DIY Decorative Picks for Houseplants
Perhaps I was thinking a little too long about wooden skewers yesterday, but I started coming up with other ideas to use up a large package of skewers I initially bought for grilled kabobs that seems to lurk permanently in my kitchen drawer.
I bought a small, ivy topiary at the market last week in hopes that a houseplant would add some much-needed green to my living room. The topiary looks like, well, a topiary, but it isn’t festive enough for me.
So, I thought I would make a DIY decorative pick from a wooden skewer or lollipop stick, glue dots or tape, scissors, and craft paper. There are so many colors and designs of craft paper available, it is easy to match any décor!
Use the scissors to cut two identical shapes from craft paper, like two hearts, two circles, two stars … One easy way to cut identical shapes is to lay one piece of paper directly over another piece of paper and cut through both layers with a scissors, or fold the paper in half, and cut. For extra detail, use a special craft scissors with a scalloped edge.
Place one paper shape on a flat surface with the plain side facing up. Put a wooden skewer or lollipop stick on top of the paper shape about halfway to the top border of the shape.
Secure the remaining paper cut-out to the base paper shape with glue dots (these are small adhesives that can be found in art or craft stores), being careful to hold the wooden skewer or lollipop stick in place. A few pieces of tape can be used in place of the glue dots.
Press the paper pieces firmly together at the edges to secure them.
Finally, push the stick into the soil around a potted houseplant. That’s decorating on the cheap!
** These picks would be a clever gift tag if the houseplant is intended as a present.