Archive for the ‘Papercraft’ Category


Project 48: Quilling

December 27, 2011

28 Aug 05 QUILLING - 1

I’ve been wanting to give quilling a try but it is kind of everything that makes me crazy in a craft: lots of little fragile pieces that have to be perfect and should look like a realistic thing when combined. These are my weak areas. Still, quilled pieces are so lovely that I’ll give it a shot.

Join me as I make a quilled snowflake that won’t look nearly as beautiful as the photo above!

Photo by Sidda’s Mom on Flickr


For my Valentine

February 15, 2011

Valentine's Day gift

Now that Valentine’s Day is over and my husband has received his present I can show it to you here. This was fun to put together. I downloaded the Love Letters design from Urban Threads and embroidered it on a scrap piece of denim. Then I cut a mat from my handmade paper and framed it all. I still can’t quite believe how professional it looks!

Now back to crocheting.


Project 6: Applied uses

February 12, 2011

Anniversary card


Project 6: Lessons learned

February 11, 2011

Homemade paper

Lessons learned:

– I am a champion procrastinator and this trait will not serve me well during this blog project. There are some seriously time consuming projects coming up. If I try to leave them until the last minute I will fail.
– It seems to me that papermaking is something where you can do the messiest part in a big batch and then stretch out the tedious draining and drying part over more days. For example, I could dump the slurry in the bin and whip out a few more pages now without needing to fling paper pulp all over my kitchen again.
–  I need to experiment more with my camera settings.

Later today I may post a photo of the final card that I’m sending to my parents for their anniversary using this paper. I also might start next week’s project which is bound to take quite a lot of time. I hope you’ll check back!


Project 6: Late night papermaking

February 10, 2011

Paper slurry

Tonight I finally stopped procrastinating and I tried my hand at making some paper. It’s currently drying so I’ll post photos and my lessons learned tomorrow. For now I just want to reflect on the experience so I’ll remember this in the future.

Papermaking is awesome! Sure, it’s messy and some amount of work and my results are still unknown, but I made paper! A person could get pretty creative while making paper. I added some pink dye and some flowers to my last couple of sheets just to see how they’ll turn out. I can imagine being intentional about the types of paper used (old fortune cookie fortunes, maybe?), the colors, and the textures. Even the smells could be altered (wet paper smells kind of nasty).

I tried the food processor because my blender is broken but it didn’t work quite as well as I’d hoped. Mostly it was just really messy. There are little bits of paper pulp all over my kitchen. Still, in the end I had pulp. Actually, I had too much pulp. I seriously overestimated how much paper I would need to make my slurry. As a result, I still have loads of cut up paper and a bin full of unmade slurry. If I hadn’t started this so late in the week (thanks stomach flu) I could have churned out a lot of paper. What you see above is what I have left after making a few sheets. It’s going to go into a bucket for another day.

The photo below shows the paper in its current state: drying between stacks of fabric and newspaper and weighted down by a board. Every so often one of us goes and stands on the board. Before I go to sleep I’ll take the paper out and leave it someplace safe to dry.

I hope I make the time to do this again one day. Stay tuned tomorrow (or later today if you’re seeing this Friday morning) for the results!

Paper press


Project 6: Gathering supplies

February 9, 2011

Papermaking supplies

I’m still not fully recovered from yesterday’s sick day, but most of the supplies I’ll need for this project are things I already have around my house so I can at least get organized. I’ll need:

– The green bin above
– Scrap paper (pulled from the recycling bin)
– “Felts” (cut from an old sheet)
– Newspaper or paper bags to absorb excess water
– My food processor (now that the blender is out of commission)
– And maybe some of that Rit dye that I got for the anodizing project

All I need to buy is some screen and I can get started on the project.


Project 6: Sick day

February 8, 2011

I spent today in bed with a stomach bug and my husband broke my blender trying to make me a smoothie. Hopefully tomorrow will go better and I’ll have homemade paper by the end of the week!


Project 6: Making Paper

February 7, 2011

Paper photo by Joanna

This week I’m going to use this Flickr tutorial to make my own paper. By the end of the week I hope to have a nice paper that I can use to make an anniversary card for my parents who celebrate 36 years on the 15th of February. I’ll need to pick up just a couple of supplies and can spend the rest of the week experimenting with materials. I hope you’ll join me!

Photo by Joanna


Project 5: Done! and Lessons learned

February 4, 2011

Finished Moravian star

I am pleased with how this Moravian star came together. It really wasn’t all that complicated — it just had a lot of pieces. While the glue dries on the last few points I’ll reflect on my lessons learned.

Lessons learned:

– Don’t underestimate the power of glue plus time.
– Even the projects that seem complicated can be tackled one step at a time.
– It’s ok to take a minute to step back and recover from failure if it means gaining the confidence to get going again.
– I wish I were more creative. Wouldn’t it have been more awesome to be assembling a paper object of my own design?

If you would like to find papercraft designs on the internet here are a few places to look:

Jessica Jones at How About Orange features paper crafts frequently. I found the paper calendar there.

Design Sponge is a neat place to visit for a range of topics in the world of design. They feature paper diy crafts and other paper art from time to time. I found the Moravian Star there.

Everything at Instructables is awesome, and lucky for us they have a paper category.

Pepakura Designer is the grandaddy of all pepakura sites. It may take a little browsing to find something you like, but it has a wealth of resources.

Next week: I haven’t decided between a crochet project or something for Valentine’s Day. I’ll think about it over the weekend. See you Monday!


Project 5: Cutting and more cutting

February 3, 2011

Cutting out star pieces

Yesterday I finally bought a cutting mat in preparation for cutting out a million little pieces for the Moravian Star project. Ok, it wasn’t an actual million. I needed 18 of the 4-sided pieces and 8 of the 3-sided pieces. About halfway through cutting them out I realized that if I scored along the fold lines the folding portion would go much faster and easier, so I did that too. The exacto knife, my new cutting mat, and the lovely sunshine were my best friends.

Last night I cut out the center portion and glued it together. Today I’ll finish gluing everything and will hopefully have a finished star to show off tomorrow!