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How to Fold a Paper Rose

by DIY Maven
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Photo: Lexy Ward

I  love working with flowers. Fresh or fake, they just make me happier. While not all of us have a green thumb (I am not declaring I do as I am still struggling to keep my plants alive), paper flowers are the easiest way to enjoy some new blooms and keep them around far longer than a few days. And you can make this version in a matter of minutes! So hunker down with that hot glue gun and let's get to work.      

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How to: Origami-Inspired Paper Star Garland

by Chris Gardner


My favorite aspect of the holiday season is most certainly the decorating. It puts a festive spirit in your heart and a big smile on your face – the perfect recipe for holiday cheer. 

And while holiday decor can mean a variety of different things to different people, I think we can all agree that the best holiday decorations are both beautiful and inexpensive! This is Linda from A Sweet Afternoon here to show you how to make an easy, origami-inspired paper star garland that’s as festive as can be, and that you can make with any paper you have and just a few basic craft items.  By the end of this, you’ll know how to make two different types of folded stars for all your decorating needs!

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Coasters and Trivets: The Magic of Modular

by Craftmel

created at: 03/13/2012

When I was a little girl, my grandpa would keep us spell-bound by inexplicably pulling off his thumb and putting it back on again.  I remember when he revealed the secret that his thumb was simply bent and hiding behind his other fingers.  I suddenly could see the illusion (and realized that's why his actual stump of a ring finger could never be put back together!) and it was easy to replicate his little trick.  

When I saw these modular coasters from How About Orange, it made me think of good ol' grandpa and his finger trick- except this time, it is all in felt.  

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How to Make Folded Paper (Kirigami) Christmas Trees

by Bruno Bornsztein

Kirigami paper Christmas trees are a quick and easy way to add a festive decor to your home.

A few weeks ago my mother-in-law, Lin, showed me how to make these really cool Kirigami (which, unlike Origami, includes cutting) paper trees. They're super easy, once you get the hang of them, and look really nice in bunches. Plus, you can get creative with the paper you use (Lin's incredible hand-marbled paper is a good place to start) for different effects. 

There are lots of tutorials on the web about how to make these...

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Origami Up the Wall

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

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What could be cheaper than using beautifully colored origami paper to make perfect wall art? It's geometric, it adds texture and, if you can make it look this good, it's practically free. A series of designs could be hung to give your wall an art gallery feel. But you need that wall for storage? Well, look what we have here - a giant sized origami wall unit that can multi-task as both art and storage...

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Holiday How-To: Origami Box Ornaments.

by Chris Gardner

I think Creature Comforts wins my very, very unofficial award for best DIY holiday projects this year. Nearly every day of the yuletide work week this December, they've offered some very fine holiday how-tos, many with free printable patterns and art, as well as all kinds of free alternative gift wrap options and gift tags.

So, to give Ez and crew a final round of applause, one more great project from Creature Comforts: DIY Origami Box Ornaments...

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