Making the snake plant (for my Year of Crafting Creatively challenge that I’m doing at the Sylvanian Families Forum) was so easy and fun and I loved the result so much that I decided that a photo tutorial was in order. So let’s make a miniature snake plant!
What you’ll need:
- Air-dry clay (mine is a brown “foam” clay similar to Crayola Clay Magic.) If you can’t find brown, use white, but you’ll need paint.
- Green, yellow, or green-ish yellow cardstock paper (For this tutorial I used Stampin’ Up paper in “Lemon-Lime Twist.”)
- Green markers in similar colors, one lighter, one darker. For ease of use, I recommend that the lighter color have a brush tip, and the darker one a fine tip. (I used Stampin’ Up Stampin’ Write markers in “Lemon-Lime Twist” and “Old Olive”)
- A pair of sharp scissors. Small scissors will probably work better than big ones since you’ll be cutting little pieces.
- A pot to put your plant in
Step 1: Using your scissors, cut 10-12 pointy leaves from the cardstock, about 1-inch tall.
Step 2: Using the lighter colored marker (with brush tip) add color to the center of the leaf, leaving a small rim uncolored on the edges.
Step 3: Do this to both sides of all the leaves.
Step 4: With the darker marker (with the fine tip) add stripes to the leaves in varying widths. Make sure to only add the stripes to the part you colored with the lighter marker, keeping the edges free from ink.
Step 5: Add the stripes to both sides of all the leaves.
Step 6: Using the edge of your desk or table, carefully curve the leaves from edge to edge.
Step 7: Repeat for all leaves.
Step 8: Fill your pot with the air-dry clay.
Step 9: Put your leaves in order from shortest to tallest.
Step 10: Start with your shortest leaf, and insert it near the center of your air-dry clay filled pot.
Step 11: With your next tallest leaf, place it next-to and sort of overlapping the first leaf.
Step 12: Working your way from shortest leaf to tallest, build around from the inside of the plant to the outside. As you work from inside to outside, position leaves from a more upright, vertical position to a more angled position.
Step 13: Continue until all the leaves have been placed. Then it’s just a matter of waiting for the clay to fully dry.
And there you have it – a cute and easy snake plant that will add some happy greenery to your miniature projects!