December 23, 2013
December 20, 2013
It's fun and easy to make these traditional paper ornaments, and there are lots of tutorials out there. I posted a how-to in 2006 and decided to make more for my tree this year. This time I didn't glue these modules into a star (which looks great; see the old post). I like them as simple individual ornaments, too.
To make cutting more uniform, here's the template I drew.
Print out a page and cut along the inner lines with an X-acto knife. (I freehand it.) Then cut out the squares.
Bend the center flaps inward.
Moving outward from the center, bend the next pair of flaps around to meet on the opposite side. Secure them with glue or tape.
Keep alternating the direction of the flaps until each pair is joined.
If you like, glue the points of six ornaments together to make a lacy star.
December 19, 2013
I made wee origami Santas. Each guy is folded from two 1 1/2" squares of red paper. Have the kids tuck one inside your Christmas cards or stick them onto gift tags. Make them green and they could be elves.
Learn how to make these easy origami Santas right here at HoikuAkira. The instructions are in Japanese, but I just followed the photos. Google translate didn't add much value; the pictures were enough to get the job done.
December 17, 2013
December 10, 2013
Need to add a little Christmas cheer to your desktop or phone? Check out these freebies posted by kind designers around the internets. Above, one of a collection of sweater desktops at The Sweet Escape.
Find several calligraphy backgrounds at Fabulous K (lettering by Heather of Design Roots.
Help yourself to holiday iPhone backgrounds by Heidi Sonnenschein.
November 22, 2013
Recently a review copy of Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars: 75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl showed up at my door. I love paper folding and cutting, and any medallion-type design with radiating modules, so this is right up my alley.
Christmas is coming so it's the perfect time to start folding paper decorations. Hang them on your tree, string them as garlands, or decorate packages with pretty paper toppers. Your friends and family will either be incredibly impressed or conclude you have way too much time on your hands.
The paper models are all origami, kirigami, and quilling projects with step-by-step directions and templates. A sampling of what you can make:
I tried out a star. Fun! You can get Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars right here at Amazon.
December 21, 2012
Ice cream cones
Retro foam ornaments
Origami garland (not on the tree at the moment, since it's in the process of getting longer.)
Merry Christmas, everyone!
December 20, 2012
To make these paper teardrops, download the template and print it on colored paper.
Align the sides of two pieces and glue them together. Keep gluing in more pieces until the ornament is as full as you like. I used 16 pieces for these, but you could add even more. Then string the ornaments on thread.
December 18, 2012
December 17, 2012
Above, wallpaper from Ampersand Design Studio with a matching gift tag download
Wordpress, in blue and red versions
West Elm, an assortment of choices
The Henry Ford (scroll down a bit when you get there)
Eleanor Grosch, a variety of options
ModCloth, various designs
December 14, 2012
See all of his build-it-yourself projects here, including holiday bulbs, a turkey, and Santa's sleigh. Or check out the Star Wars ornaments, along with a piece of cake and a hamburger. Find the parts lists and instructions for the Christmas items right here. Awesome!
December 11, 2012
You could use just a white sheet of cardstock to make this. Or, if you want contrasting colors, do what I did:
Print the template at 100% on white cardstock. (This makes a 4.25" x 5.5" folded card to fit a standard A-2 announcement envelope.)
Then glue a colored sheet of light-weight paper to the back of the cardstock. I used my fancy Xyron machine and some cheap Astrobright paper from Office Max. You could also use spray adhesive to glue the colored paper to the white cardstock. Or better yet, find cardstock that's already two colors.
Then cut out the card.
Fold the pointed flaps down to form the tree and fold the card in half.
Cut matching paper to 8.5" x 5.5", fold it in half, and use a strip of double stick tape to secure it to the inside back panel of the card.
I like how the cutouts create shadows and a 3D look.
December 06, 2012
December 05, 2012
Learn how to make it from Daily Origami's YouTube video tutorial. The design is by Toshie Takahama.
I didn't have a long enough needle to string them, so I used a piece of thin wire bent double at the end to form a hook. I poked holes in the ends of the beads first with a real needle, then used my make-shift needle to pull the thread through.
December 04, 2012
Sarah is a graphic designer and blogger who loves making things. She spends her days designing custom stationery, crafting DIY projects and covering her entire house with glitter. You can find daily design inspiration and DIY projects at her blog, Sarah Hearts, and view her portfolio here.
Gold and silver alphabet
Pink and teal alphabet
Red and green alphabet
December 03, 2012
November 29, 2012
November 26, 2012
But I'm seeing lots of designerly Christmas printables appear around the internet, including this fun, free holiday card from Love vs. Design. Download the PDF, type in your own text, and print. You can select a flat or folded card, and get some "ugly sweater" gift tags, too!
December 21, 2011
Somehow my gift wrapping session turned into a snowflake cutting session. I wanted to try making some snowflakes that look a little more 3D than the usual version. These are made with computer paper, a stapler, double-sided tape, and a scissors.
If you've got standard staples that are 1/2" wide, accordian-fold a sheet of computer paper so that the pleats are 8 1/2" wide by about 3/4". If you get to the end of the sheet and have a little extra paper left over, trim it off.
Staple the folded paper as close to the center of the stack as your stapler will reach. Fold the stack in half at the staple and cut off any excess paper from the long side. The staple should now be in the center.
Unless you're using extra thin paper or you have super-human strength, you won't be able to cut through all the layers of paper when the stack is folded in half. So unfold the stack and cut a snowflake pattern out of one half, then repeat for the other half, duplicating your design.
Pull open the accordian folds and join two adjacent ends with double-sided tape, forming a semicircle.
Repeat the process to make the other half of the snowflake decoration, cutting the same design from a second piece of folded paper. Join the two halves together with more tape.
Try making smaller snowflakes from a single piece of paper—put the staple closer to one end of the folded stack and cut more off the other end.