I finally got around to finishing these origami decorations. I’m really pleased with the way they turned out.
I’ve started stringing them on to some fairy lights but they would look just as great as Christmas tree decorations. They are surprisingly sturdy too!
If you want to have a go then you will find the how-to after the jump.
As I said in my previous post if you want to explore more of these folding techniques then you can buy a fantastic book called ‘Folding Techniques for Designers‘ by Paul Jackson. I had it as a present last Christmas and love it. (If you are strapped for cash then do try your local library ^_^)
I really like this gift-wrap. It’s a perfect way of using up paper scraps and there are no bows to get squashed. The best bit is that it moves around when you shake it.
If you are struggling to buy clear cellophane then try your local florist (that’s where I got mine from – and it was really inexpensive).
I can see a winter snowflake version coming on already!
I‘ve been playing around with accordion paper folding for about a year now and thought it was high time that I put something on the site! The technique is really addictive.
This project shows how to make a simple candle holder. All you need is some paper, a glass jar and a little bit of glue so it’s a really affordable project. If you fancy having a go then you will find a full how-to after the jump.
***IMPORTANT*** If you want to use this as a candle holder please make sure that you put a glass jar inside the paper cuff and ensure that there is no paper hanging over the top of the jar (otherwise it may set on fire). For safety reasons I would recommend using battery operated candles instead.
If you want to explore more of these folding techniques then you can buy a fantastic book called ‘Folding Techniques for Designers‘ by Paul Jackson. I had it as a present last Christmas and love it. (If you are strapped for cash then do try your local library ^_^)
Hello peeps. You can find some of my printable gift boxes on Oh Happy Day today. Come back tomorrow to see some popup Halloween invites.
Off topic: My kids went back to school today after their six week holidays – the weather has been better than it has been for years in England so it’s a bit sad to think that Autumn is now rolling in. Hope you’ve have had a fun summer too.
I used to love making 3D nets at school (it’s the only bit of maths I actually enjoyed).
I’ve been thinking for a long time they would look great with faces on.
You can make a garland or mobile with them. You can sit a few on your desk to keep you company. Or you can pile them high…totem style!
The lion is my favorite!
Click link below to read full post and download printable templates.
Oh, and if you want plain templates then click here!
H ere is a 60 minute project for those of you who like woodwork but don’t have a lot of time on your hands.
All you need is some cube-shaped wooden beads, sand-paper, paint and a bit of cord to string them onto.
YOU WILL NEED:
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+ Some cube shaped wooden beads
+ Sandpaper (fine and medium grade)
+ Acrylic paint
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1. Take your bead. Using a pencil mark the mid-way point on 3 adjoining edges. Join each of the points with a straight line as shown. I also drew a second triangle on the opposite corner of the bead.
2. Sand both corners down. I used a dremel drill but medium grade sandpaper will do the job just as well.
3. Sand all the faces with a fine grade sandpaper.
4. Paint both triangular faces in a pretty colour.
5. String onto some cord.
….if you do manage to find some more spare time you can make your own beads from a chunk of wood (Happy Friday BTW!)
Hello. I started making some snowflake thaumatropes back in December but it was just another one of those posts I never got around to finishing! Six months later and I finally finished some – yay! (Snowflake theme no longer appropriate!)
My kids thought that the ‘cat’s whiskers’ design was really funny. I like the sparkly gem!
The instructions are below…let me know how you get on. If you have a go at designing your own I would be really interested to see the results ^_^
I have included an envelope template so that you can send them through the post – they make a nice alternative to a card I think!?
Have a look here to see my favorite thaumatrope of all time. (Such a cool idea and I’m a bit jealous it wasn’t mine).
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I recommend printing the card on good quality paper/card. Print the envelopes on standard paper. Set your printing preferences to ‘photo’ or ‘best-photo’, ‘plain paper’ and ‘grayscale’.
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