The tropical Monstera plant (Monstera Deliciosia) is really having a moment in interior styling right now. You can get the whole plant, buy individual leaves to put in a vase or have prints with its beautiful leafs in many forms to decorate your home with.
I too have fallen for this lovely plant and want to share an easy DIY that you can whip up in a few hours. I already had everything I needed for this project in my craft stash so no extra costs there. Just a great way to add something handmade to your gallery wall or any other space. If you don’t have a craft stash don’t worry this project is very budget friendly.
This is what you will need
- Embroidery floss
- Embroidery needle
- Fabric (Linen)
- Embroidery hoop
- Water-soluble pen for fabric
First, start by choosing the size of your piece of fabric. I used linen fabric for mine but you can use whatever fabric you have lying around. I cut my fabric to be 26 cm wide and 30 cm long.
If you are a regular Picasso you can draw an outline of a Monstera leaf free hand right? If you are like me, lacking in that department use the following trick. Start up your computer and search “monstera leaf” and many many many images pop up. Choose one that speaks to you and pull up that image on your computer. Take a piece of paper and a marker and trace the leaf using your computer screen as a light box. My tip here is to start with a fine tip marker and tidy up your lines afterwards with a wide tip marker so you can see those lines later when you’re tracing your design onto the fabric.
Take your design you just traced and lay your fabric on top of it so you can trace the leaf design on your fabric with the special water -soluble pen for fabric. This pen works a bit like an invisible ink pen. You draw on the fabric with the special pen and the ink fades over time and can be removed by water.
Now you are ready to embroider the leaf design on the fabric. I used white embroidery floss but you can use any colour you want. I used my embroidery hoop but you can do this simple design without a hoop. I used a split stitch to do the whole thing but a simple backstitch will work fine as well. Check out this video by Amanda Rolfe she shows you some basic embroidery stitches.
When you are all done with embroidering your leaf design fray all the edges of your fabric for a bit more interest. You can hang it up like I did here or frame your work and add it to your gallery wall.
What do you think would you try this DIY for you own home? If you do please share your project on social media. I would love to see your versions. Leave me a message and tag @browngirldecor on social media using #BGDDIY.
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