know in the comments below. And as always, please share your mom Sterritt plants in the project section. I love to see your creations. Cheers.