Made a spring-time wreath for our front door! I was inspired by this very lovely project: Gorgeous DIY Paper Wreath.
The leaves lay flat because I used glue instead of staples. I’m fine with it (though I really do love the 3-D-ness of the wreath in that link!).
The leaves are made from really pretty paper I found at Paper Source. Some sort of shimmery ink was used to make the patterns on the paper, so there’s a nice play between natural/hand-made-looking paper and pops of shimmery-ness.
The bird design was inspired by an image from one of my fave stock image sites. I used scraps of paper that I happened to have left over from other projects. The copper paper is shimmery, which echoes the shimmery-ness of the rest of the wreath.
I used a lighter-weight cardboard instead of the usual bookboard, since it’s easier to cut in to a circle. But this means that the wreath started to bow pretty soon after hanging it on the door. 😦 Maybe next year I’ll try to fix it by adding heavier-weight cardboard to the back.
You can’t really tell, but I used a semi-sheer, shimmery, copper-y ribbon to tie it to the door.
Unlike the Vintage Valentines wreath, this did not get a complement by the mailman. Ah well! It makes me happy to see it whenever I come home, so that’s what counts!
Did these two fun paper crafts from Paper Foldables!
Atari 2600 Business Card Holder:
This is pretty ingenious!
I made this for Tim. Now he just needs actual business cards… (I used my own in this pic.)
Accordion Calendar 2010:
…with an accordion-fold calendar inside!
An accordion fold inside of an accordion… I love it!!
Even the calendar design is a-dor-a-ble!
I made these little by little at work, whenever I needed an “I will go mental if I have to stare at this project on my computer screen for one minute longer” break. Looking at these pics make me realize how crap my craft skillz are getting. But it’s also because I used an inkjet printer on heavy cardstock… Will some day figure out a way to make a really clean-looking paper craft!
And speaking of “really clean-looking paper craft”, my friend Elissa shared this link with me. It’s a die-cut paper toy, you just have to glue it together! How cool is that??
I was always torn whether to post gifts I make for people or not. On one hand, they’re personal things that become no longer mine. On the other hand, most of the stuff I make is for other people, so I wouldn’t have much to post if I didn’t share anything. I’ve come to the decision that I think I’ll just use my discretion.
So! In an earlier post, I professed my fascination with paper crafts. One particularly amazing free paper crafts website is cubeecraft.com: Not only are there a bunch of cool artist original designs as well as Cubee’d versions of your favorite pop culture characters for you to download, print, cut out, and assemble (no glue needed! So cool!), but you can also freely download a template to design your own Cubee toy.
Tim and I both love assembling paper toys from this website! So for our anniversary (back in June; yeah, I’m a bit slow in posting this), I thought it’d be brilliant to design Cubee versions of ourselves. Of course summers are super duper busy at work, but I managed to make these in time:
What the template of Tim looks like.
And this is the me template.
I also made Action Hand-Holding Arms. The arms stick out to the side and hopefully the heart folds up somewhere inbetween. Tim hasn’t made these guys yet… And I haven’t tried it out to see if it would work… It’s part of the surprise Tim will feel when he finally assemble this thing, haha!
sexy un-Cubee’d lovebirds
If you haven’t already, check out cubeecraft.com for awesome toy designs!!!!!!!!!!!! And try designing one of your own, it’s great!
I really like paper. I can spend lots of time just looking at paper at shops, let alone buying and collecting sheets for future projects (or just to look at. I know I’m weird!!). I also like making boxes and packaging, and especially origami and architectural origami.
Something I’ve recently gotten into is making paper toys! There are some pretty awesome websites with some cool templates out there. Here are some pics of little guys I’ve made so far!
I keep these guys at work.
They’re inside the entrance to my cube, so make sure to take a peek next time you stop by and say hi to me at work! Also, look at that lense distortion!
More of a close-up shot.
One of my FAVORITE paper toys website is cubeecraft.com. Not only are these templates designed so that you don’t need to use glue to assemble them (so cool!!), but the actual toy characters are all fun things that are so near and dear to my heart. Check it out!
Other websites that these little guys came from:
I’ll post any more paper thingies I make in the future (which will probably be A LOT). And soon I’ll probably get off my butt and start making some of my own templates!