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 learn how to make paper roses in a matter of minutes! So hunker down with that hot glue gun and let's get to work.
Giving cash this Christmas? (We still think it's better than a gift card.) Instead of just sticking the bills in a card, how about festively folding them into a Christmas money tree shape? With this simple technique, you’ll have the whole project done in less than five minutes. Here's how to make a money tree for the holidays this year...
While I’m a firm believer that everyone is creative, I understand that many people aren't comfortable with the idea of painting or drawing their own wall art. Heck, I’ve worked with paint all my life and sometimes I still don’t feel completely at ease with a paintbrush in hand!
The wonderful thing about art is that you can make it out of pretty much anything. So if you're looking for a way to decorate your walls, instead of going down...
I am totally digging these paper cake treat boxes, which, when assembled into an entire cake, could easily put any real cake to shame. A paper pastry like this could be used for a multitude of occasions where party favors
How cute would a bunch of these folded straw paper roses be at your next soiree? Or better yet, turn Filth Wizardry's tute into a party game for all your paper-loving peeps. The original tutorial uses crepe paper streamers, but Jessica from How About Orange discovered that the same technique could be applied using straw wrappers.
These folded CD cases come to us from Studio Lo. The paper is provided, and you do the folding and arranging. As Studio Lo's site is primarily in French, I'm not sure if the cd cases are available for sale.
HOWEVER, I found a 6-sided folded paper CD holder how-to for a DIY attempt that could work.
Check out the FREE downloadable PDF of this minimal yet elegant paper dock for iPhone and iPod Touch.
These lovely, colorful paper stars come to us from Duo Fiberworks, who tells us they're 'a bit fiddly' but easy to construct. To make some, you'll need to gather up the following:
So yesterday I showed you how to make an accordion album. Today is the finishing touch: an envelope in which to keep it or give it. I've done all the hard work (made a PDF), so it really couldn't be easier.
These lovely tissue paper carnations from Folding Trees aren't so much folded as scrunched, which makes them super easy to make! To whip up a bouquet of your own you'll need to assemble the following:
Now you see one box....
Here’s a really easy way to make a booklet, perfect for poetry readings, musings, ceremonies of the wedding and anniversary variety.....well, you get the idea.
To make one, you’ll need:
- One sheet of 8 ½" x 11" cardstock.
- 2 or three pieces of copy paper.
- A craft knife and cutting board. (A pencil and scissors will work too.)
- A ruler.
- Two brads. (I used 1/4" size.)
- A boning tool, optional.
- An paper awl, paper punch or small nail.
These exquisite flowers come to us by way of Folding Trees. In this tutorial, we're introduced the art of Japanese kusudama, which, traditionally, are used to make balls into which are deposited incense or potpourri. I actually prefer the look of the individual flowers, but if you're interested in assembling them into a ball, Folding Trees provides that tutorial as well.
These snowflake designs are quite remarkable. If you examine them closely, you'll see pictures in them. Easy to make out are the seahorses and fish pictured above. Also easy to spot are these hearts, but note the 'love border'.
A little trickier yet is 'Joy' spelled out in the one below. The maker has included not only the folding and cutting methods but examples of the patterns he used as well. Again, remarkable. For the entire tutorial...
Gift cards have become MORE than acceptable presents for friends and family during the holidays. At their best, they say, "I know what you're into, and I want to be sure that you get exactly what you love the most."
So, add a little handmade touch with this free gift card box pattern from Heather Bailey. With a single sheet of cardstock, you can customize your gift and keep its recipients guessing as it sits under the tree.
Skip the meat and pass the paper! This Papercraft Turkey dinner pattern is available in a PDF. A color printer is a necessity for 'authenticity's' sake. Go here for the assembly instructions and to view the original source, check this out. Via.
In honour of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, (which b.t.w is awesome and adorable) here's an uber-cute and COMPLETELY simple way to wrap mix-tapes (sigh... remember tapes?) for your best girl (or guy).
June over at lovely Folding Trees shares her incredibly easy yet effective method of using old magazines to weave beautiful note cards and book marks. June also suggests using the technique to make wall art, book covers and pen pots too!
Supplies you’ll need:
paper (glossy magazine pages and copy paper)
What you’ll need to do:
Click on over to Folding Trees to see the entire tutorial. Via Craftzine.
This paper Santa is great for embellishing Christmas cards and gifts. Because he can stand on his own, he makes a sweet place setting. You could also add a tie to his hat and use him as an ornament. So versatile is this easy-to-fold little guy, you might want to make a bunch! Here’s how we do it:
I’m using a square of paper that’s white on one side and red on the other. Also, I used light weight scrapbook type paper, so Santa might look a...
This 3D four-point origami star would make a pretty accessory to any holiday gift. The video begins with a crane base. For instructions on how to get to that point, first visit danbergam’s preliminary base and then her crane base video. And for an alternative, don't forget to check out my folded paper star how-to!