How to Make Paper Planters

Green Grass Planter

Green Grass Planter paper craft
Green Grass Planter paper craft

The Green Grass Planter is one way to keep plants green! This paper planter craft is great for plants or flowers, and it really brings the outdoors in.

What You'll Need:

  • 1-quart cardboard milk carton
  • 12x18-inch piece green craft foam
  • 1 yard floral ribbon
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Medium-grade sandpaper
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • 2 large rubber bands
  • Green felt-tip marker

How to Make Green Grass Planter:

Step 1: Measure and mark a line 5-1/2 inches up from the bottom edge of the milk carton. Cut off the top portion using a craft knife. Lightly sand the sides of the carton to remove the waxy sheen.

Step 2: Cut a piece of craft foam to measure 12x9-1/2 inches. Place the grass pattern along the long edge of the craft foam, and trace around the top. Cut out with scissors.

Wrap foam around the carton. Wrap foam around the carton.
Wrap foam around the carton.

Step 3: Wrap the foam around the carton, overlapping the edges in the center of one side of the carton. Crease the corners of the foam, and then remove it.

Step 4: Apply glue all around the 4 sides of the milk carton. Wrap the craft foam around the carton. Apply more glue to the overlapping edge of the foam, and smooth in place.

Step 5: Secure with 2 rubber bands to hold the grass in place while the glue dries (approximately 1 hour).

Step 6: Using the patterns for the longer grass piece and the individual blades of grass, trace and cut individual blades of grass from the remaining craft foam, varying the heights and shapes of each blade a little bit.

Step 7: Using green marker, draw a vein down the center of each blade. Glue them on top of the foam around the carton.

Cut out individual blades of grass. Cut out individual blades of grass.
Cut out individual blades of grass.

Step 8: Wrap a ribbon around the carton, and tie in a bow. If needed, apply a few drops of glue to hold the ribbon in place.

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