DIY Origami Pot Covers

  • 01 of 06

    Spruce up Your Plants With Origami Pot Covers

    An image collage of an origami pot cover
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    Make your planters extra special with these stylish geometric origami pot or glass jar covers. These origami decorations make great camouflage for unsightly plastic plant pots or plastic cups. They can also cover glass jars and other containers.

    Supplies Needed

    • 2 sheets of rectangular paper
    • Ruler
    • Scoring tool
    • Cutting board (to protect your surface)
    • Glue (optional)
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  • 02 of 06

    Getting Started

    Origami pot cover tutorial step one
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    1. Measure your jar/pot. Take the height and multiply it by 1.5 and note the number down. Take the width of your pot and multiply it by 4.2 and note that number. If your pot is 9 x 7 cm, your papers need to measure 13.5 x 29.4–to be safe, make the measurements about 1 cm more. So 14 x 30 cm if you can.
    2. Start your paper with the longest edge at the bottom.
    3. Fold the paper in half, from right to left. Next, fold the left and right edges to the central crease.
    4. Fold the left and right edges to the central crease. Unfold the whole thing.
    5. After unfolding it, you can see you now have eight equal sections. We will now create sixteen equal sections, you can do this by folding the right edge to the left-most crease, and then fold it to the second left-most crease, etc.
    6. You should now have sixteen equal sections. Re-fold the creases to make sure they are all 'valley folds.'

    Remember to make your folds as precise and neat as you can; this will ensure that your final origami creation will be crisp and clean.

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  • 03 of 06

    Start Scoring

    Origami pot cover tutorial step 2
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    1. Flip the paper to the other side.
    2. Here you can see the diagonal grid that needs to be scored. Along the bottom edge, count four sections. Start your first crease at the top left corner going down to the bottom right corner of the 4th section. Continue making creases every second section.
    3. You can use a scoring board if you have one. Here we are using a cutting board to protect the table, a steel ruler, and a scoring tool. If you do not have a scoring implement, you can use a blunt knife (gently) or a ball-point pen that is completely run out.
    4. Rotate the paper, pick it up and start folding along the scored lines.
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  • 04 of 06

    Push the Sides In

    Origami pot cover tutorial step 3
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    1. Position your paper as shown.
    2. Start pushing the left and right sides in. The middle section should rise slightly as you push in the sides. Pinch the sides too.
    3. You should have something that looks like the image shown.

    If your paper is very thin, be careful not to push too hard.

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  • 05 of 06

    Make Another Model

    Origami pot cover tutorial step 4
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    1. Completely compress the model, carefully squashing all of the layers. Do not worry if they do not line up–it won't matter that much.
    2. Next, make a second model in the same way.
    3. Open out the end of one of the papers and apply some glue to the two end sections.
    4. Grab the other paper and attach it, lining up the creases. (If using thick paper or textured paper, you don't need to use glue. The origami pot holder will stay in place).
    5. Open out the paper a little and attach the other two ends in the same way. Re-fold the creases carefully and compress the origami model.

    Note: Refold the sections carefully, depending on what kind of paper you're using; you may want to let the glue dry before re-folding it.

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  • 06 of 06

    Origami Planter Covers

    Origami pot cover tutorial completed cover
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    Now you can cover your glass jar, plastic cup or plant pot with the origami cover.
    You can experiment with different sized paper. If you need to cover a taller pot, then use taller paper for example.

    Using crisp white paper (even printer paper will do) creates a clean, minimalist look. If your origami pot cover did not fit over your pot, you would need to use bigger paper; Don't worry, you can still use the first one you made as decor.

    Glue the top and bottom sections together by using a hot glue gun or some PVA, hold the origami model together while it drys. You now have a lovely geometric origami decoration you can place next to your pots or hang elsewhere.