This one goes out to all my Star Wars-obsessed friends and family–you know who you are. I’m going out on a limb here and guessing you’ve got a few in your life, too? Just call it a hunch. Impress them this holiday season (or embrace your own Star Wars geekdom) with these hand-cut snowflakes!
Chaunce Dolan from Matters of Grey created four unique Star Wars snowflake designs and, to help spread the geeky love, is offering printable PDF diagrams of each! Continue Reading
At Curbly, we’ve got a little thing for paper cutting and coasters. But a project that combines two of our loves in one?? Well, that’s what I like to call a ‘craftgasm’.
Today’s ‘gasm comes courtesy of paper craft master Patricia Zapata of A Little Hut (who will be teaching a class at the Altitude Design Summit–Are you going??). All you need to make your own paper cut coasters is the following:
Blank tiles (super cheap at hardware stores)
Paper cut outs
Mod Podge or glue
Clear spray paint (gloss or satin)
Felt circles for the corners of the tiles or felt squares that are as large as the tiles
Adhesive for the felt (if not using the self-adhesive kind)
A few weeks back the folks at X-ACTO offered to send over a few of their items for me to review. My first thought was, “What could I possibly have to say about X-ACTO that my fellow Curbliers don’t already know?” My next thought was, “Since I’ve never actually owned an X-ACTO, I can’t really answer that question.” I know, I know! How has a chronic DIYer never bought an X-ACTO?! Because such purchases occur to me when I’m at the checkout. Continue Reading
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
A piece of paper. A scissors. A scant five minutes. The results?
The paper snowflake is nearly everyone’s first Christmastide craft, and its elegant aesthetic keeps folks creating ’em, year after year. But my elementary-school snowflakes never really captured nature’s precise geometry and symmetry…they really looked more like crude doilies than lilting crystalline water.
As it turns out, the magic doesn’t lie in obsessive, intricate scissorwork…but rather in starting in the right place: folding technique. Continue Reading
Heather, an illustrator and designer from Cape Town, offers a how-to for creating these fine and incredibly detailed paper cuttings. Be sure to check out the rest of her site and Etsy shop for more ideas and inspiration.
Okay, so after my last paper project, I decided to treat myself to a guillotine paper cutter to make life a bit easier. (I have a large rotary cutter, but they don’t work well cutting small pieces of paper.) I didn’t want anything big or, for that matter, expensive. A trip to my favorite office supply store turned up this very handy little Fiskars Mini Euro By Pass Paper Trimmer ($14.99).