How to Make Window Stars

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:

  • kite paper, which is much stronger than tissue paper
  • white glue
  • a few toothpicks
  • a sharp paring knife or scissors
  • a plain piece of white paper

To see how to put them all together, head on over to this post at Duo Fiberworks.  Continue Reading

How to Make an Envelope for your New Accordion Photo Album

created at: 2009-07-16

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.

What you’ll need:

  • some heavy weight card stock or poster board (leftovers from yesterday)
  • small hole punch (the same one you used yesterday)
  • two brads (like the one you used yesterday)
  • a bit of sturdy string (waxed jute might work better, now that I think about it)
  • a bit of acid-free tape or glue
  • this PDF

What you’ll do:

Print out the PDF; cut out the shape and transfer to your card stock or poster board. Continue Reading

How to Make Tissue Paper Carnations

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:

  • tissue paper
  • suitably-sized (approximately 3″ round) container lid to use as a template
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • 2 large paper clips (the butterfly types)
  • chenille stems (aka pipe cleaners) or floral wire
  • colored marking pen/s 
  • floral wire, floral tape & wire cutter, all optional

For the entire tutorial, scamper on over to this post on Folding Trees.  Continue Reading

How to Make Magic Boxes

Now you see one box….

and now you see four!

Life as Lou reveals all the details so we can perform this bit of magic ourselves.

The supplies are minimal and include:

  • Six heavier-weight pieces of cardstock
  • White glue (I'd probably opt for PVA)

To see the entire tutorial, visit Life as Lou. Make sure to check out the examples made at the bottom of the post. (Bravo Lou!)



How to Make a Matchbook Booklet

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.
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Make Japanese Kusudama Paper Flowers

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.

To make 12 flowers, you’ll need:

  • 60 pieces of paper cut into squares. FT suggests each piece should be 7 x 7 cm or 3″ square
  • Glue

To see how to make the individual flowers, go here. Continue Reading

Making pictorial snowflakes

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, head on over to Instructables. Continue Reading

How To: Gift Card Boxes.

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. Continue Reading

Nick and Norah Paper Flower CD Case

created at: 03/28/2013

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).   

created on: 10/06/08

You’ll need:

  • A square bit of paper, 12″x12″ (or 30cm) I’ve used velum scrapbook pages, ’cause they were exactly the right size and purdy.
  • A protractor. Like in school!
  • some scissors and a pencil
  • a carefully thought out mix cd with which to woo your sweetie.
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